The Key to Happiness is Patience

 

"Patience is the ability to accept trouble, suffering, and delay without getting angry or upset. I feel like if you can master patience, you can master anything."
-Sean Anderson

 

In a society fixated on convenience, it is almost impossible to have patience. How many of us can attest to having an incredible amount of patience, probably, very few of us. Some of us can vividly recall being impatient while waiting in line at Starbucks or sighing heavily, wishing for traffic to end. Whether or not we like to admit it, we all could use a little help in the patience department.

Like the old adage states, patience is a virtue. Being patient allows you to be at peace. You begin to think clearly and see things from a different perspective. The ability to view a situation from a different perspective is essential to understanding the people around you. Being patient can relieve stress and we all know, nothing good has ever resulted from being stressed. Here are three tips to help you embrace patience.


1. Ask yourself, Why?

If you feel yourself becoming impatient ask yourself, why? Why am I constantly frustrated in the morning? Why am I always frustrated with my co-workers? Most of us will find that the thing that causes us to be impatient can be changed. If the cause of your frustration in the morning is due to traffic, find an alternative route, or make a playlist of your favorite songs to help take your mind off traffic. Working with a team is never an easy task. To avoid conflict with co-workers, find common ground. You might find your similarities outweigh your differences.

2. Find your happy medium.

What makes you happy? What's that one thing or person that puts an unexplainable smile on your face? Find what makes you happy and resort to whatever it maybe to help you regain your composure. If thinking about your children makes you happy, picture their faces if you feel yourself getting impatient during staff meetings. If you have a great weekend or vacation planned, think about how much fun you're bound to have while waiting in a ridiculously long line. Waiting patiently in line can give you time to plan activities and possibly figure out what to wear.

3. Perform a tedious task.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. We are so caught up in a timeline, we forget to live life and enjoy the little things. Take 10 minutes out of your day to perform a tedious task, such as,