Fame, fortunes, and glories are all good and well, but they’re not the real successes of life. That comes from happiness; and not just any happiness, but long-term, deep contentment. While there’s no shortage of temporary pleasures out there, the real deal is deep-rooted and long-lasting. Achieving this is, of course, a challenge, otherwise, everyone would have it. While it’s largely an individual journey, there are some things that everyone can apply to their lives to push them in the right direction. Let’s take a look at a few.
What’s A Potential Problem?
You can learn a lot from actor, rapper, and all-around entertainment Jamie Foxx. He says that one of the best ways to become and remain happy is to think about what problems could lie around the corner. If you’ve already taken care of all the things that can disrupt your life and cause misery, then what’s the issue? Potential problems could relate to your financial situation, personal relationships, health, or anything else. Taking a proactive approach, rather than waiting for the issues to materialise, will help to stay on an even keel.
Indeed, we can take this idea further and say that a key component of long-term happiness is trying to find consistency. Once you’ve achieved happiness, you don’t want anything to come along and disrupt it. There are many ways to do this, such as finding a stable, long-term career. If you’ve got a finely balanced family, then ask yourself valuable questions, such as ‘would another child disrupt what we currently have?’ and ‘how much does a vasectomy cost?’ While there’ll always be space in your life for spontaneity and for achieving more, it’ll be your consistency that provides the platform for long-term happiness.
Keep on Swimming
And talking of achieving more: keep on doing it! Many of us spend the first few decades of our life trying to achieve greatness, but then end up slowing down. It’s important that you keep on swimming, however. If you’re going to enjoy life as much in fifty years as you do today, then you’ll need to retain your sense of wonder and possibility, and perhaps the best way to do that is to continue making goals. These don’t have to be related to your career or anything like that, in fact, they probably shouldn’t be. Dream big and set yourself challenges: they’ll push you forward and show you just what you’re capable of.
OK, get ready for a little dose of corniness: the real secret to long-term happiness? Giving love! A lot of us focus on receiving love, but the real gift of life is to give it out. Or at least that’s what our finest minds have concluded. This can be difficult to do on a daily basis, and also it’s pretty vague anyway, so it could be better to focus on making a positive impact on the world in any way you can, for example by volunteering, donating money, and random acts of kindness.