Did you know that a HUGE part of being happy is being satisfied with your life? Because if you’re never satisfied, you’ll never feel content. So here’s how to find satisfaction from the book How We Choose To Be Happy and Best Life magazine.

  • Branch out. When your self-worth is tied up in one thing, be it your job, your kids, or your marriage – you’re setting yourself up for unhappiness. Because if anything goes wrong with that one element, like you lose your job, or your kids turns out to be a drug dealer – you’ll feel like a failure. However, if your life is comprised of several things, like being a good friend, a hard worker, and a good tennis player, no one failure is ever catastrophic to your self-esteem.
  • Take responsibility for your life. Unhappy people see themselves as victims. So when bad things happen, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” and “What’s the opportunity here?” Thinking like that quickly moves you from wallowing into productive action. 
  • Be a straight shooter. When you say things, don’t be hurtful. You can’t build yourself up by tearing others down. Don’t be a suck-up either. It shreds your integrity. When you’re consistently honest, people can rely on you and trust you – and they’ll have your back.
  • Start expressing thanks. Be satisfied with what others do for you and let them know you’re grateful – from the co-worker who saved your skin in a meeting, to a friend who’s always there to listen. Plus, when you’re actively grateful, you’re not wasting energy harping on the things you don’t have.
  • Empathy. Offering understanding to others makes you more likeable. So look others in the eye, really listen to what they’re saying, keep your mouth shut, and be open to their influence. You’re not always right and you don’t always know the answer. Accepting that will lead to a more satisfying life.