If happiness is free, how come people can not find happiness?
I have invested the last 15 years of my life studying happiness and personal development. Today, I will share with you how to find happiness in your everyday life. Let me get started with some history.
What if I told you today that everything you know about happiness is wrong? What if I told you that your brain was not designed to be happy?
It all started about 200 thousand years ago, our ancestors lived in caves. Men would only leave the cave to hunt, and women would only leave to gather food. Men were called hunters, women were called gathers. Both genders had two goals for surviving and thriving. Happiness was not something that they cared about.
The only reason we survived and other creatures didn’t is our mind. Our biggest weapon was not a stone or a stick, it was our brain. We were not the biggest animal or the strongest, but we are the smartest. The mental ability that helped us survive has kept us unhappy and stressed for a long time.
We survived because our brains focus on the negative aspect of life. Scientists call this tendency “Negativity Bias”. This negative bias allows us to pay attention to any signs of danger, and react. That is the reason most of us are afraid of the unknown and I’m convinced you can not be afraid and happy at the same time.
Our brains might have evolved, but it is still wired the same way, we care about survival and safety more than anything. Now, that you are aware of this negative bias, it will be easier for you to find happiness in your everyday life.
This article will talk about 10 scientific proven tips to find happiness in your everyday life:
1. Find Your Why
Forget about your goals, think about your purpose. Think about the underlying reasons you want to accomplish your goals.
The Classic author James Addison wrote about finding happiness, he said:
“There are three grand essentials to happiness in life, something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”