8 Legit Wealthy Minded Actions That Bring Happiness and Help Make Us Better

Brings Happiness

Not too long ago, I wrote a post with tips for being positive, but I wanted to take it a bit further and offer ideas for bringing happiness into our lives. I recently read an article about how we can learn from others; that we don’t have to figure things out all on our own. We can follow others’ examples of how they became happy. So here’s the top 8 legit wealthy minded actions that bring happiness and help make us better.

1.Align Our Actions With Our Belief System

This one is key. We will feel unrest and uneasiness if we aren’t acting in accordance with what we believe. Our beliefs are an important part of who we are and if we’re going against those beliefs then we won’t be able to feel true happiness. It will cause us to feel off-balance. If there’s things you aren’t doing (or are doing) that you know you should (or shouldn’t) be doing then realign your actions to be in accordance with what you know to be true or right.

Mahatma Gandhi is said to have written, “Happiness is when, what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

2.Be With Those That Make You Want To Be Better

Those that we surround ourselves with can build us up or bring us down. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Who is in your social circle? Think about your friends that you spend the most time with. Are they the kind of people you desire to be like? Or are they not? Make sure you’re surrounding yourself with those that are building you up, that you can learn from and that make you happy.

“The quantity and quality of a person’s social connections—friendships, relationships with family members, closeness to neighbors, etc.—is so closely related to well-being and personal happiness the two can practically be equated.” -Christine Carter

3.Avoid Idle Hands

Idle hands make the devil’s work. Or in other words, being idle gets you into trouble. Make sure you are working hard and working smart. Being lazy, or idle, causes you to be more tired than actual work does. Ever lounge around all day and at the end of the day, you’re so tired, but don’t really know why because you haven’t been doing anything? I know I’ve done that before.

Working hard gives you a sense of accomplishment which brings satisfaction and happiness.

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.” -Joseph Barbara

4.Give To Others

Many studies have been done that show when we are sacrificing for others, our own happiness increases. When we have an outward focus, we worry less about ourselves. Whether it’s giving of our time, money or services, we will see our own happiness increase. I know after I’ve been able to serve someone else I feel better about myself.

There’s opportunities to serve all around us. We can volunteer in our church, our community, or non-profit organizations. It can be simple things like helping someone move, baking dinner for a new mom, babysitting, giving someone a ride, etc. Donating money to your church, non-profit organizations, or hospitals is also a great way to give; knowing that you’ve been able to help someone else provides great happiness.

“It is impossible to both selfish and happy.” -Dark Angel

“The happiest people I know are those that lose themselves in the service of others.” -Gordon B. Hinckley

5.Go To Your Sanctuary

Wherever you get your strength from, go there often. For me, this is my church’s temple. Going there reminds me why I’m here and where I’m going; it provides that peace and time not ‘in the world.’ By taking the time to go to your ‘sanctuary’ it increases your happiness because it provides a type of cleansing, a way to take a step back from all the busyness and rejuvenate your soul. Yours could be meditation or nature. Make sure you are meditating, surrounding yourself in nature or doing whatever brings you that strength often so you can get that strength and happiness to carry on.

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.” -Author Unknown

6.Embrace Your Family

For those of us that have the opportunity, creating a family of our own will offer us immense happiness. Since I have not experienced this yet, I am speaking from what I’ve heard others say (those that I trust) and also from the happiness that I feel when I’m surrounded by my nieces and nephews. I cannot explain the deep love I feel for my nieces and nephews. I feel so close to them and they bring me such joy – I can only imagine that feeling will be multiplied when I have my own family.

Even those that don’t have their own families are still part of a family and we can strengthen those relationships. I’ve been trying harder to call my mom more often and I can tell she just loves it. By knowing it increases her happiness, it increases my own happiness. By strengthening our family relationships, we can have that sense of belonging to help ease our worries and increase our happiness.

“Happiness in marriage and parenthood can exceed a thousand times any other happiness.” – James E. Faust

7.Be a Peacemaker

Contention can arise at anytime for any reason (valid or not); we need to make sure we are doing things to bring peace, not contention. This would include showing kindness or love toward others, even when we don’t feel like being kind or loving. Remember the phrase, if you don’t have anything kind to say, don’t say anything at all. This is a good rule of thumb for keeping the peace.

It’s not always easy to be a peacemaker, but we can commit before contention arises to do our best to keep the peace then when it does arise, hopefully we’ll think about our commitment.

Contention is on the opposite end of the spectrum from happiness, so the further we stay away from contention the happier we will be.

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli

8.Focus on Being Prepared

The Boy Scouts have it right with their motto, “Be Prepared.” If we are prepared, we will have less worry, thereby increasing our happiness. Working for a food storage company (I’m not talking about Tupperware, I’m talking about food that you can store for a long time, like 30 years), has given me enlightenment about being prepared. I’ve heard others’ experiences about how they weren’t prepared for an emergency, or that they were prepared for an emergency. People have lost their jobs and haven’t had money to feed their families. On the other hand, people were stuck in their home due to an ice storm and were glad they had prepared ahead of time so they could actually eat. We need to make sure we are prepared for whatever may come our way.

If we are prepared, we do not fear. We do not have to worry. We can live a life of happiness, knowing that we have prepared the best we can, so come what may. Preparedness isn’t necessarily just making sure we have food storage in our homes or that we have a flashlight handy (although both good things), it could mean we are preparing ourselves to become a knowledgeable, loving mother or father, or being spiritually prepared for challenges we might face. Whatever ’emergency’ we think may come up, if we are prepared then we can have happiness because we won’t be living in fear or worry about those emergencies.

“Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness.” -Don Williams, Jr.

Essentially, Aristotle summed it up nicely when he said, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” We can choose to put these tips for bringing happiness into our own lives or we can choose not to. It’s entirely up to us. What will you do?

What brings happiness to your life? Share in the comments below.

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