Hey, what’s up, guys? Steve Arnold here with Best Life Global. Today I wanna answer the question, “Is happiness really a choice?”
So I used to see this on social media and I used to hear people say it. People just like, “Choose happiness.” And it just felt too simple. And back a couple of years ago before I had really start making the change and really started growing and focusing more on my personal development I used to be like, “No, I just can’t change from being in an unhappy state to a happy state.” I’ve tried. I’ve said, “Be happy” and it doesn’t work. I didn’t understand it. But now that I’ve grown and I’ve come a really long way since then, I realized that what they were saying is more of it’s a matter of changing your perspective on life.
So to answer the question, “Is happiness really a choice?” The answer’s really yes and no. So if you’ve done the prep work to put yourself in a state to be able to change your perspective in the moment then yes, it is a choice. If you haven’t done that and you’ve been living a life of poor choices and your body and your mind are not in the right state. And you haven’t done the work to change your perspective on life in general, then I’d say it’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to simply choose happiness. Now for the long-term, you could choose happiness. If you want to choose to live an overall happier life in general, then you just need to choose to commit yourself to doing the things that you need to do to get yourself into a better physical, mental and emotional state. And to change your perspective on life.
So first of all, your physical, mental and emotional state. That is mostly determined by your self-care habits. Things like exercise. Eating healthy. Meditation and so on. So that’s really important because if you’re not in the right physical state it’s gonna be really hard to even change your perspective. It gets much harder when your body just does not feel right. So doing the work and preparing yourself by taking care of your body and your mind is the first step and that’s critical.
The other one is changing your perspective and your perspective in life in general, first of all. So I feel like our happiness is determined by our outlook. And our outlook comes from our perspective which was conditioned into us by our parents and by society in general. So if you’ve never done the work to look into your mindset and find new ways of viewing things, then it’s gonna be really hard for you to simply choose happiness. Now if you have done that work and you’ve picked up some new habits like practicing gratitude and embracing challenges and looking at challenges different. And looking at them as a way to grow instead of looking them as a way to just make your life crappier. Then you are going to be in a much better mindset and a perspective state when that moment actually comes when you’re trying to change your state from a negative state to a more positive, happier state.
So I guess in summary, the answer to the question is, “Yes, absolutely. You can choose happiness
for the long-term.” And if you’re talking about short-term then I guess the answer is really no if you haven’t done the work. Yes if you have done the work.
I hope that all makes sense. And I hope this video was helpful for you guys and I hope that I’ve inspired you to do the things that you need to do. To go out and live a happier life and to put yourself in a better situation to be able to change your state and choose happiness in the future.