5 simple ways to be happy

Most people want to be happy in life. I want to list the 5 surefire ways that can make a person happy.

1. Meditation

When you can make your mind quiet during your meditation, you will be happy. Happiness is a state of mind. Meditation is a practice that enables you to alter your state of mind. Meditation is the shortest path to happiness.

2. Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is monitoring your mind all day and all night. Mindfulness means that as we go through the day we learn to gain control of our thoughts and emotions. We learn to replace negative thinking with positive thinking. Mindfulness is about living in the present moment. We don’t want to dwell in the past and worry about the future. The key to happiness is to be right here right now.

3. Giving

The fun in life is to give. The more we give the happier we become. We can give our money, time, energy, wisdom or love. We need to learn how to give selflessly with no expectation of return. When we give from the heart, we will be happy.

4. Nature

When you spend time in nature, it renews your spirit, energizes you and makes you happy. There is something about being in nature that brings balance and happiness into your life.

5. Gratitude

The study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons has shown practicing gratitude can increase happiness by 25%. The practice of gratitude is simple and easy to carry out. Get a piece of paper or a journal. Write down things you’re grateful. For example, thank you for being alive. I am grateful for the beautiful sunset. You’ll find when you’re done listing things you’re grateful for in your life, your frame of mind will be transported to a place of happiness and contentment. Try it and see it for yourself.