Weekends make up only about 28 percent of your life.

Even less if you tend to sleep in on Saturday and spend Sunday night agonizing over the following day.

Surely there must be a way to tolerate (and hopefully appreciate) life regardless of what the calendar says, right?

Keep in mind, the average person doesn’t just wait for Fridays. Their whole life revolves around the idea that we should always be waiting for something.

Wait until your holidays. Wait until you get married, until you find that special someone, retire, win the lottery, you name it.

And when/if that actually happens, you find that the happiness that comes with it is elusive and doesn’t last longer than a few days or weeks.

Even worse, you may realize that you have wasted years waiting and complaining even though life was great, and then paradoxically you may want to go back to those days. And the waiting turns into regret.

That doesn’t have to be you. There is another way.

Stop waiting for Friday

I don’t want to get too philosophical here — the only reason I mentioned regret and all that is, I want you to be acutely aware of what the “waiting trap” can lead to.

And I want you to realize that although your state of mind affects primarily your today, today turns into tomorrow, and the following week, and the following month, and it can easily develop into a lifelong pattern.

We have been conditioned to think happiness never lasts, that any high must be followed by a low and that, most importantly, happiness is ridiculously difficult to achieve.

That’s the main problem. Think of happiness as a prize that must be achieved, and you’ve already lost the game. What if a happy, calm mood was our most natural state as human beings?

The truth is that more often than not we can choose to be happy and respond positively to whatever is going on in our life.

And the reason we don’t is purely because of the habit of complaining and comparing our life to someone else’s (or rather, what we think someone else’s life looks like).

Once we develop the habit of gratitude, of appreciating and focusing on the good rather than the bad, happiness ceases to be unattainable; and we end the battle.

Most importantly, happiness ceases to depend on anything else. The waiting trap makes you say things like: “once/if/when this happens, I will be happy”.

Besides the fact that these statements often reflect an illusion, they put happiness in the external world.

Be your own source of happiness. Decide to enjoy and appreciate life no matter what. It really is a habit.

Create your own life

So, what’s so special about Fridays? I mean it quite literally; it’s a serious question. Why do you tend to be happier on certain days or times of the year?

Is it freedom from work, going out, socializing, a certain hobby or activity? Make sure you are clear on this.

If you design a life in which every single day is a Friday, then you no longer have to wait. It may take time, or you may have to be creative, but it’s possible.

For example, it can be hard to reach a point where you no longer rely on a job, but perhaps you can find one that doesn’t steal your joy for five days a week.

Perhaps you hate the winter and don’t want to move to a different state or country, but you could work remotely during the coldest months.

Ideally, you should learn to be happy right now and actively work on creating a life that’s meant for you.

It would be naive to think that complete happiness and fulfillment can be felt in any circumstance because no matter how grateful we may be, our heart knows there is more out there.

The trick is to stop complaining. Complaining is draining and leads to absolutely nothing — if anything, it creates unnecessary stress.

Use your time and energy to work on your dreams, not to fight against the world around you. No one ever achieved their dream lifestyle by dwelling on negative thoughts.

And once you find happiness in the present moment, it’ll be much easier to work toward what you want because you’ll have higher levels of energy and willpower.

Be happy now today so you can be even happier tomorrow. It all starts right here, right now.

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