Most people have it wrong; most folks think that by gathering more stuff, they’ll finally find happiness. But often, you can find true happiness RIGHT NOW, in this moment, simply by letting go.
Here are 4 things that you can let go of that will make you a happier, more peaceful person.
1) Let go of the need to impress others.
If you’re a human being, chances are you care about what other people think of you. After all – we are naturally social creatures! But if you find yourself spending too much of your time or energy trying to impress other people and get their approval, you’re not being true to YOU.
There’s no need to try and be something you’re not, because who you are right now is who God wants you to be. He created your individuality so focus instead on living the most authentic version of yourself.
When you fully embrace who you are and share it with others, you’ll find that people will appreciate how REAL you are and will flock to you effortlessly.
2) Let go of the need to be right.
Sometimes when we feel we’ve been mistreated or misunderstood by someone, we can get caught up into wanting that person to admit they’ve wronged us. And we want an apology! Or at least acknowledgement that we are right and they’re wrong.
The problem is that not all human beings see things from the same perspective. In your world, you’re right but in their world, so are they. There are definitely times where an apology is necessary. But most other times, rather than allowing feelings of negativity to take root inside you and start spilling over into other areas of your life, it may be best to ask yourself this:
“Do I want to be right? Or do I want to be happy?”
Often it’s just our ego that keeps us holding on to past resentments and upsets. Instead, consider letting go of the desire to be right and you’ll find you’ll instantly restore happiness and contentment in your life.
3) Let go of the desire to gossip.
I’ve heard it said that gossip is just a cheap way to make yourself feel good, and I have to agree. We all know that gossiping about other people is wrong. But when the people around you are doing it, it can be easy to slip into doing it, too!
Consider though that the quality of your life depends on the quality of the conversations you have. If you want to live a more fulfilling life, start by embracing the power of your word. Your voice is powerful! And what you have to say makes a difference.
Be committed to having more positive conversations about things that matter, not people, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll brighten your outlook on life.
4) Let go of the past.
Looking to the past can feel safe, we know what has happened and we know what we could do to change things, if only we had the chance. The truth is, though, that you never will have the chance to change the past.
Your past has served its purpose – it’s brought you to the place you are today and made you the person you are now. And who you are right now is absolutely perfect. Be grateful for your experiences, and do your best to enjoy each moment. Give yourself the gift of being present!