Welcome to a series of articles about Happiness. Anything stated is my opinion. Your life circumstances have probably been different from mine, so you will have your own thoughts and opinions.

We all know living in the past can drag a person down. Why? How about living in the future? We need balance, but living in the moment is something we should focus on to lead happy lives.

Living in the moment is best way to become and stay happy. Here is why.

We can’t change the past

We all have regrets from our past. There is nothing we can do to change it. Why waste energy lamenting over situations that are long gone and no longer in our control to change? Use the energy to make our present situation better. Learn what you can from the past, and move on.

We can’t predict what the future holds

Don’t worry about the future. You cannot predict it. You can only prepare to a certain extent. Being fearful about what tomorrow holds only causes stress that will contribute to health and mental problems.

Live in the moment and make the present your focus. Don’t fear repercussions your choices might bring. Make decisions based on what is good right now. This reduces depression and fear.

It forces you to be Present

When we think more about the past or the future, we drift away from what is right in front of our eyes. Maybe your present involves a work project that demands full attention and energy. Maybe your present involves small children with runny noses, who need lunch on the table.

When you embrace the present fully, you get more out of life. You will stop sabotaging your present joy with fear about what may come next, or the guilt of decisions from the past.

Be thankful for the faces in front of you now, and for the opportunities knocking on your door right now. Cherish the present and your future will be enhanced by the warm memories you will carry. You will have no regrets over misplaced focus.

Having a balanced Outlook

Living in the present is important. A balanced focus is important too. When you think about the future, make necessary plans for enjoying that time later, Someday, the future will be your “in the moment.” Don’t neglect planning for the future, but don’t let it consume your life in an unhealthy way. Balance is key, and will help you not to feel stress due to too much focus on one area.

Living in the moment is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. Happiness is achieved when we choose to live and enjoy where we are right now, instead of pining away for another time and place.

Use the time and life you are given right here and now, you will know true happiness.

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