What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just like you can learn any other skill. People who are happy follow a set of habits that create peace in their lives; when you apply these habits in your own life, you’ll be happier too! YAY! 🙂
1. Express Gratitude For What You Have
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or a list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.
2. Live in The Present
Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.
3. Regard Your Problems As Challenges
Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.
4. Avoid Making Excuses
It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
5. Dream Big
Go ahead and dream big, you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.
6. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back, and keep moving forward.
7. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.
8. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Do you have negative or draining people in your life? The saying “misery loves company” is SOOO true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy, so that you’ll be surrounded with positive energy.
The company we keep is a reflection of us. This is absolutely ESSENTIAL! Especially when you are just starting to work on yourself. Whether we like it or not, the people we spend most of our time with are rubbing off on us. Take inventory of the people in your life. Are they in alignment with your core values? Your life goals?
Do they lift you up or drag you down?
9. Realize That You Don’t Need Others’ Approval
It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.
10. Let Go Of Grudges
We’ve all been hurt by another person. Forgiving is necessary for your own happiness, holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.
You don’t do it for them. You do it for yourself. You’re only hurting yourself by hanging onto the resentment you’ve been carrying around with you. Forgiveness is not the same as forgetting, and it’s not easy, but is absolutely essential if you want to move forward with self-respect and confidence. It’s how you set yourself free.
11. Wake Up At The Same Time Every Morning
Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of getting early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.
12. Be Kind
Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around. (But remember NOT to confuse kindness with being a people-pleaser!)
13. Speak Well of Others
It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, don’t let other people gossip in your company. Doing so, you’ll help create more positive vibes in your own life as well.
14. Take Time To Listen
Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.
15. Nurture Social Relationships
Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.
Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.
17. Eat Well
What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional wellness.
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.
19. Live Minimally
Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.
20. Be Honest
Every time you are indirect, “sugar-coating” things, or not telling the truth (about how you feel, or what you really want!), your stress levels are will increase and your self-esteem will take a hit. Plus, if others find out you’re lying it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, displays confidence, self-respect and assertiveness while it boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.
21. Establish Personal Control
Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.
22. Accept What Cannot Be Changed
Everything in your life is NOT going to be perfect –perfection does NOT exist!!! Happy people learn to accept that sometimes things will not work out, there will be injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change. Instead, happy people put their energy on changing what they CAN control.
What habits do you need to work on improving in your life? Make a list of them and hang it on your wall to remind you ever morning of your happiness goals 😀