Just because something is comfortable doesn’t mean we have to do it continuously. Just because we’re good at something doesn’t mean it has to become our life’s work. So many people don’t change anything and then wonder why nothing changes.

Yes, the comfort zone just feels so nice and safe. And a regular income is also a piece of security that most would not want to do without.

The good news is that you don’t have to completely overhaul your life. Even small changes and steps in a new direction can create great moments of happiness. You can find suggestions as to what these could be in the picture gallery.

Fear is the biggest killjoy! It keeps us from fulfilling our dreams: a job change, a confession of love, a solo trip or a skydive – fear often prevents us from doing what we really want.

Tip: Think about the worst that could happen. For example a rejection or less money. And ask yourself: could I handle it?

Do things all or nothing instead of half-heartedly. It starts with actively enjoying a cup of tea. Sit on the balcony, close your eyes and take in the sun’s rays and the warmth of the cup in your hand. Tip: Learn to experience things consciously.

You should also try to answer the following question for yourself: What is my heart burning for? What do I always feel like doing (but often don’t have enough time)? What immediately brings a smile to my face when I think about it? Tip: Bring more of this into your everyday life – or ideally make it your new calling.

Starting with yourself. No, that’s not selfish, it’s healthy and necessary for a happy life.

Tip: Don’t passively wait for someone to fill your being with love. Actively give exactly the love you crave – without expectations, without fear.

We dance for joy. But why don’t we dance for joy? Movement in general – and uncontrolled dancing in particular – releases happiness hormones. Tip: whether alone or in a group: let go and let yourself be carried away by the beat of the music.

Certain things are beyond our control: for example, we cannot change other people. But we can do everything we can to align our lives in such a way that our desires can be fulfilled. For example, you can do a Portuguese course if you dream of living in Brazil. Tip: Create the right circumstances to get closer to your dream.

And then make the wish to the universe! Tip: Trust that you’ve done everything in your power to live your dreams – and then let go. Trust that you will meet the right people and opportunities.

Envy, resentment, greed: These feelings are human, but they only make you (and your ego) feel bad. Tip: Don’t compare yourself to others. Concentrate on yourself and your own assets. Which leads us to the next lucky charm…

Do you have a roof over your head, are you healthy and have a family you love? Congratulations! Tip: Remind yourself daily – for example before you go to bed – of what you are thankful for in your life.

Nature provides us with everything we need. Enjoy the tranquility of a walk through the forest, be impressed by the view from a mountain peak and be left speechless by a sunset. Feel the warmth of a log fire. Look up at the stars. Tip: soak up the beauty of the earth. Use the natural resources of our universe.

Those who help others without expecting anything in return are closer to their own happiness than they might have previously thought possible. Our true purpose in life is always related to this in the larger overall context:

What can I do to make this world a better place? Tip: No matter how small the help, try to do something selfless as often as possible.

As parents, we try to give our children what we know best for their journey through life. But why don’t we also share our treasures with our fellow human beings? If you teach others something, you contribute to your own happiness. This can be passing on a book you have read or teaching a yoga exercise. Tip: Share your knowledge instead of just using it for your own benefit.

Remember how and who you were as a child before your parents, society, commitments, (painful) experiences and expectations changed you. This is your true identity.

Tip: Reconnect with your soul. Be yourself. Because all other identities are already taken! Always be curious.

Those who are completely in the moment can neither be angry about the past nor worry about the future. Tip: bring yourself actively and consciously back into this moment. Tell yourself: “I’m here!” You can also bring your attention to the now by focusing on the inhalation and exhalation and through meditation.

Seeing a rainbow together, sharing a pizza or doing an ass bomb from the five-meter board: shared experiences with friends are wonderful moments of happiness. Because happiness is the only thing that doubles when shared. And pain gets less bad with a friend by your side. Tip: Maintain friendships, in good times and in bad.

You are what you think! Your own thoughts have incredible power. Consciously look for guiding principles (mantras) with which you can actively steer your thoughts in a positive direction. Tip: For example, smile at your reflection and tell yourself: “I’m enough!” or: “I am love!

The World is a Book. Those who never travel only see one side of it. Tip: Leave your comfort zone, enter new terrain and get to know new languages, cultures and people.

Don’t become a victim of circumstance, a doormat, or a target for others. Tip: Don’t take other people’s behavior personally. Let it bounce off you and don’t let it upset you. Draw boundaries!

If you can’t be alone with yourself, how can other people be? Tip: Try to find time for yourself and enjoy it to the fullest. Key word: self love! You cannot expect another person to make you happy.

Laughter is healthy and makes you happy. Even a fake smile ensures that happiness hormones are released in the body. Tip: smile in the mirror in the morning and laugh from the bottom of your heart as often as possible. Infect others with your laughter!

This article was written by teleschau.

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