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Unhappiness: 10 Causes, 10 Cures

If you're like most people you'll be interested in having more happiness in your life. But have you ever wondered exactly what you can do to start creating more happiness right now?

If so, these 10 causes of unhappiness and 10 cures will help get you on the right track...

Cause #1: A Job You Don't Like

This is probably the leading cause of unhappiness for most people. Think about it, your job is something that you're doing 40 to 50 hours a week...not to mention the time spent commuting to and from work. If you're not happy with your job, then the time to start working on an exit strategy is right now.

Otherwise, you might end up counting the hours in the day, the days until the weekend and the years until you hopefully retire. It's also likely you spend a lot of the extra money you're making just to ease the pain of working a job you hate. Don't wish your life away. Find something that you love to do, ways to start enjoying your job and find someone (either an employer or customers) to pay you for it.

Cause #2: Poor Health

Medical research continues to reveal that a body which is in poor health can have hormonal problems which make it difficult for you to fight off stress. Some of these problems also make you more prone to depression and feelings of hopelessness. If you have any doubts about the condition of your physical health, start working on a plan for proper nutrition, balanced exercise and rest for your body and get healthy again.

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Cause #3: Poor Relationships

What could be more important in your life than the people who you share it with? You've probably had experiences before which might have been pleasant if you had been in different company, but the people around you made the experience that way.

But you've probably also been around people who were always fun to be around no matter what. Make it a point to seek these out to build meaningful relationships with them instead of the doom and gloom people.

 Cause #4: Indecision

Most people who never get what they want out of life don't even know what they want in the first place. They waste their lives being swayed by the opinions of those around them or of the media. Don't be one of these people. Decide exactly what you want to have in your life in all areas, and get to work on a plan of action for making it happen.

Cause #5: Lack of Direction

This is closely linked to indecision, but many people who know what they want still lack direction because they don't have a solid plan for achieving it. As a result, the lack of direction becomes the lack of purpose which hurts the person's confidence. So once you've decided exactly what you want to do with your life, put together a practical plan of action and get started as soon as possible.

Cause #6: Low Self Esteem

Low self-esteem can keep you from feeling like you deserve the good things that life has to offer and can cause all kinds of self-doubt and self sabotage. Most of the time, low self-esteem comes from judging your own value based on other people's opinions or on the things that have gone wrong in your life. Make a decision that you are going to focus on building your own internal sense of confidence and value instead of being influenced by things which you can't control.

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Cause #7: Consumerism

This does not just pertain to overspending which leads to financial problems. Consumerism is a mentality based on using things up and throwing them away when you're done with them. It also causes you to always look for ways to upgrade your lifestyle as an attempt to acquire more happiness. Learn to cultivate the art of moderation be happy with what you have.

Cause #8: Too Much Media Influence

It's no mystery that most of what you read and see in the media is negative. Allow it to influence your thinking too much, you will probably always be negative and cynical person. Negativity and cynicism are two of the most costly character traits which a person can take on. Make a commitment to spending more time developing practical plans of action for requiring your ideal lifestyle than you do soaking up information from the media.

Cause #9: Not Enough "Selfishness"

Many people never take the time to do things for themselves because they have been taught that such behavior is "selfish." Most of the time, these people also spend their time and energy doing things for other people, only to end up empty inside themselves.Regardless of what you might have been taught, doing things for yourself is selfish... it's something you must do in order to be your best self to people around you.

Start making time to work on the things which are important to you and shutting out the world long enough to make an investment in yourself. You'll find that you have a lot more to give when you do decide to give to people.

Cause #10: Financial Problems

This one is no mystery to anyone: financial problems will ruin a relationship faster than anything else. If you're having financial problems right now, start keeping track of everything you spend, get on a written budget plan, create emergency fund and start working on a plan for building financial security.

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