When every day finds you swamped with work tasks, domestic responsibilities and overwhelming exhaustion, you may attribute your activities as contributing to your gloom and unhappiness. However, you may find that with a few simple attitude adjustments, your perspective changes for the better. You must be able to get more things done, encounter less resistance from others and feel healthier.
Thankful people tend to be happier with what they have. Materialism and the desire to amass more possessions doesn’t typically make people happier. After a certain point, after basic needs get taken care of, increased wealth tends not to improve your ability to get excited about each new day. So what will? Here are three reasons you’re probably not as happy as you should be, along with some tips on how to fix the situation.
Poor time management skills can result in unhappy people. These people take on too many tasks, find themselves constantly overwhelmed and taxed by daily chores. Other people who depend on them feel cheated too. Lack of concentration on finishing one task may rob you and those around you the opportunity to celebrate a job well done and revel in your glory. To fix this situation, set goals for yourself. Prioritize your goals and ensure that each day you work on the highest priority things first. It may be that your time gets absorbed into activities that don’t contribute to your long-term objectives. By keeping a daily log of your actions, you can self-assess what tasks contribute to your feeling overwhelmed and unhappy. You may find that with some simple modifications, such as delegating, delaying or eliminating tasks, you’ll see that your work becomes quite manageable and not as desperately out of control as you thought it was.
Failing to challenge yourself can result in boredom and apathy. You can avoid this unhappy feeling by taking more risks and trying more daring activities. Playing it safe can make you unhappy without your realizing its impact. Take a chance on accepting a new assignment, learning a new craft or meeting new people. By keeping yourself busy, you may find you don’t have time to think about being unhappy. Try something different by making small changes, such as eating new foods, attempting new exercise routines and making new friends can alleviate stress and increase your satisfaction with your life.
Recognizing your value improves your happiness. Avoid negativity by taking positive actions to change situations that get you down. This action can help you limit the amount of time you spend fretting about the future by focusing on the present. To gain confidence in current abilities, join groups that conduct activities you enjoy, such as book clubs. You can also join organizations that contribute to confidence building in your other areas of expertise. Toasmasters.org, for example, offers programs to help you improve your speaking and leadership skills by building on the ones you already possess.
You may be unhappy because you haven’t taken the time to ponder on all the aspects of your life that you have to be thankful for and all the people who make that possible. Stop and reflect on your bounty, and you may find that your happiness index rises, as a result. Chronic worriers overreact and misread their emotions. By slowing down and establishing focus, you may find you’re happier than you realize you are!