Americans live in one of the richest countries in the world, but an online poll revealed that only 33% are happy. Unfulfilling jobs, dead-end relationships and money worries are among the reasons people say they are unhappy.

The good news is that there are things you can do to live a life you love. These tips will help you create measurable change in your life and help turn your life around on your own terms.

Allow yourself to be you

A lot of people have been wearing different masks so habitually that they don’t even notice when they’re doing it. If you continue to pretend to be someone you’re really not, you are likely to end up unhappy, unfulfilled and uninspired.

Step away from the image that people are expecting of you and allow yourself to be you. You are a beautiful person. You are special in your own way. You don’t have to pretend to be someone else. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for living your life your way.

Practice gratefulness

With all the ups and downs in our lives, many of us fail to realize how lucky and blessed we really are. Practicing gratitude makes us happier and more content. Take time to reflect upon and recognize the things that you have to be thankful for.  Acknowledge them and appreciate them. This will help you realize what you have and that there is nothing lacking in your life. As a result, it reduces your tendency to want more all the time.

Find your passion

Most people will say that they do their job for the money.  But if you focus only on making money, you may find what you’re doing dull and repetitive tasks or find yourself constantly lacking motivation.

Find something you’re passionate about and do it, even if you can’t do it for a living. When you spend time focusing on your passions, life will feel easier and more joyful. When you are doing something you truly love, the quality of your life will improve dramatically. Life is too short to spend too much time on things you don’t love doing.

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