By Chuck Hewett
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Are you experiencing unhappiness? Do you want to know why you are in a funk? Continue reading to learn why you are feeling this way and how to counteract these feelings.
One of the main reasons why we experience unhappiness is because we are constantly in a state of worry. Let’s keep it simple. If there is no solution to the problem or circumstance at hand, then don’t worry about it because there is nothing you can do. If there is a solution to the problem, then be proactive in solving it. We have a limited amount of energy in a day… how are you going to spend it? Choose joy.
Comparison is the thief of all joy. We tend to be unhappy because we find ourselves constantly comparing our weaknesses to everyone else’s strengths and highlight reels. It is important for us to focus on our own process and journey. We need to redefine success by measuring our progression. Success is giving everything we have, with all that we have, in every situation. Better yourself everyday. Remember, it’s about progression, not perfection.
Being in a funk has a lot to do with our outlook and perspective on life. Many times, we choose to be pessimistic instead of optimistic. Instead of looking at opportunities as things that we ‘get’ to do, we look at them as obligations that we ‘have’ to do. It’s important that we practice an attitude of gratitude and find the small joys in the grind.
4.Holding a Grudge
Unforgiveness plays a huge factor in our unhappiness. When we have been hurt in the past, or taken advantage of, we put up walls. These barriers cause us to not be vulnerable or transparent anymore, which limits us from creating meaningful relationships and opportunities to impact others in a positive way. Forgiveness can be difficult at times, but the more we practice it, the easier it will be to do in the future, and we will be able to experience freedom from the pain it caused in the past. The only person you are hurting when you don’t forgive someone, is yourself. Practice forgiveness.
5.Giving Up Control
Many of us play the victim to life. If we let the external factors of life control us, then they will. Instead of blaming life’s circumstances or others for our unhappiness, let’s take control of our effort and attitude. In life, we are going to get out what we put in. There is a lot that we can control, and a lot that we can’t control. Take on responsibility, gain control of what we can, and focus on being the best we can be in every aspect of our lives.
Turn that frown upside down! Besides, it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 17 muscles to smile!
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Ricky Kuntemeyer & Chuck Hewett
The Fitness Compass