With the everyday hardships, people easily got frustrated with their lives. They feel hopeless because they think they are helpless and worthless. It’s just the same every day, never-ending afflictions. The harder they try to get out of their present situation, the more they got stuck.
It’s true, life can really be overwhelming sometimes. I, too, get frustrated from time to time. Even the most affluent people in the world experience this feeling like they just want to give up.
That is because we all want to improve our standard of living, but we are not willing to change our quality of life.
Changing The Quality Of Life
If rich people and poor people both feel overwhelmed with life’s surprises and experience frustrations, worry, and fear which make them like they just want to give up, then probably it’s not the standard of living that’s making life difficult. It’s the way we think and how we react about things. Note that “We only have control of ourselves and our own desire for growth and change.” Nikki Martinez, Psy.D. LCPC wrote.
You may think it’s difficult to beat your tendencies of losing your footing and go to a state of borderline depression when things don’t happen the way you want it to. Of course, it is, but not having the willingness to do something about it makes it more difficult. If you base your quality of life on the good habits you form and do, it will affect and improve the many spectra of your being.
Your Quality OF Life Is Not Equal To Your Income
“Many people mistakenly believe that if they just had more money, all their stress would disappear and they’d be blissfully happy.” Bahareh Talei, Psy.D. said. That is no true. Your standard of living which you often equate to your income or money saved in the bank is not the same as quality of life. It may have some effect, but it’s not all about the digits you earn.
Besides money, quality of life also includes your overall health, genuine happiness, relaxation, and vivacity. But often, people just tend to limit their lives to their income. Their measurement of happiness is money. Well, I admit, it’s part of it. But I tell you, life is not all about money.
Money Makes The World Go Round
Having money allows you to do things you’ve wanted to do and buy things you wanted to have. This is why you think your life is improved with money. Many studies already revealed that not all people with money could genuinely say that they are happier than those who have less.
Happiness based on material things is fleeting. The money you got from winning the lottery ticket enables you to buy your house and stuff you’ve wanted all your life. You feel so happy like it’s never-ending. But after some time, you will feel bored and empty inside. “We all have money issues and quirks of one kind or another. If we don’t know what those quirks are, they will emerge in a time of real stress or panic.” Eric Dammann, PhD said.
As humans, we tend to revert to baseline happiness no matter how positive or negative we view our life. Whether we won the lottery ticket or experience the most tragic event in our life, we will return to our reference point level of happiness sometime in the future. This is what psychologists called as the hedonic treadmill or hedonic adaptation.
The start point of happiness may differ for each individual; the argument is to know what causes your joy and how to improve your quality of life.
Improve Your Life For Free
Life is not all about increasing your income, but positively increasing your health, happiness, and energy, which you may think is hard to do. But it’s not if you will encourage and devote yourself to forming a set of positive habits.
Good habits are proven effective in increasing your level of happiness and boosting your energy, making you feel more contented with life.
The habit of smiling helps to change your neurochemistry, activating the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Studies have proven that it is effective in lowering your heart rates. Practice it every day and see how it will naturally elevate your mood over time.
The habit of being grateful every day makes you appreciate your life more, whether you have more or less in your pocket. Try to list all things you should be thankful for daily. Think hard; it’s not all about material things. Search, and you’ll find something.
The habit of sharing the love by hugging someone, pleasantly talking to a stranger, appreciating someone you know (your parent, kid or your wife), is a happiness booster. Connecting to people by giving them a call or meeting old friends warms your heart.
The habit of meditating decreases stress and ease anxiety. Stress is often associated with depression, pain, and fear if you practice mindful meditation at least 15 minutes a day. Sitting quietly and being present, not thinking of any worries, just feeling the air moves as the warmth of the morning sun touches your skin, make you feel more relaxed and in peace.
We all work hard for the money because all we wanted is to live a happier life, be contented and healthy. But happiness seems elusive even to rich people because the mind is not set on attaining real happiness.
Practice these habits every day and see how you look at life change.