8 Truths For A Happier Life

We all are human beings that live on this earth and each of us are trying to find our way through life every day.

Each and every day we try to find the meaning of our lives and we search daily for a better understand what the meaning of our lives is all about. All of us are given gifts, specialties and tools in order to be a positive influence on others and make our life more rewarding.

For some they know what their gifts are and they use their gifts to guide them in everything they do. While others cannot find their gifts because they are consumed with the stresses of the noisy world around them and the negative mental thoughts that cloud their judgement. Today many people allow distractions to keep them from finding and using their gifts to help others and to keep them from living a fulfilled life. These distractions are fear, ego, pressures from society, self-esteem, lack of faith…and thus, distractions will always hold us back.

In my walk through life I have witnessed many people find their true happiness in life. Each of these people had come to an understanding that they needed to find truths in their own timing and in their own way…

Let’s examine 8 of these truths are and what we need to do to be able to live by them.


  • Nobody can change who you are.

No one has the right to say who you are except for you. There are people and circumstances that can play a role in defining who you are if you allow these people or actions control your life. Do not allow negative people or situations to change who you are. By allowing negativity to define your life you are giving up control of your destiny. Learn to be yourself and learn to be happy with how you were born.

  • You were born with a purpose.

Some people call it being predestined, but each of us were put on this earth for a purpose. Many people will chase around a carrot trying to do more, be more and become more but in reality the roadmap of our life will unfold once we stop forcing ourselves to get more or when we stop trying to outdo others and learn to relax and trust in ourselves. Each one of us were born with qualities and gifts, some of these gifts do not show themselves to us until we grow spiritually and emotionally. As we mature some gifts are unlocked for us to use once we have the wisdom to use them.

  • Don’t let your mind control you.

All the uproar in your mind should not control who you are and it should not control how you live. You need to create space between you and your thought life, your thoughts should not guide how you live. Many people are enslaved by negativity and fear because they listen to all the noise that is in their subconscious.

  • Don’t get handcuffed by trying to be perfect.

Each person was born differently, just like there are no two snowflakes that are identical the same is true with us humans. The world is imperfect and each one of us are born imperfect as well. You must learn to use your imperfections, your quirks, and your flaws. We need to strive for distinction and high quality of excellence with what we are given and how each one of us is made. This does not mean that we must strive for perfection because perfection will never be attained, it will only lead you down a road of deceit and doom.

  • The past is the past.

You should never focus on the past because if you do you will miss the future. The past is just a mental memory. When you frequently relive the past you are suffocating your ability to live in the moment and make the best of your life.

  • How you believe in-yourself determines your reality.

You can change how you believe in yourself in order to build your self-confidence. Your opinion of yourself is deep-rooted in your brain, if these opinions of yourself are negative you need to change these thoughts to be more positive of yourself. The same way these negative opinions of yourself grew over time by changing your thought patterns to be repetitive positive thoughts eventually you will accept the positive as being the truth about yourself.

  • Be all you can be.

Each of us are unique. Each of us have unique gifts and abilities. No one on the face of this earth has what you have to give. Never underrate your abilities and what you can give back to others. Each one of us are given certain gifts and powers learn how to use what you were given and learn to be yourself and live a full authentic life.

  • Learn to forgive and let go.

If you want to live a happy life you need to forgive others in order to set yourself free. Letting go is not giving up on yourself or others. We all want to be happy in life but sometimes we all tie our hands to guilt and unforgiveness. When we let go and surrender this will bring peace, joy and happiness into our lives. We must also remember forgiveness is not just others but we need to be able to forgive ourselves.

Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.


I have always had an enthusiasm for homesteading and for living off the grid even though I live in a combination of country and urban setting. Living in Central Florida north of the big cities we have the best of both worlds, country and the conveniences that a person would have living in a large urban city. I personally have had a concern about our weakening economy and how it effects each and every-one of us. The second thing that I have a concern about is how most of the world view’s our country and what may happen one day here in the United States. My Life Experiences I was raised by parents that grew up during the great depression, they passed onto me what life was like and how people had to live during this time period. My family were farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders, they were raised this way and they passed onto me these qualities. I also have family members that live totally off the grid. They live in the North Woods of Minnesota which is a great location for living off the grid. The Southern Homesteader is a passion of mine, I love passing on and sharing information about cooking, news, being self-sufficient, living off the grid, canning, food storage, budgeting, and much more. Since this blog is a passion of mine I am constantly adding and tweaking this site to be a better resource for you. More About Me I grew up in Northern Illinois farm fields. After spending most of my life in large corporate business I decided to relocate to a small town on the nature coast of Central Florida. This is where I met my wife and between us we have 4 wonderful daughters. We have a small homestead where we raise our chicken and live freely. We also have a bug-out place in the mountains of North Carolina that we call our retreat. We spend time there getting things prepared for all our family members when SHTF. I am blessed with a wonderful family and the knowledge that God has given me so I can pass this along to you the readers. I will never tell what you what to do or what to purchase, I just am offering my opinion. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. Always feel free to contact me and drop me a note. I will do my best to respond to your emails in a timely manner. Thank you again, Tom Johnson