Kyle Trouble Kyle is an entrepreneur and nomad who has been living abroad since He blogs at This Is Trouble. Follow him on Facebook.
Email Unhappiness comes in many shades of gray. Sometimes people just lack joy. Is their emotional darkness their own choice?
Or, are life circumstances beyond their control? While depression, and other psychological diseases, are certainly a clinical illness and should not be minimized, there are also factors that contribute to feeling down that you can influence.
Here are 50 reasons you may be unhappy, and suggestions on how to open the mental blinds to let the sunshine back in.
Your energy would be better utilized in changing things that you can control, and letting the rest go. You hold onto the perceived idea of control. They believe that they can control everything very well and things will just turn out exactly what they planned.
What a burden to carry! Once you make peace with this, you find the pressure is off and you can start to enjoy the scenery of the journey, instead of plotting the impossibility. You are harming yourself by carrying all of that negative energy. Let the bitterness go… for your own benefit.
The person who criticized you is probably having a great time without giving you a second thought, while you waste your life sending them death rays with your mind.
You believe everyone should play by your rules. The sooner you accept this, the happier you will be. No one else got your memo about the way things should be done, how they should treat you, or how to live their lives by your standards and beliefs.
People often get angry because someone violates their deeply-held ideals.
Yet, trying to do an impossible task — getting everyone to live by your idea of perfection — is bound to create a lot of frustration. Simply take people as they are and appreciate the colorful spectrum of ideas and viewpoints, instead of feeling exasperated by them. You compare yourself to others.
However, this is only one small area of life. Maybe I can ride horses or sing better than him? Looking at only a small fraction of a whole person and ranking that part against yourself is a pointless activity. You are so much more than this one piece of your life that you have under the microscope at the moment.
This habit will only create discontent in your life. Are you a better person than you were yesterday? You chose to be happy only when all of your dreams come true.
Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within. But when you tie your happiness to future successes that may or may not happen, you never find joy in the life you live today. Find things that thrill you today, and let tomorrow surprise you.
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