How To Find Happiness By Following 12 Simple Principles

Is your life everything you want it to be, or do you sometimes feel like there’s something missing?  You may be like many people today who feel a vague sense of unhappiness, without really understanding why.  Maybe you can point to certain people or circumstances in your life that you wish would change, but deep down you suspect that the real issue is you.  And you’re right…you may be subconsciously sabotaging your own happiness.

In order to be happy, you have to feel good about yourself.  If you don’t, you will be more likely to make poor choices and to allow the people and situations in your life to determine your level of happiness.  Real happiness comes from a feeling of inner peace that occurs naturally when you feel good about the way you’re living your life.

Fortunately, regardless of where you currently are in your life, you can begin practicing 12 principles that will help you find lasting happiness.  Following these principles will make you feel good about yourself and help you to reach your full potential:

  1. Take personal responsibility for your life.

    You control your thoughts and actions and thus control your life.  Other people, fate and circumstances may impact your life, but you have the final say as to how your life is lived.
  2. Be honest.

    Honesty builds your self-esteem and improves your relationships.  It takes a brave person to be honest because it increases your vulnerability, but the reward is worth the risk.

  3. Take control of your thinking.

    Develop the positive intent to control your thinking, rather than letting it be controlled by ego, other people or circumstances.

  4. Focus on the present.

    It is only in the present that you can effect change.  The past is gone and the future hasn’t arrived.

  5. Forgive.

    Forgiving is something you do for yourself.  When you forgive yourself or another person, you let go of painful memories and reclaim your happiness and peace of mind.

  6. Let go of fear.

    When you overcome a fear which has kept you from living your best possible life, you experience a feeling of freedom and exhilaration.  Fear only has the power you give it.

  7. Lighten up and enjoy life.

    Life was meant to be enjoyed, and enjoying life teaches you to be grateful.  Whether you are enjoying a baby’s smile or a sunset with your lover, be grateful to be alive and enjoy every minute of your life.

  8. Take care of yourself.

    Focus on good nutrition, regular exercise, getting adequate sleep and controlling your stress level.  When you feel good physically, it positively affects your mental state, too.

  9. Love unconditionally.

    When you strip everything else away, all we really want is to love and be loved.  Loving unconditionally is the greatest gift you can give yourself and the world!

  10. Keep learning and growing.

    When you continue to learn and grow, you expand your inner and outer world.  There is an unlimited amount of information and it is yours for the taking.

  11. Focus on what you want and take action.

    When you focus on what you want, your chances of getting it go up dramatically.  So don’t waste your precious energy focusing on what you don’t want – save it for what matters.

  12. Develop your spiritual life.

    This is a personal matter which will be addressed differently by each person, but it is a critical step to powerful living.  Developing your spiritual life gives your life meaning and purpose.

To find out more about the 12 principles of powerful living, check out my self-help  book, Wake Up to Powerful Living: 12 Principles to Transform Your Life!  If your life isn’t everything you want it to be, you owe it to yourself to make some changes.

By the time you have mastered all 12 principles, you will have unlocked the key to lasting happiness.  But don’t stop there.  To be a true champion of powerful living, you’ll want to take what you’ve learned and pass it on!


About Kara Lane

Kara Lane is the founder of Champions of Powerful Living (, a company that provides personal development products and services which help people achieve life success. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and author of Wake Up to Powerful Living: 12 Principles to Transform Your Life!

She is a CPA and was Vice President of Financial Planning for a national health insurance company before deciding to leave the corporate world in 2008 to pursue her dream of helping people realize their full potential.
Kara lives in Carmel, Indiana, with her husband, Rick, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and adventurous activities like snorkeling with sharks, skydiving, and horseback riding.


  1. Faisal Mubarak says:

    well, Kara after reading your article, I am going to change my life. Thanks a lot.

    • Your Principles are so encouraging that I am taking them wholesale and I shall refer to them now and then to master them as ten commandments; not merely mastering them but to be seen living by them. You are a good Councillor, a good preacher a good leader and a mentor.

  2. It’s really informative and encouraging. Some people does’t know that they only need these 12 to make them happy. By posting this article I know many people will find the happiness they are looking for. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A simple principle is just an easy way to follow and practice but having it on the mind and the wellingness of heart true happiness can be achive easily..

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