3 Ways to Gain More Self-Awareness and Happiness
Written By: Matt Mignona
Most of us tend to live out the daily motions, rather than stopping and processing the experiences. We tend to spend more time engaging with others, that we forget we need to individually reflect. Whether you are content with where your life is right now or not, happiness is always something we could use more of. Happiness is not something that just happens, but is rather something that you choose.
One key importance in finding happiness is self-awareness. Self-awareness is a tool to utilize for choosing your dreams, purpose, and life’s path.
Trying to be someone that you aren’t generates tension and negativity. With self-awareness, you learn who you are, who you want to be, and what it will take to get there. This draws you away from negativity, and brings you happiness.
What is Self-Awareness?
It is the ability to understand the different areas that make you happy in life, and those that do not make you happy. Becoming self-aware is understanding yourself and your limits.
Here’s three reasons why self-awareness is so important:
1. You see your life differently and more thoroughly.
Self-awareness allows you to see your life through various lenses, perspectives, and possibilities. It embodies the opportunities to evaluate what should change, what new habits need to be formed, and the ultimate dreams you really do have for your life. The more aware you are with your conscious and subconscious, the more you know how you really feel about yourself. Knowing these things will push you to achieve goals you’ve only otherwise dreamt about. You will also learn more about yourself, and who you truly are.
2. You better understand the world around you.
Along with seeing your life differently, self-awareness empowers you to see others and the world around you differently. You process different emotions, scenarios, and experiences through a healthy filter. You become a more understanding and nicer person. A better understanding gives you more space to not be so hard on yourself and others. As new habits begin to form, you start automatically choosing to see the positives in everything. This new perspective ultimately leads to a journey towards happiness.
3. You find inner peace.
With self-awareness in tact, your attitude and perspective become clearer over time. The more you practice and embrace self-awareness, the more your perspective will shift. With a clearer perspective, you better process things you do. You see the good in things, and don't dwell on the negative. Happiness does not just happen, it is chosen. By choosing self-awareness, you find an inner peace with what happens in your life.
Start working towards inner peace, clear perspectives, and habits to take back your life. Start choosing to see the positives, and stop dwelling on the negatives. Start focusing on self-awareness, and find happiness you couldn't even dream of. Happiness that will not fade over time, but happiness that you can enhance over time. We are here to provide you with the necessary tools to find self-awareness, and ultimately choose long-lasting happiness.
How to Take Action?
Ok, so you may be wondering how can you take action and improve your own self-awareness. If you are wondering how, here’s three practical tips to improve your self-awareness and become more happy!
1. Keep a daily journal
You should get a pen and a journal where you will record your daily activities, emotions, and what you feel about each day. This will enable you to keep track of your tendencies and understand yourself better.
When you write about your feelings and identify what triggers certain feelings, you will be aware of negative thoughts as well as feelings. You will also be able to identify the reason why you are having those negative thoughts and find a way to prevent the negative thoughts from affecting your life.
2. Take a self-assessment
Thoroughly assess yourself; identify the things that make you happy and those that anger you. Look at your positive side as well as your negative side. You can take a look in the mirror and answer the following questions:
- Who are you?
- When are you happiest?
- What angers you?
- What things put you in a great mood?
- Who motivates and inspires you?
- What amuses and makes you laugh?
- You should be honest with yourself when answering these questions.
3. Give yourself continuing self-assessments
Once you have understood who you really are—what angers you the most and what makes you laugh—the next step is to reflect and audit your improvement and progress. For example, you can ask yourself questions like “What did I do well today? What can I do to improve on this tomorrow? What lessons did I learn from today’s activities?” And so on.
With the help of the Self Awareness Happiness Assessment, which can be downloaded for free, you can improve on your self-awareness and live a happy life.