We all could use a little more happiness in our lives and less stress. Many of us feel that we can’t be happy because of various situations such as financial issues, health concerns, or family problems. However, there are plenty of things that you can do for yourself to bring more abundance to your life.

The key to all of this is to learn how to make yourself feel happy all on your own. That way, when your friends neglect you, family members disagree with you, or you end a long relationship, you don’t need anyone to help brighten your spirits.

Here are 11 useful ways to help anyone learn how to add more happiness to their lives.

  1. Start with Gratitude

Look around you. Do you have the things you need? Food on your table, shoes on your feet, and a roof over your head? You may not have all the things you want or what you think you need, but if you have your necessities, you have something to be grateful about. Once you start counting your blessings, you can feel the abundance begin to grow. This can make you more productive at work or home.

  1. Dare to Dream

Every major corporation or amazing accomplishment started with a dream. Your dreams are not out of reach if you put forth the effort to achieve them. It may seem impossible if you want to start your own business or buy a home of your own, but these are steps that you can take to make your dream a reality. Gain advice about starting your own business, get a student loan and go back to school to learn more about management. Improve your credit score so that you can take out a home loan. Yes, it will take some time, but if you stick with it, you can achieve it.

  1. Change Your Way of Thinking

We often think that rich people live abundant lives while those who are less fortunate must live in a world of limitations. Many poor people come from a background of a fear-based way of thinking. They believe the answers to their questions are “either/or” but never “both.” They believe in safety before self-expression and feel that there are too many obstacles in their way to achieving their goals. By changing their way of thinking, these individuals see opportunities out there that they were once blind to. Start with an open mind, and you will not believe what doors open to you.

  1. Choose to Believe in Yourself

If you choose to believe in something amazing, then you can choose to believe that you can do something about it. Take the time to write down the pros and cons about yourself, and be honest about it. Think about what you can do to fix the negative aspects and how you can advance the positive so that your dreams will become a reality.

  1. Stop Making Excuses

Your future is important to you. Therefore, you shouldn’t make excuses that only hold you back from progress. You may say that you don’t have time to go back to school, or you can’t save money due to your income. But when you step back and look at the reality of it all, you will see that you can make time to earn that degree, or you can set aside a small amount of money each payday for your savings. The decisions you make lead to your destiny.

  1. Realize That You Have Potential

One reason so many people are unhappy is that they don’t ever see their true potential. If you are working at a job you hate and have other talents that could help you succeed in life, make use of them. Famous actors and singers would have never gotten their start if they decided to work a 9-to-5 job instead of pursuing their dreams. What if J.K. Rowling never sat down that day to write the beginning of Harry Potter on a napkin? Let that sink in for a moment as you ponder your talents and potential.

  1. Let Opportunities Come to You

You don’t have to go out searching for opportunities if you take the time to make yourself attractive to the position. We’re not talking about physical attraction, but instead your skills, character, and talent. Take steps to improve those areas, and you will begin to see opportunities come to you instead of the other way around.

  1. Dedicate Yourself to Living Your Dreams

Once you decide that you are going to make your dreams come to life, your eyes will open to a brand-new world that you haven’t had the chance to see before. You will see that there have been opportunities available to you all along. Now is your chance to accept them and transform your life. You find out that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve it.

  1. Never Stop Dreaming

While you may be happy with your new life, it’s important to never be satisfied. Now that you know you can achieve your goals, it isn’t about the gold at the end of the rainbow anymore. Now it’s about the climb you must take to see how far you can push yourself. This will not make you unhappy or ungrateful. Instead, it can help you remain humble and ensure that you never become lazy.

  1. Use Your Abundance to Help Others

There is more than contributing money to a charity after you have made enough money to do so comfortably. You need to give your gift of happiness to others by sharing praise, recognition, your latest ideas, and your knowledge. Give your time to others. This can be just as useful as money. Everything you give away will come back to you a thousand times over.

  1. Make the Most of the Life Ahead

Once you have achieved happiness, you may feel like there is nothing left for you to strive for. But there is an abundance of new opportunities and challenges that await you throughout your life. Always work on improving yourself and add to the youthfulness and vitality of your mind.

The road to true happiness has many obstacles. Reaching your goal may take longer than you expect, and it can be frustrating when things don’t go your way. But never give up and never stop trying to improve yourself. You will learn that there is happiness waiting for you around every corner if you just open eyes, heart, and mind. Opinions expressed here by Contributors are their own.

Los is the CEO of Hype media, a publishing company focused on helping fitness influencers build brands.