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7 Common Habits of Unhappy People

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

This post is based on an article from "The Positivity Blog" ( written by Henrick Edberg, updated August 12, 2020. It's an excellent resource for all of us to consider when we are seeking happiness and consistent peacefulness.

1. Aiming for perfection. - If you’re only happy when everything is perfect you’ll seldom be happy. Life, people, and circumstances are not always perfect. Learn to find joy in imperfection and look for beauty in everything. Happiness will come to you a lot easier. 

2. Living in a sea of negative voices. - Try to surround yourself with people that are as committed to your happiness as you are. Let the positive tones of your blessings and favor from God drown out the negative voices that constantly drone on in our world.

3. Getting stuck in the past and future too much. - There is beauty and joy in the present. Don’t get caught up in thinking about how perfect things WERE or that things WILL BE perfect when... Look for happiness in the moment. Don’t miss the beauty of the moment by getting stuck in another place. God has another moment. 

4. Comparing yourself and your life to others and their lives. - Remember that the only person you have to compete with is the person you were yesterday. Your life is not meant to be the image of someone else’s. You are unique and your personal will not mirror theirs. Be yourself and be good with that.

5. Focusing on the negative details in life. - The sun is always shining. Just because it’s covered by the clouds today, doesn’t mean its not there and will come out again. Focus on what is good, happy, true and virtuous.

6. Limiting life because you believe the world revolves around you. - When you make yourself the center of life, everything quickly get unbalanced. God designed us to place Him in the center and let our life revolve around Him.

7. Over-complicating life. - Keep it simple, as often as possible. Some of the best recipes have the fewest ingredients. Don't try to over-spice your life. Fall in love with the simple things. The more complicated you make it, the harder it will be to perfect it.

Henrik Edberg

I highly recommend following the link to this blog to read the additional information provided by Henrik Edberg.

Sometimes the best way to learn what makes us happy is by avoiding the things that don't make us happy.

“Happy is entirely up to you and always has been.”― Janette Rallison

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