Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Even though we definitely live in some of the most exciting times in human history, with amazing new technological advances and experiences more accessible to most of us than ever before, the reality of the situation is we also live in the fastest changing and most stressful period in human history – and that’s causing a lot of us a considerable amount of anxiety. Folks report having significant anxiety and low-level chronic stress on a pretty much daily basis, and it’s easy to see why. The daily news bombards us with horror story after horror story, our social media feeds are filled with either posed images of the ideal lives our “friends” are living or more nightmare stories, and the economy bounces from one extreme to the other without any real rhyme or reason. Thankfully though, happiness doesn’t have to elude us any longer. The beauty of true happiness is that we are really always in control of whether or not we feel fantastic and feel like embracing everything happiness has to offer – and all it really takes to gain ownership over those feelings is to acknowledge and accept this to be true while implementing the seven tips and tricks we were able to share with you below. Let’s rock and roll! Start to listen more to your inner child The daily grind of adulthood seems almost like it has been created specifically to wear us down, beat us up, and force us to kind of just “go with the flow” while taking on more and more responsibility along the way. Children don’t have to deal with any of this static, and are instead able to flow through life without a lot of stress or worry mostly because they see the world as a land of opportunity rather than a land filled with problems and challenges. Embrace your inner child and find joy in the life you lead and everything changes almost overnight. Hunt for things to be grateful for It is very, very difficult to be unhappy when you are trying to be grateful and looking to express gratitude, just because these two emotions are on the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum and simply cannot exist in the same space. Bail on looking for things you can “take” from others and instead look to recognize all of the things that you have already have and all of the things that you can be grateful for. This is a major paradigm shift that will cause happiness to flood into your life in a way that you wouldn’t have been able to anticipate otherwise. Take one hand off the wheel When we are young we want to take on everything and anything that comes our way, really embracing our opportunity to control things that as children we were never able to control at all. Sometimes, though, this kind of approach results in us trying to micromanage our lives without really recognizing the fact that nothing happens in a vacuum – and most of the experiences we have will be beyond our control completely. Continue to guide your life down the path that you want to follow but also take one hand off the wheel and accept that you’ll never be able to control everything. Pull yourself out of the medial mud The media today (and, honestly, the media sense the heydays of Yellow Journalism) is less interested in making sure that you are informed about the world around you and much more interested in publishing sensational and outlandish stories designed to strike fear into your hearts. Long ago the media began to understand that fear works better than absolutely everything else when it comes to persuasion and capturing attention. This is why you hear stories about terrible car accidents, terrorist attacks, and other nightmare scenarios and so little about local volunteers and positive programs happening each and every single day. Get out of the mud and you’ll find that happiness becomes a lot easier to embrace. Learn the value of saying “no” Most people are under the impression that they will be happy if they take on everything and everything they can and every opportunity that comes their way, but really all that does is add a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, and a lot of complexity while reducing happiness at the exact same time. Say no more often and you’ll be able to “clear your deck” and pursue only the things that really make you happy. Nurture happiness wherever you discover it It’s a big mistake to think that you don’t have an active role in developing happiness in your life, but it’s an even bigger mistake to believe that once you find happiness you can just kind of put it on autopilot and let whatever it is that makes you happy right now do all of the heavy lifting. Nothing could be further from the truth! Like anything worthwhile in this world, you have to be dedicated to working on developing more happiness, nurturing the things that make you happy right now, and finding new ways to expand the happiness that you have already discovered. Organize your life, cleanout clutter, and release yourself from the past It’s really, really difficult to move forward while still carrying the anchor of baggage from the past – which is exactly why you have to jettison as much of that as you are able to in a conscious and active way. By cleaning up the clutter you make more space emotionally for you to bring happiness into your life and everything becomes a lot more enjoyable from that moment on.