Things to Give Up if You Want to Be Happy

7 Things to Give Up if You Want to Be Happy

Happiness is what we all want, but it can be hard to find. People spend their lives trying to make themselves happy, but often, this isn’t enough. 

You need more than happiness—you need quality of life! In this article I’ll share some tips for changing your attitude about happiness so you can start enjoying life again on a deeper level. 

Let’s explore 7 things to give up if you want to be happy. 

1. Dwell on the Past.

The past is the past, and it’s over. You can’t change what has happened in your life, but you can move forward and make the best of what is left.

You need to let go of everything that happened before—and focus on what you can do today and tomorrow. 

Focus on being happy now instead of dwelling on how unhappy things used to be for you as a child or teenager or young adult!

2. Make Excuses.

You should give up making excuses for yourself and other people.

We all do it, but it’s easy to justify our own shortcomings by blaming the world or other people around us. You might say: “I’m not good at ____ because my parents never taught me how to do it,” or “That person was rude because they didn’t know how important my work is.” 

We all make these types of statements regularly, even if we don’t realize what we’re doing.

The problem with making excuses like this is that they can lead to self-fulfilling prophecies—meaning your actions actually affect what happens in your life (and others). 

For example, if someone sees you as lazy and unmotivated then they may treat you accordingly; meanwhile, if someone sees themselves as lazy and unmotivated then they tend towards laziness and lack motivation too! 

So instead of giving into whatever negative stereotype we’ve been given about ourselves by others’ opinions on us (“You’re lazy!”). Try setting higher goals for yourself instead such as starting a side business or volunteering at an animal shelter near campus. 

3. Resent Others.

Resentment is a negative emotion that can be destructive and harmful. It’s also a sign of low self-esteem, and not being grateful for what you have in your life. 

If you’re resentful of other people and their circumstances, it might be time to change those feelings by realizing they don’t deserve it or need to be punished by thinking negatively about them.

Resenting others means wasting energy on something that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things—like blaming someone else for something bad happening when it could just as easily have been avoided altogether by taking responsibility yourself!

4. Feel the World Owes You Anything.

There’s a lot to be grateful for, but it can be difficult to remember that when you’re living in a world where people seem to expect more from you than what they’re willing to give. 

It’s easy to get caught up in believing that everyone else should do things for us or shoulder the responsibility of helping us out. But this isn’t how life works—and it’s especially not how relationships work!

When we become too reliant on others, we put ourselves at risk of becoming resentful and unappreciative. We end up feeling like our needs aren’t being met or understood by those around us, which leads us down a path toward disappointment and unhappiness over time (or even immediately). 

By focusing on gratitude instead—giving thanks for what we already have instead of asking for more—you will find yourself happier overall because now there are fewer opportunities for disappointment: no one owes anything except themselves!

5. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

If you’re in the habit of wasting time feeling sorry for yourself, it’s time to stop. Instead of stewing over past failures and worrying about what could have been, focus on what is currently going on in your life.

If you want to start feeling better about yourself, try these tips:

  • Be grateful for where you are today rather than dwelling on what might have been or how things were done differently in another place/time period.
  • Take a break from thinking about things that make you upset or sad by doing something nice for someone else instead (this could be as simple as sending them an email). It will help lift some negative energy out of your body!

6. Give Up on Your Dreams.

You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes it’s better to give up on your dreams than to live with the frustration of never getting them.

If you’re someone who has always dreamed of being a singer or an actress, then great! But if that’s all there is in your life right now, it might be time for some new dreams. Maybe those things aren’t meant for you after all.

Gaining happiness is worth giving these things up.

  • Try to change people and situations. The best way to gain happiness is by changing your life so that you feel good about yourself, not just today but every day. Achieving this goal can be difficult, but it must become your top priority if you want a better quality of life than what society offers us today—and it doesn’t stop there! You need to work on improving your relationships with others as well as your own self-esteem so that when something goes wrong or someone disappoints you (which happens sometimes), instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts for too long before moving forward again with greater positivity and fresh enthusiasm for life itself.”

7. Try to Change People and Situations.

You can’t change people. You can only make the best of what you have, and that’s all you can do.

You can’t change situations. They either are or they aren’t, and if they’re bad for you, then change them—but don’t expect them to magically get better because of your effort.

You can’t change yourself (at least not much). If something is wrong with me as a person or part of my life, I might try to work on it some more—but ultimately, I’m responsible for myself and my own happiness; no one else has that responsibility over me! 

And if there were some way that others could help me improve myself… well… maybe someone would try telling me what was wrong with me already! 

But even then no one knows everything about everyone else’s lives except those who live them—and even then we don’t know them completely.


I know it’s easy to get lost in all the negative thoughts that plague our minds, but remember: you have a choice. You can choose to be happy by doing what is right for your soul, rather than what will make you feel better for a moment. 

So, these are the things to give up if you want to be happy in life. What is your life priority in life? 

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