Self Happiness Manifesto Part 6 – How to Embrace Change!

24 Mar

Change is the Only ConstantSource

We’re coming down the home stretch! Only one more article from the Self-Happiness Manifesto Series left!

This article relates to accepting, embracing and enjoying change. Changes can be minimal or monumental, positive or negative. While we cannot control change at all time, one thing that is within our power is how we react and adapt to it.

Assess the situation. What is changing? Why?

This kind of clarity can prepare you for what is coming next. That way you can understand both the potential difficulties as well as the potential opportunities, rather than being swept up in the tide of change with little control over your own destiny.

Free your Mind! (And the rest will follow!)

If you understood that cultural reference, four for you. Change is not always a bad thing! While some changes may seem bad at first glance, there is usually a benefit to them. Even if it seems like nothing good can come of the changes you have gone through, there is always a lesson that can be learned from the experience.

Positivity is Key!

Your attitude is a crucial part of the battle when it comes to surviving experiences, both good and bad. If you have your mind made up that the changes in your life are going to be plumbing the absolute depths of human misery, guess what? That’s probably what’s going to happen. You might be pleasantly surprised, sure, but if your mind isn’t prepared to accept the good in a situation, you are less apt to find it.

Be Honest With Yourself

One of the unfortunate side-effects of change can be added stress.  Whether it is a new opportunity, a new setting or a new job, new experiences that you are unused to can easily cause anxiety.

Even if you are extremely excited about the recent happenings in your life, it is worthwhile to recognize when you’re getting stressed out as well. You don’t want your wonderful opportunities to become a constant source of tension and anxiousness!

Step back every once in a while and return to what you find comfortable and relaxing. When you have taken a breather, feel free to jump back in!

Talk to Someone

This goes for the good and the bad. It’s important to share your feelings with someone so they know what you are going through. This can also put the various changes in your life into perspective, in a way you might have not seen by yourself.

Embrace the change.

No matter how difficult this is. And it can be difficult sometimes, believe me.

Perhaps the change is happening for a reason? Perhaps it needed to happen? What can you gain from it? What can you learn?

Try to have fun. See the good in the little things in life that make everything worthwhile. And when things are bad, this is when you grow as a person. As Faith Evans sang, “If I had to do it all again, I wouldn’t take away the pain, ‘cause I know it made me who I am.”

After reflecting on it, perhaps you’ll see that change really isn’t so bad. This may happen in the midst of change, or perhaps during hindsight. Regardless, you still may have everything you need surrounding you.

How do you embrace change? Please share in the comments.



Read the other Self Happiness Articles Here:

0. The Self Happiness Manifesto

1. Worry Less

2.  Smile More

3. Accept Criticism

4. Take Responsibility

5. Listen and Love


One Response to “Self Happiness Manifesto Part 6 – How to Embrace Change!”


  1. My Happiness Manifesto/a! « xoxo, tara. - August 29, 2010

    […] EMBRACE CHANGE – Change is virtually inevitable, whether we like it or not. Huffing and puffing won’t stop winter from following autumn! Embracing change and the new experiences it can bring can be fulfilling and inspiring, while resisting change with all of your heart can be boring and stifling. Change does not always have to be a bad thing, and when one door closes, another opens. And if change ends up being for the worse, know that there is always a new day on the horizon, and things may change again. […]

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