By Karl Moore
“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.” - Helen Keller
Oh, come on. Admit it.
We all do it every single day.
Everybody enjoys wallowing in a little self-pity. It feels great to remind ourselves how terrible the world is. How we've not been given the right opportunities. How people are against us. How life has been a real struggle this past year.
But here's a true secret to happiness. And it's probably the biggest, easiest and quickest happiness secret you'll stumble across. Ever.
If you want to be happy – just stop feeling sorry for yourself.
Self-pity, you see, is the worst kind of emotion. It eats up everything around, except itself. It leaves itself standing in the middle, feeling sorry for how poorly life has been treating it.
We've all felt like that, right?
Maybe you feel like life has dealt you a bad hand. Perhaps you've lost money, family or health. It could be that you've missed out on so many opportunities that others have been easily granted – and you think that fate really HAS been unfair to you.
And that viewpoint might even be 100% correct.
But STOP feeling sorry for yourself.
It's not going to help the situation. It'll only help you to wallow in a state of apathy, playing the victim. The kind of person that things happen to, but that can't do anything about it. By stopping feeling sorry for yourself, you can actually get on and DO something about it.
Trust me on this one. This is the biggest ever technique for putting a smile onto your face.
If you're wondering how to be happy – the answer is to stop feeling sorry for yourself.
You could close this book right now and you'd already hold the wisdom of ten thousand self-development courses, and double that number of self-help gurus.
And it's so simple. In fact, it's worth repeating (and rewording) one more time:
Stop feeling sorry for yourself – and you will be happy.