1.Have Unrealistic Expectations
Unmet expectations will almost always be the cause of your unhappiness in life.
Unmet expectations are usually what causes anger as well. It is not always easy to admit that the true source of your anger and unhappiness is from not getting what you wanted!
Minimize your expectations, maximize your joy.
2. Have Uncommunicated Expectations
Guess what? No one is a mind reader! Can you believe it?! It is true.
If you want someone in your life to do something, first they need to know what you want from them. Don’t get upset when you expect something from someone that they have no clue about.
Give the people in your life the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to meet your expectations.
3. Don’t Be Honest With Yourself
Sometimes, I have to stop and ask myself “Why am I doing what I am doing?” Sometimes I know exactly why. Sometimes the answer is clear and positive. Sometimes I don’t really know what my motivation is.
Sometimes I have to really take a step back and be honest with myself, “What do I want out of this situation?” I don’t always like the answer that I have to give myself.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
A surefire way to be unhappy, don’t be honest with yourself!
4. Don’t Be Honest With Others
So many ugly situations in life could be avoided if we were to live by the simple truth of “Say what you mean and mean what you say!”
Do you want to host Thanksgiving dinner? Nope.
Then when you are asked to host, be honest about it and say no. Don’t say you will host and then make it clear to everyone around you that you don’t want to have them at your house.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Are you upset because someone hurt your feelings? YES!
Tell them the truth about the way you feel, don’t say “Nothing” when asked what is wrong. If it is important enough to you to make you upset, it should be important enough to you to share.
Be respectful of the relationship and give them the chance to correct the situation.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
5. Assign Intent To Others
Everyone can find a something to get offended about on a daily basis.
Your friend didn’t like your IG photo.
Your co-workers went to lunch without you.
Your sisters got together for a play date with their kids and you weren’t included.
Two people you know were having a serious conversation and didn’t acknowledge you.
Your friends had a girl’s night out and you couldn’t go.
Don’t take things personally! People are not against you, they are just for themselves.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
If you want to be unhappy give intent to the unintentional things that other people do!
6. Compare your life to others.
In this world of social media, it is so hard not to get sucked into comparing ourselves with others. Due to social media we see so much more of people’s “private” lives.
The problem is that we are usually comparing all of our flaws with the snapshots of an edited filtered picture perfect life. Their reality is that they also have flaws that we do not see.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”-Theodore Roosevelt
Stop it.Be grateful for what you do have!
Follow these simple steps to have a completely unhappy life!