Ever come across that gut-punching list of the top regrets of the dying? The fifth one hit me like a ton of bricks.
It haunted my thoughts, echoing for days.
I wish I’d let myself be happier.
Just picture it. Standing on the edge of life’s final curtain, realising you were the wall blocking your own joy.
Gut-wrenching, isn’t it? Sadly, it’s a reality for many.
But here’s the silver lining: It doesn’t have to be yours.
I’ve crafted 35 questions about happiness to help you spot if you’re your own happiness thief.
No more waiting for the final curtain call to have this epiphany. Let’s tackle it head-on, right now.
Why? So when our final moments do roll around, we’re not filled with regret. Instead, we’ll wear a contented smile, knowing we truly lived.
Dive deep into these questions about happiness.
Reflect, answer, and unearth your truths.
35 Questions About Happiness: What’s Holding You Back?
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Your Daily Life: The Pulse of Your Happiness
- Swamped with tasks and responsibilities, do you often feel you’re doing too much?
- When overwhelmed, is asking for help a challenge?
- Or, do you find yourself doing too little, wishing days would speed up out of sheer boredom?
- Are there people in your life who consistently bring you down?
Your Choices: The Decisions Shaping Your Joy
- Is “yes” your automatic response, even when you want to say “no”?
- Conversely, do you find yourself always declining opportunities?
- Are there activities you engage in that consistently drain your happiness?
Your Well-being: The Foundation of Your Contentment
- Do you often oversleep, losing chunks of your day?
- Or, is the opposite true, with sleep being a rare luxury?
- Do the opinions of others weigh heavily on your mind?
Your Priorities: What Truly Matters to You?
- Do you always place others’ needs above your own?
- Financially, do you live beyond what you earn, creating unnecessary stress?
Your Mindset: The Lens Through Which You See Life
- Are trivial matters a constant source of stress?
- Does fear paralyse you, stopping you from chasing what you truly desire?
- Do past regrets occupy a significant portion of your thoughts?
- Is comparing yourself to others a frequent exercise?
- Would you describe yourself as more of a pessimist than an optimist?
- Is complaining a regular part of your conversations?
🌟 Reflect: How many times did you nod in agreement? If any of these resonate, jot them down. There’s power in awareness.
Your Inner Dialogue: Conversations with Your True Self
- Is the voice inside your head as kind as the one you use for loved ones?
- Does laughter punctuate your day?
Your Confidence: The Pillar of Your Self-Worth
- Do you firmly believe in your capabilities?
- Are your circles filled with those who uplift and believe in you?
Your Leisure: Recharging and Growing
- Do nature and the outdoors feature in your routine?
- Are hobbies and passions given time in your schedule?
- Do you invest in continuous learning, be it through books, courses, or other means?
Your Inspiration: What Fuels Your Spirit?
- Do everyday moments inspire you?
- Do you aim to inspire others with kindness, positivity, and collaboration?
Your Career & Relationships: The Heartbeats of Your Life
- Does your job or its potential future excite you?
- In your relationships, do you find happiness and contentment?
- When something bothers you, do you voice it?
Your Goals & Self-Care: Nurturing Your Dreams and Soul
- Are your goals met with action or procrastination?
- Is solitude a cherished part of your routine?
- Despite imperfections, do you love yourself wholeheartedly?
- Is nourishing your body a priority?
- Does physical activity feature in your daily life?
🌟 Reflect: Any “no” answers? It’s never too late to make a change. Remember, the reins to your happiness are in your hand!
Final Thoughts on Your Happiness Journey
Here’s the raw truth: More often than not, the only thing standing between you and pure, unadulterated happiness is… well, you.
Not your nosy neighbour, not the rain that ruined your picnic, not even that promotion you didn’t get.
Sure, there are circumstances you can’t rewrite and people you can’t remodel.
But here’s your superpower: You have the reins to your reactions. You get to choose your responses.
So, why wait?
Every change you make, every shift in perspective, sprinkles a little more happiness into your life.
And believe me, when you reflect on a life well-lived, regrets won’t be the whispers in your ear.
Instead, you’ll be celebrating a life filled with joy, knowing you didn’t just let happiness happen — you chased it.
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