There are actually quite a few habits that steal your happiness and you won't even realize how much harm they can cause you. We all wish to be happy no matter what other goals we might have and we work really hard to achieve it, but sometimes, some of the things we do are not really in our favor. We all have bad habits that steal our joy. Some of these harmful behaviors and dysfunctional beliefs can really affect our emotional well-being if we don’t do anything to correct them. Here are a few examples of bad habits that steal your happiness that you probably never considered before:
1. Waiting for the Perfect Moment
In my opinion, this is definitely the most important thing you should correct if you want to get rid of those habits that steal your happiness. There is no such thing as the perfect moment! Take a moment and make it perfect! You’ll never feel ready enough for everything so take a chance and value every opportunity you get. I absolutely love this quote by Angel Chernoff, one of the people who really inspire me, who said “You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly.”. So beautifully said and so true!
2. Comparing Yourself to Others
This is another very destructive behavior you should try to correct so you’ll be able to focus on your own happiness instead of spending all your energy caring about what other people do. Everyone is different so don’t think that you will fail if you don’t do exactly what somebody else did in order to succeed. Take control of your life and don’t let others do the thinking for you. Have a little more trust in your abilities and focus on your resources and not only on your flaws.
3. Working Only to Get a Paycheck
I know how hard it is now days to find a job, not to mention a job that you’ll absolutely love. But, despite of all those economic problems everyone faces, you shouldn’t give up on your dreams and work only to get a paycheck. Don’t abandon the search for that dream job! You never know what you can find unless you try to find it. Working without interest, only to earn enough money to pay your bills is just like imprisonment. In the long term, it will steal your happiness, unless you do something about it.
4. Holding Tight to Negative Thoughts
This bad habit can really affect your psychological health if you don’t do something to correct it. Don’t let all those worries, fears or negativity take over your life! Learn to recognize them and then let go of them. It can be a bit difficult at first, but you know what they say, the fist step is the hardest. Learn to enjoy the things you have and don’t hold on to all those negative thoughts that can only steal your happiness!
5. Dwelling on Difficulties
People have to face all kinds of difficulties every single day. There are a lot of adversities that can affect your well-being, yet you shouldn't let them steal your happiness or make you forget who you are. Sometimes, a bad day is just a bad day and nothing more! You can learn a lot even from the biggest setbacks you’ll have to face. Just don’t make them a part of your life, adjust to them and make the best out of everything, no matter how difficult it may seem at that time! Confront them without losing your smile or your hopes!
6. Focusing Too Much on Your past or on Your Future
This is another bad habit you’ll have to correct if you want to learn how to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Start living in the present and don’t focus on the things that have happened in your past or on the events that will happen in your future. Think positive and enjoy every single day! Don’t worry about the things that haven’t happened yet, you’ll know what to do at the right time. Deal with all the things from your past that have remained unresolved and don’t let them affect your happiness!
7. Holding on to a Toxic Person
Don’t hold on to people who are constantly hurting you! Just like Angel Chernoff said: “Sometimes you have to walk away from people, not because you don’t care, but because they don’t." I know it can be quite hard to accept that someone who you love doesn’t feel the same about you or at least that they don't treat you the way you deserve. If you want to learn how to live a happier and more fulfilled life, then let go of this toxic person and focus on your needs! Be grateful for what you have and don’t let anyone affect your happiness!
Happiness is the key to living a successful life and you shouldn’t let anything get in your way of accomplishing that. Can you think of other bad habits that can steal your happiness? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!