12 Things To Ditch If You're Truly Chasing Happiness

Ditch Jealousy

Ditch Jealousy

Somebody is always going to be better than you at something - prettier than you, faster than you, tougher than you, better at reciting 16th century poetry than you - anything!

So, will you spend your life wishing you were more like someone else or will you accept that you are who you are and be thankful for the things you have?

Ditch Working Too Hard

Ditch Working Too Hard

It is great to have a solid work ethic as nothing worth getting comes easy. However, when does the time come where your work pays off? There's no point working so hard that you never get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Ditch Your Fear Of Setting Goals

Ditch Your Fear Of Setting Goals

So many people fear setting goals because they worry they won't be able to achieve them. But what if you can achieve them? Don't worry about not achieving something - just tell yourself that you will and push the doubts out of your mind.

Ditch Procrastination

Ditch Procrastination

Procrastination is a nasty little habit, and yet so many of us have it. It's mostly to do with the previous point of fear really. If you're worried you're not ready, then you probably aren't. But the difference between being ready and not being ready, is only in your mind. The decision to do something must be made. You are either going to do something or you aren't - there should be no in between.

Ditch Thinking About Yesterday

Ditch Thinking About Yesterday

So often we're stuck thinking about the mistakes we made yesterday that we have an almost impossible task of concentrating on today. Yesterday should inform today but not dominate it. Let your mistakes be lessons in how to confidently stride forward.

Ditch Thinking Of Tomorrow

Ditch Thinking Of Tomorrow

Sure, you've got goals that you're in pursuit of, but you should never get too far ahead of yourself that you're neglecting focus from the task at hand here and now. Set goals (and yes, we know this is a Nike ad but it works, doesn't it?) but remember that each (to)day is a step towards achieving them.

Ditch Striving For Absolute Perfection

Ditch Striving For Absolute Perfection

You can try and be perfect but we all know that this is a futile pursuit. So, what do we do instead? Well, we can aim to do our best but the only problem with "perfect" is that it doesn't allow further growth, and if you stop learning then what's the point?

Nothing is perfect and the journey doesn't stop.

Ditch Thinking Your Love Life Should Be Perfect

Ditch Thinking Your Love Life Should Be Perfect

Okay, so let's get more specific. Love isn't perfect and we shouldn't expect someone else to automatically equal happiness. It is unfair on them and totally unrealistic. However, if you're prepared to work at it and grow together, then you just might end up sharing life with your best friend.

Ditch Chasing The Perfect Body

Ditch Chasing The Perfect Body

A lot of people exercise and diet because it makes them feel good, helps them sleep, and gives them a more balanced life. Then, there's people who toy with diet and exercise because they want to look like Kendall Jenner. Needless to say, only one of those people will end up happy. Accept that you are not now, nor will you ever be or look, perfect. And that's perfectly okay!

Ditch Being Scared Of Hearing "No"

Ditch Being Scared Of Hearing "No"

We all want the best for our lives and that means asking for things and hoping to get things. Unfortunately, life isn't that simple. You're going to hear the word "no" (in its variety of forms) way more than you'll hear the opposite. Accepting that will save you the ups and downs of emotions when riding the waves of expectation.

Ditch Making Excuses

Ditch Making Excuses

The greatest tragedy in a person's life in terms of how they treat themselves is creating excuses. There's real reasons why you may not have achieved certain things you set out to and accepting those reasons will be far more beneficial to you in the long run than making excuses for yourself. Own up and grow up - real happiness is on the other side of that hurdle.

Ditch Unrealistic Expectations

Ditch Unrealistic Expectations

Perhaps this is the most important point on the list; you can set goals and hope for the best....all of that. But unless your expectations are realistic, you are only setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. This isn't to say that you shouldn't shoot for the stars - just that you should be prepared to put in the work to reach those stars.

Then, there's the fact that often, we're trying to live up to the expectations of others. Whether they be those of our parents, our friends, what we read in magazines or see on television; how counter-productive is it to look to others to tell you what will make you happy?!!