If you have become used to living with anxiety, fear, depression or unhappiness, then it can be difficult to believe that happiness is possible. But a few simple steps can help to reduce those unwanted feelings and increase your happiness.
Bring some balance into your life.
Start to acknowledge the good things in your life as well as the bad ones. We tend to focus on the things that go wrong because we want to avoid them happening again. But it's important to focus on the good things too, otherwise you forget that life can be enjoyable.
An easy way to bring some balance back into your life is to get a book and write down one good thing that happens every day. It can be more if you like, but it must be at least one. It can be something quite small, but that made you feel happy for a while. Then you can always go back and look at it when you need to lift your mood.
Don't struggle on your own
Happiness can seem a long way away when you're struggling on your own with things that are going on in your life. Talking to friends can sometimes help to put things in perspective and get another opinion.
Happiness can be difficult to find if you are always trying to be the person other people expect you to be, or the person you think you should be.
So think about yourself, your capabilities and who you really are.