“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.” – Dobinsky
Does your life feel purposeless and like it’s filled with more negatives than positives? I get it — I’ve been there, and it’s not a fun place to be.
But don’t worry! You can turn your unhappiness into happiness. The first step in changing your life for the better is to recognize where you are right now versus where you want to be.
Here are 11 signs you’re unhappy followed by what you can:
1.) You dread the sound of your alarm clock because it means you have to wake up and face another day.
2.) You always focus on the negatives rather than the positives in every situation.
3.) You constantly complain about everything in the world but don’t try to come up with any solutions.
4.) You surround yourself with toxic people who also are chronic complainers.
5.) You stay at a job you hate because it’s easier to be miserable at work than put in the effort to find something you do enjoy.
6.) You idly waste your time on social media and watching TV rather than spending time honing your passions and working on yourself.
7.) One “bad” thing (such as stubbing your toe in the morning) will ruin your whole day.
8.) You take everything personally.
9.) You allow the thoughts and opinion of others to dictate how you feel about yourself.
10.) You don’t believe you deserve more so you never strive for more.
11.) You feel like you don’t have a purpose or calling in life.
If this sounds like you, let this serve as your official wake up call because you’re now being guided to trade in your unhappiness for happiness, here’s how:
1.) Get the Negative People Out of Your Life
You are who you surround yourself with and if anyone is routinely making you feel bad about yourself or life in general, you need to let them go!
2.) Listen to Motivational Podcasts in the Morning
All of us our energetic beings living in an energetic world. We soak in the thoughts, ideas and feelings we surround ourselves with. Start your day on a good foot (even if you stub your toe!) and listen to something that will inspire and uplift your day!
3.) Give Thanks
Gratitude is a powerful force that is scientifically proven to help us feel better! And if you’re unhappy with where you are right now, saying thank you for the things you DO have is a great starting point to invite more goodness into your life.
Begin each day by saying thank you for three things, and watch in amazement as you suddenly find yourself surrounded by an abundance of things to be grateful for.
4.) Deactivate Your Social Media Accounts
Don’t waste another second of your precious time sifting through social media and feeling bad about how “perfect” everyone else’s life seems to be. As you’re going through this transformation, allow yourself the grace and space to be separated from anything that does not serve you in a positive way.
5.) Set Aside at Least 30 Minutes Everyday to Work on Yourself
You are the masterpiece of your life, and as such YOU should be your biggest priority. Set aside time every single day to do something you want to do.
Read a book. Take a walk. Craft a DIY project. Apply to school. Hone your passions. Explore your interests. Make yourself a priority.
6.) Set Small Daily Goals
Everyday before you leave your house, set small daily goals that are actionable and attainable. This will allow you to think about what you want, strategize for how you can achieve it and use your time wisely. And by the end of the day you’ll look back and feel productive and accomplished.
What’s more — goal setting will enable you to see HOW your using your time, and encourage you to use it wisely!
Above all, remember, the only person who can change your life is you. If you’re unhappy, it’s up to you to take that first step towards a new life and do the things necessary to make yourself happy. Happiness is a choice, not a result. Use these suggestions to empower yourself to live a happier life starting today!
About Antasha Durbin: Antasha is a spiritual writer, life-long student of the universe, and psychic tarot card reader. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to casualizing the spiritual experience and making it attainable for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Follow her for free, easy-to-digest and highly actionable advice on spirituality, mindfulness and empowered living.