How to Ruin Your Unhappiness

In this post I’ll share a small recipe that can help overcome unhappiness, or ruin your unhappiness.  I feel I should write this post as I have found myself caught in the traps that prevent me from doing the things I know I need to do to have a fuller life.

  • First way to ruin your unhappiness is fall in love with discovery and learning.

It is easy to feel helpless when you are unaware of opportunities, and information that can improve the quality of our lives.

For example most people use banks for storing and spending their money.  Many people leave additional features of their bank accounts untouched.  For example the use of online banking to keep track of spending and to process bill payments.   Not to mention using software to chart major spending categories and auto generate budgets from spending patterns.

  • Second way is to put away at least 10% of your earnings every month.

It is easy to be happy knowing that there is a financial cushion in the event of illness, job loss, or change in career.

There is also a major reason aside from the above.  If you are worried about if the next bills will be paid or not, it is hard to focus on the things that actually matter to you!

Just as extra money finds a way to get spent, having less money every month for spending finds a way to make it work.  We eat out less, cut out unnecessary monthly expenses, or even downsizing completely.

  • Third is exercise

It is tough to feel happy when out of shape and stressed.  For those who exercise, it not only helps with the health benefit,  it also is an opportunity to unwind and relax.  This is also an opportunity to spend time on no one other than yourself.  There have been many times when I have been fretting over a tough decision and gone out for a run only to come back refreshed and better able to come up with good solutions to the problems that are dragging on my mind.

  • Fourth and last for this post: moderation and balance

By remembering to focus on the essentials and selectively add wants that are within your budget, it is hard to get buried by debt and bills.  When you keep your standard of living at a maintainable level that doesn’t cut too close to our total earnings, things like a cut in pay, or a change of job have a hard time of crippling your life. 

Many people get caught in the race to keep up with the Joneses.  I can tell you that it is this race that keeps most people buried in debt, and a job loss or an illness away from disaster.

Some helpful resources related to to topics in this post:

MintLife Blog (Finance)

Jeff Goins Blog (Writing)

Michael Hyatt (Leadership)

Chris Guillebeau: The Art of Non-Conformity (Motivation)

That is it for this post.  A brief recipe to ruin unhappiness.  I would love to hear what other people have on their recipe’s for happiness (or ruining unhappiness).  Feel free to leave your recipe in the comment below or email me.


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