A lot of people claim they're happy and then think, say, and do things that indicate they're not. The thing I like so much about self-awareness is that it's an actual path to happiness, not just some false assertion. Here's how it works:
- You take an ongoing, honest, candid look at yourself, examining your strengths and areas for improvement.
- You identify the parts of your life that don't lead to joy, these are often the remnants of your formative years when you were hurt in some way.
- You feel all the emotions related to your past hurts and actively work on healing them. You go to therapy if necessary.
- You begin forming a clear picture of your whole self.
- What you feel, think, say, and do all follow the same path and don't conflict with each other.
- You identify who you genuinely are deep inside and what you really want to do with your life.
- You take action every day to live life as the real you.
- Your level of kindness and compassion toward yourself and others keeps growing.
- You feel, think, and behave positively toward yourself and others; not just say you do.
- You become so happy inside that you make the world a better place for everyone.
If you value self-awareness, you're likely doing one or several of these things right now and you're on your way to living a peaceful, loving, balanced, dynamic, fulfilling, healthy life. What does real happiness mean to you?