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12 Tips on Finding Happiness/Finding Joy in Difficult Times

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At all times, we can still control how we feel. In this article, you will get to know twelve tips on finding joy in difficult situations.

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“Is it even possible?” You probably must have asked yourself this question. While we can’t control some things in life, we can control how we feel.

This gives us the enablement to transform our mindsets and finding happiness and joy even in difficult times. In other words, not letting difficult situations to dictate how we feel.

Without a doubt, life isn’t always fair, but the way you approach it will greatly determine how you feel. Not even the worst situation can determine how you feel.

Just like every other thing, difficult situations will come and pass – that’s guaranteed. Nothing lasts forever. However, when you go through such situations, remember to stay calm.

Staying calm will relieve you from any form of anxiety. That way, you will be able to stay positive and give yourself the chance to feel good again.

Tips on finding happiness/finding joy in difficult situations

Here are tips on finding happiness and joy in difficult situations.

1. Take responsibilities for your actions

It can be very easy to get caught up with doing negative actions, especially during difficult situations. And it’s not surprising because, at this point, the mind is prone to negativity.

However, you’d wanted to have it at the back of your mind that moments like these should be time for limiting negative actions. This also means being cautious about everything, even when you don’t feel like it.

Negatives actions will only worsen the situation, whereas positive actions will console and bring you peace of mind.

2. Embrace who you are

For finding happiness and joy in difficult times, it’s also vital that you accept your uniqueness and identity. The least you’d wanted to do in times like these is to worry about your flaws and imperfections.

Not accepting yourself causes a loss of confidence and energy, and it’s two times higher in difficult times. Of course, it can be hard to see the positive side during difficult times, but it’s not impossible.

3. Be honest with yourself

Remember that difficult times are not the times to tell yourself lies. This will only put your mind under more stress as opposed to telling yourself the truth. In that case, practice mindfulness.

Also, use this moment of mindfulness to reflect on those positive things you have also always thought of. Give yourself the chance to oppose all the negativities that keep getting into your head.

4. Meditate

This is a powerful tool that you can use to put your mind at ease and bring more positivity into your life. And when you do it with intention, it will help you to see the positive side in difficult situations.

Also, use this moment to keep your mind fixed on something positive to ponder on, then study and come up with a deep meaning to whatever it is that may be troubling you in such a situation.

5. Have goals

Not really that you’re having goals for the sake of having goals, but it should assure you that you know what you want and how to get it. That means that irrespective of the current situation, you’re expecting something great.

These goals should help you stay abreast without losing motivation, and bring you pleasant thoughts as you work towards them. At this point, you don’t have to worry about where you’re heading in life.

6. Prioritize your activities

Take advantage of the activities you do regularly to bring your mind peace. And if you haven’t been engaged in energizing activities, this is one of the best times to develop healthy ones.

But, keep in mind that such activities should bring you more entertainment and pleasure. You would want to ensure that they’re energizing. They should also help in shifting your mindset away from negativity.

7. Focus on the positive

Negativity will be its maximum in difficult times, but for you to find happiness and joy, you must look deeply into the present and make the best of it. You must accept that anything done today will affect tomorrow.

So is it important that you master how to focus on the positive to aid in finding happiness in difficult times? Yes, it will help with stress management, well-being, and health. Therefore, bringing your mind to peace.

8. Derive joy from everything you do

On the safer side, endeavor to avoid doing anything you won’t derive joy from, or anything that will likely bring you down.

In other words, you want to ensure that you’re experiencing satisfaction and cheerfulness. If you do this right, it’s a great way of living your best life.

Even if that means cleaning up your home and making it more conducive. Or maybe taking advantage of nature. What matters the most is that you’re joyful doing whatever you’re doing.

9. Serve others

Attend to people’s needs by doing something helpful for them. And by this, we are talking about everyone – even your haters – it’s possible. Give priorities to their needs by putting their interest above, irrespective of their positions.

By doing so, you justify the fact that you’re a better person. This is how you think more positively; that’s how you begin to create real, concrete feelings. As a result, you set your mind at peace.

10. Maintain a sense of humor

Don’t forget to keep appreciating humorous things. Sometimes it becomes a lot easier to take things too seriously that it becomes hard to see the humor in them.

To tackle this, always try to see the funny side of everything. At worst, you can take advantage of amusing stuff on the net. Practice the “there is always something to laugh about” and use it to maintain a sense of humor.

11. Surround yourself with positive people

Positive people consciously or/and unconsciously challenge us to be the best we can be, and this makes it crucial to surround ourselves with them. They also make available the kind of energy you need at all times.

And if you can do away with negative people and surround yourself with positive people, sooner than you can imagine, you will begin to think like them. And if that’s not enough, they will always be a solution to your problem.

12. Be your friend

While everyone may not be there, finding joy in difficult times requires that you treat yourself better. It also means that you love yourself and accept the person that you are.

Enjoy your company and do to yourself what you’d love others to do to you. By doing so, your happiness will not be determined by others, and you can always learn to do that which will be of help to you.

Also, resist the temptation of falling into the trap of being a people-pleaser, because this will most likely be the case when you fail to love yourself and being your friend.

In conclusion

Although we can’t control everything, we can control how we feel – our moods, how we think, how we approach things, our desires, and everything in between.

As such, it makes sense to say that it’s very possible to find peace, joy, and happiness in difficult times.

Maybe it means to cut off some habits. Maybe it means to see things differently. Or just maybe, it means to be fully in the present and make the best of the days as they come.

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