8 Positive Feelings That Inspire Genuine Happiness
Published July 17, 2021
Happiness, as they say, is an elusive feeling. Most of us do the things we do because we want to be happy or it makes us happy. Yet, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to attain the level of happiness we want. Maybe it’s because happiness is fleeting. Or maybe because we just have different definitions of happiness.
But regardless of how we define happiness, one thing is for certain: happiness stems from positive feelings. When we feel good, everything seems right. The leaves are greener, the sun is much brighter, and everyone is laughing. It’s like nothing can go wrong. We feel empowered and elated. In short, we’re happy.
If you really think about it, there’s no single emotion that can fully encapsulate the feeling of happiness. Rather, it’s a whole range of positive emotions that makes us happy in various ways and varying degrees.
So instead of chasing that ever-elusive happiness, I think we should focus more on those positive feelings. After all, it’s the little things that make life worth living.
If you don’t know where to start, here are eight positive feelings that inspire genuine happiness:
We often hear the saying that “love” makes the world go round. Indeed, love can make us do things we never thought we’d be able to. Love gives parents the strength to work long hours so they can provide for their children’s needs. It’s what inspired Mother Teresa to dedicate her life to charity. It’s what drives a soldier to risk their lives for their country.
That feeling of intense affection changes our perspective. We see the world from a different angle. Having love in our hearts wipes away the hatred. It inspires forgiveness and acceptance. It makes you feel good and genuinely happy.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a quiet and serene place, everything just seems much lighter? The air is not stuffy, your thoughts aren’t chaotic, and you just feel at peace. That’s the power of serenity. It chases away our worries and anxious thoughts which, in turn, leads to happiness.
When we continue to chase for the things we don’t have, we tend to overlook the things we have. We would always feel like nothing is ever enough. It’s a very exhausting cycle that can lead to depression and a lack of self-worth.
But if we learn to be content with what we have, life would be much happier. We won’t be stressed out working ourselves to death just to have that latest phone model. Or drown ourselves in debt just to buy a nice car. When we start to value the things we have, life would be much more meaningful.
Many people tend to equate joy with happiness. But joy is more than the short bursts of elation that we get from things and moments. It’s the kind of exhilaration we get from receiving a gift or winning in a raffle. It can also be that positive feeling when we hear a piece of good news or even simple things like receiving our pay. But without those little bursts of joy, we won’t know what happiness feels like.
Part of feeling positive is having a positive outlook in life. When you believe that tomorrow will be better, today becomes much brighter. You focus less on what could go wrong and start looking forward to what could go right. Instead of being apprehensive, it makes you feel excited for what tomorrow can bring. It allows you to cast away your fears of the future and just be happy for today.
The dictionary defines hope as the “belief that something good may happen”. Hope gives us a reason to get up in the morning and face a brand new day. It inspires us to believe in something uncertain. It allows us to dream of better days and a better life. As they say, when all else fails, hope remains.
Altruism is the practice of selfless concern for the well-being of others. In short, altruism makes you happy by bringing happiness to others. When you see someone smiling because of you, it brings a different kind of satisfaction. The kind that money can never buy. The kind that warms the deepest, darkest recesses of your heart. The kind that makes you genuinely happy.
Practicing gratitude helps us appreciate our friends, our job, the food we eat, the air we breathe – all of life itself. Instead of complaining, we become more aware of how blessed we are. We also become more inclined to share those blessings with those who need them the most. And for most of us, that’s what genuine happiness is about.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a full time blogger and is devoted to topics about charity, kindness, and Christianity. She is part of Correct Digital, Inc which is paid by private donors to provide website digital marketing services to this non-profit organization.