Happiness has to come from within. Money or a perfect relationship can ease stress day to day but the only thing that will bring you true happiness is yourself. This terrifying fact requires that you first take responsibility for your current state of happiness (or unhappiness).
- Accept yourself as you are right now
This can be incredibly difficult but it is essential to the process of finding happiness. In no way does accepting yourself now mean that you do not strive for improvement but it means truly embracing the idea of loving yourself at every stage, throughout the entirety of self growth and inevitable regression. You are always worthy of happiness, no matter what.
- Strive for balance
Almost anything done in excess can lead to problems. Being too strict makes you feel repressed and a lackadaisical life can make you unproductive which in turn negatively impacts motivation.
- Stop comparing yourself to others
Happiness is not about what you have, it's about how you use it. Social media makes comparing ourselves to peers way too easy. What you see on social media is a calculated snapshot of a persons life intended to display their best possible image. If you are comparing yourself in everyday moments to the highlight reel of someone else's life you will constantly be disappointed.