When you look at your life, maybe you’re thinking about how time has gone by so quickly and you have no idea how you got to where you are at. You might begin to feel sad because you’ve drifted so far from where you wanted to be at your age. Life was much more difficult than you expected it to be, so you just settled and decided to accept that this is just how life is.
You’ve given up and your goal now is just to get by. You just want to be happy.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Cultivating much more happiness in your life is a very real and close possibility. You just have to put in a little work.
Here are proven ways to shake off your sadness and feel happy again:
1. Do what brings you meaning
We’ve all been there: feeling boredom and being stuck in our lives without knowing what to do.
Rather than trying to figure out such heavy questions such as “What is my purpose in life?” it’s much easier to turn on the television and let the day go by.
When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure. – Viktor Frankl
Many affluent people are experiencing unhappiness no matter how much money, respect, or fame they have because of one big reason: Our unhappiness stems ultimately from a feeling of meaninglessness.
Frankl has developed a process called Logotherapy to help people build more meaning in their lives. He was put in charge of the mental health department of the Viennese hospital system because they were losing too many patients to suicide. His practices were what prevented tens of thousands of these patients from killing themselves. He did this by helping instill a sense of meaning in their lives.