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Ways To Be Happy without the Worries of Past or Future

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

 

One of the most common questions that is searched in Google is – How to be happy without worrying? We all wish we could have a solid answer.

And, it is there! Not in pages but in the details. In the everyday simple details of life lies the answer for ways to be happy without the worries of past or future.

Ways To Be Happy without the Worries of Past or Future
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ― Roy T. Bennett

 

Does it intrigue you to know more? Then, let’s explore.

What is Worrying?

If you want to understand happiness, then it’s important to understand Worry too.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
― Corrie ten Boom

Worry in simple words means a feeling of anxiousness about the unknown possibilities that could happen to us. It also means you are spending your energy and time on something which is not actually happening.

Worries of the past or future have their own impact on our body. Nervous system and heart are majorly affected by worrying or stress.

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What Worrying does to Your Body

    • It affects your nervous system
    • Breathing becomes difficult over a period of time
    • Tightened muscles
    • Leads to high BP, heart attack or stroke
    • The blood sugar goes high
    • Your immune system gets messed up too.

This might be scary but the point is, don’t let this scare you. Because, being happy has a far more holistic impact on your body and mind.

Take a U-Turn towards Happiness by Changing Your Mindset

I once read this line and it stayed with me. It was life changing.

“Everything that you will ever need is already within you.” So, the happiness that you are looking for is within you too.

Be it in any radical change, the first thing that comes is, Change of mindset. Yes, you become what you think.

This brings me to the book, The Secret! It says, Energy flows where attention goes. You are what you think. If you think, I can’t wish for a happy life and that is how it is going to be.

So, bring a shift in your mindset and see your life transform.

Now that we got the first step right, let’s see how to be happy.

Ways To Be Happy without Worries of the Past or Future

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  • Let Go of Your Past

No matter how difficult it is, let go of the past and be open to new chapters.

I have read many poems where people wrote that their past haunts them.

It is not easy to let go of the past but start. Take small steps.

Be kind to yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself if needed.

Try to forgive people who hurt you. Holding a grudge will only exhaust your energy.

Recently in the Generation Unlimited speech in the UN General Assembly, BTS leader Kim Namjoon shared these lines on self-love and embracing yourself despite how your past was or your future could be.

“Maybe I made a mistake yesterday, but yesterday’s me is still me. I am who I am today, with all my faults. Tomorrow I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that’s me, too.

These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. I have come to love myself for who I was, who I am, and who I hope to become.”

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  • Your Future Becomes what You Do Today

My mother often told me the story of ants when I was growing up, how they work in summers to store food for winter and rest later.

It is kind of the same with humans too. Our future reflects the works of our present.

Instead of having worries of the past or future, it is much better to use that energy to do things now and enjoy it’s results later.

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
― Roy T. Bennett

  • All We have is NOW

In true sense, if you take away every imagination, possibilities and resources all that is left in your hands, at the moment is NOW. The present reality.

And if we are not able to live, utilize or enjoy this now, we are losing big time.

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  • Live in the Moment

You must have heard this phase everywhere. What does it mean?

I thought, it is to enjoy this moment as if there’s no tomorrow or later, do all that we like and just be happy.

In a way, it might sound right but it also means, being aware and living mindfully because your today reflects tomorrow.

Worrying won’t help but being aware and doing what is needed, giving it your all and being fully present in the moment will help you to live it up to the fullest.

  • Prepare, Schedule and Be Ready

We cannot escape time. Despite the fun Sunday night you had, Monday morning will come. So it is better to get everything ready for your Monday morning and enjoy Sunday night.

Pre-preparation, scheduling and planning in advance for what is to come helps you eliminate so many worries of the future.

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  • Invest in Good Habits for a Worry-Free Future

Do you know most of the time we are living in autopilot mode? Because we have fixed habits and routines like waking up, brushing, getting ready etc.

Same way, when you invest your time and energy in creating healthy habits, it becomes a part of the process. Let your nervous system do the rest.

Your healthy habits like eating fresh foods, saying NO to junk, regular exercise will ensure a healthy body and mind reducing your risk of illness and diseases by manyfold.

Now, you don’t need to worry about your health in the future.

  • Listen to Your Heart

Last but the most important is, always, listen to your heart. Listen to what makes you happy, what makes your heart tick, what brings out that excitement and makes you run wild like a child and DO that.

The most successful way to be happy without the worries of the past or future is to genuinely do things that you love that make you happy.

Don’t compromise this for anything or anyone in your life, it is not worth it.

Do things you love mindfully impacting people this way your past, present and future will be beautiful.

We don’t have a guarantee card when it comes to life but what we have is Now, unlimited love, greater resources and every single possibility to create a happy life.

Worries are like weeds, they need to be taken out for a good harvest. Being happy, choosing to be happy makes all the difference.

I am closing this with two questions:

    1. What makes you happy?
    2. What do you choose, happiness or worries?

I hope this article inspires you to take a step towards being consciously happy without worries of the past or future.

Let us know your answers in the comments below and be happy with all your heart.

 

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Josephine Mary

Josephine is an enthusiastic soul from the Nilgiris. Her childhood was painted with the beautiful writings of eminent authors. With a masters in social development, she finds inspiration from people beyond cultures. BeAnInspirer is a place where she shares her reflections to inspire and spread positivity alongside helping to understand life and herself more.

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