Be positive. No matter what you have, where you are, or who you’re with, yourperception of your circumstances is more important than the circumstances themselves. To put this into perspective, consider this fact: at any given moment, there are other people in the world who have less money, less resources, and less loved ones than you do, and yet they are happier. Similarly, there are people who are richer than you, in better shape, and with more resources, who feel less fulfilled than you do.
- Get in the habit of noticing the positive aspects of whatever situation you find yourself in. If you find yourself complaining about what’s going on around you, then counter each complaint you make with one or two positive observations.
- Stop criticizing yourself and those around you. Again, everybody has both positive and negative qualities; this is a universal fact. If you constantly focus on the negative qualities in your spouse, for example, then those are what you will notice, and you will constantly feel frustrated and annoyed. In contrast, if you constantly remind yourself of the positive qualities in your spouse, then those are what you will notice, and you will feel appreciative and lucky.