Happiness is not based on what we have but on how we feel about what we have. Happiness is not determined by our circumstances but by how we perceive them and react to them. While some people might be more naturally happier than others, the difference isn’t so great that it cannot be overcome and achieved by anyone willing to put in a little effort every day into simple things that promote optimism and gratefulness. Here are 30 habits for happiness you can do on a daily basis that will bring you greater feelings of happiness.
1) Find more time in your day for the activities and people who give you joy and meaning in life such as friends, family members, or pursuing hobbies.
2) Learn how to relax by taking time to have fun, listen to music, spend time with family and friends.
3) Do not multitask – try focusing on just one thing at a time as this will allow you to concentrate fully and get the best out of every moment.
4) Spend time in nature- take a walk in the woods, go for a hike or spend some time by the ocean.
5) Challenge yourself to learn something new every day- whether you read a book on a new topic or learn another language, doing something interesting on a daily basis can make it easier to find happiness when life is monotonous.
6) Reminisce about the past but don’t dwell too much. Think of pleasant memories or ways to make even better memories for tomorrow
7) Don’t hold on to resentments. If possible apologize and forgive people who have wronged you. Forgiving people doesn’t mean that what they did was okay- it just means that being angry all the time isn’t the way for happiness.
8) Acknowledge when you are feeling down and do something to pick yourself up.
9) Look at life from different perspectives. When you think about things in a positive light, it will be easier to find the good in every situation
10) Make lists of all the reasons you have to feel grateful- whether it is because someone helped you when they didn’t have to or because there was no traffic on your way home today.
11) Be aware of what’s going on around you- make an effort to see other people as individuals with their own hopes, dreams, and worries rather than walking stereotypes. Everyone has layers beyond what initially meets the eye.
12) Set goals for yourself that are within reach. Sometimes the thought of an entirely new life is overwhelming so start by setting smaller goals, or breaking larger goals down into manageable parts or milestones.
13) When you wake up in the morning tell yourself something positive about yourself- it could be your hair looks nice today or you are a wonderful mother/father/partner, etc. Say these things to yourself even if you don’t’ believe them at first because over time you will come to accept them as true.
14) Learn to think positively about your problems- rather than thinking of all the reasons why things won’t work out, challenge yourself to find solutions and ways you can improve on what’s already there.
15) Try offering help to those who need it. Volunteering or just being kind and thoughtful towards those less fortunate than yourself helps us remember that we are all in this together and there is no need.
16) Read books and articles about positive thinking and self-improvement. These activities will give you access to outside sources for inspiration that can really help keep you motivated.
17) When you feel angry or frustrated, take deep breaths and count to ten before saying anything that could harm your relationship with someone else- this might mean biting your tongue when it would be easy to lash out.
18) Find ways to help yourself feel more grateful by keeping a gratitude journal where every night before bed you write down three things for which you are grateful.
19) Take an interest in other people. This simple activity is a great way not only to increase happiness but make new friends too.
20) Let yourself go with the flow and accept things for what they are. It’s impossible to always be in control of everything that goes on in your life, so learn how to roll with the punches.
21) When you feel sad or lonely remember it won’t last forever- these feelings will pass and there is no reason why you need to punish yourself by wallowing all day long. Try something new; turn off technology and spend some time alone doing something you really enjoy.
22) Learn how to say ‘no’ to people when you feel it is right- if you can’t or don’t want to do something, make sure that others understand. This will ensure your time is spent doing things you enjoy rather than wasting energy on things that don’t really matter.
23) Do not allow stress to take over your life. Make time for yourself even if’s just half an hour to read a novel, listen to your favorite music or have some “my time”.
24) Remember that you are only human. You are not expected to be perfect so there is no point beating yourself up when things don’t go the way you want them to. Try again tomorrow if at all possible- this will help you remain positive.
25) Try talking to a therapist or someone outside of your circle who has no preconceived notions about you or the things you have been through. Having an impartial person who can be objective about your problems can really help guide you towards solutions.
26) Take up yoga or meditation which can help reduce stress levels. Yoga also improves concentration which will allow you to live every moment more fully rather than being stuck in your thoughts about work or other problems.
27) Make your living environment as positive as possible. This could involve making your home beautiful and comfortable or even surrounding yourself with people whose company you enjoy. Create the life that you want for yourself.
28) When faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge try taking it one step at a time and be kind to yourself- this will help you find things within your control and remain hopeful about what lies ahead.
29) Take the time to slow down and appreciate all of the wonderful little moments that make up our daily lives. Look up at the sky, take notes on sunsets, count stars in the night sky, notice patterns of light coming through stained glass windows, etc.
30) Practice gratitude towards other people every day- thank them for being there, thank them for their help and be grateful for what they have done.
One thing I would add is to take care of yourself by having good hygiene, wearing clean clothes, and being healthy. There’s nothing worse than being around someone who has poor personal hygiene or looks sickly. It makes them much less attractive as well as depressing for those around them. Also, it’s definitely a big part of feeling “worthwhile” which is a great booster when you’re feeling down or depressed in any way.
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