5 Reasons Not to Take Life Too Seriously

Have you recently found yourself feeling over-stressed and dissatisfied?

Numerous studies, including those by the Franklin Institute, reveal that when men and women are bombarded with constant stress and fail to find enjoyment  in their daily lives, they suffer on numerous levels.

The following are five reasons you may want to consider lightening up:

1. Your health is definitely at risk.

The University of California at Irvine’s Health Education Center asserts that stress has the power to cause mental and physical problems including infection, illness, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety disorders, and more. Failing to keep your stress levels in check can be debilitating and/or deadly.

2. Your personal relationships may be suffering.

According the Buddhist tradition,  when you become overly attached to life and take things too seriously, you inevitably suffer. Unfortunately, this misery extends into your friendships and partnerships/marriages.

In fact, research by Dr. John Gottman has revealed a direct link between fun interactions and a successful partnership/marriage. His study discovered that the most successful couples have a 5:1 positive to negative ratio. On the other hand, those with constant conflict (often due to taking things too seriously) usually see their relationships fall apart eventually.

3. You probably aren’t taking chances.

Author Blake Lewis once wrote, “If  you never take risks in life, you’ll never see anything new.” Those who tend to take life too seriously are normally afraid to take risks. Instead, they find themselves watching others live out their dreams, which often breeds dissatisfaction and depression.

4. You’re most likely caring too much about what others think.

There are few things worse than being frozen with fear, worrying how others perceive you. Per the research of the Self-Esteem Institute, most cases of depression are linked to low self-esteem. When you take life too seriously, it is quite common to give too much power to others.

5. You may be forgetting the child-within.

There are many things that spring from the child-within that have the power to provide you joy. Think back to when you were a child — you most likely knew how to laugh, owned creativity, and dared to share love with those around you.

Author G.K Chesterton shares, “Happy is he who still loves something he lived in the nursery.” Dare to rediscover the child within, and you may regain the spring in your step.

If you want to make adjustments with your life, it may be beneficial for you to study the “Key Characteristics of Happy People,” as outlined by author Dr. David Myers, author of “Pursuit of Happiness:”

1. Happy people like themselves.

2. Happy people feel a sense of personal control.

3. Happy people are optimistic.

4. Happy people are extroverted.

5. Happy people have close relationships.

6. Happy people have a spiritual foundation.

7. Happy people tend to have balanced lives.

8. Happy people are creative.

Life is extremely short — so next time you find yourself thinking the world is going to end, take a deep breath and be thankful that you can enjoy another day of life!