Think happiness is unattainable? It might not be as out of reach as you think. Read on for three ways you can come closer to happiness every day.

1. Never settle for less

When the going gets tough, keep your chin up. It's easy to feel discouraged when you achieve less than you originally planned. What you should remember, however, is this: We have all failed. That does not mean we should let ourselves be complacent with being unsuccessful.

Thomas Edison tried over 1,000 times to make a light bulb. Albert Einstein devoted two whole decades to developing a unified field theory. MGM Studios told Walt Disney that Mickey Mouse on the giant screen would be a disaster.

Great people have failed. Greater people forge on. Chase your dream without compromise, and you will be satisfied that you have put in your greatest effort. At the end of the day, you'll just be glad you didn't settle.

2. Don't take things too seriously

Seriously, learn how to laugh things off. Sure, spilling coffee on a new shirt and having someone cancel on you for lunch might drive you crazy. You might be sitting through your seventh rush-hour commute this week and wondering how many cars it takes for you to find one that can actually drive.

But don't let these little things get you down. In the end, they're trivial annoyances that can be brushed off as funny stories to a friend. Anger is most productive when it's transformed into a good laugh. Don't allow rage to fester; turn it into a giggle, chuckle, or snort.

Laughter is the best medicine. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase cellular immune response, increase memory and learning, reduce stress hormones (like cortisol!), and improve creativity and alertness. So let out a good laugh--and get happy.

3. Life is a box of chocolates--Really

As cliche as it may sound, we're never going to know what life will throw at us. We can try to prepare and plan but, in the end, we'll never be ready. You'll be given a caramel when you didn't want a filling, or be cursed with a ganache when all you craved was a praline.

We never know what's going to happen, where we're going to end up, and with whom we will be. Letting go of the need to control these aspects of our existence gives us the power to unlock a deep inner peace. By learning to accept that things will not always go as planned, we will end up feeling freer than ever before.

If you've seen the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World, you'll remember how the female protagonist, Claire Dearing, lets go of her need to control and ends up embarking on a glorious adventure--one that fundamentally changed her life for the better. There's no reason all of us can't do the same.

Published on: Jun 25, 2015
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