9. You’re Holding A Grudge.
As the saying goes, holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die – the only person it hurts is you. So if someone else has wronged you, choose to forgive them – not because they necessarily deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
10. You Don’t Live A Healthy Lifestyle.
“Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking, just as ill health indicates a bad regimen.” Paul Bourget
You’ll meet a few happy people who don’t eat well, exercise frequently or make it their business to get a good night’s sleep. It’s almost a law of nature.
11. You Abuse Drugs Or Alcohol.
“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, and killing ourselves to get it.” – Don Herold
Alcohol is a depressant, and taking drugs to make you happy is the human equivalent of a dog chasing its tail.
12. You Don’t Learn From Your Mistakes.
If you don’t learn from your mistakes at work, in your personal life, and with regards to your health, then you’re going to keep repeating them – which of course is another recipe for unhappiness. So if something in your life didn’t turn out the way you’d have liked it to, take the time to analyze where you went wrong and work out what you can do differently next time so that the outcome isn’t the same as before.
If you found yourself ticking a number of boxes on this list, then the good news is that while the presence of any of these circumstances or behaviors is sure to stifle your happiness, they’re all relatively simple situations or habits to change. So take responsibility for your happiness and make that change now.
As the saying goes, there’s no better time than the present.
Here’s an interesting video that you may find helpful:
Written by Danny Baker
Originally appeared in The Goodmen Project