Many people believe that happiness is something they can find in outside sources. They fill up their lives with empty relationships, expensive products and worthless services. New friends, expensive cars, big houses, long vacations and nice clothing are common commodities in the search for happiness.
The problem is, happiness can’t be found in something outside ourselves, except for a short period of time. When you have that new thing, of course it will make you happy, but your happiness won’t last for long. You will soon lose interest and want something bigger or better.
Research shows time and time again that outside sources will only bring temporary happiness. We must find happiness within ourselves by building our confidence and increasing our self-esteem. This is done by becoming aware of who we really are and learning to love ourselves (not in a vain or egotistical way). Say positive affirmations daily, stop yourself from thinking negative thoughts and focus on your strengths and abilities. Surround yourself with positive people, places and things. Happiness can be found but you need to work on making positive changes in your life. Start today!