5 Habits To Make You Happier.
Are you happy? Unfortunately for all too many the answer is no. People are stressed by work, families, money and life in general. We get so caught up in “stuff” I think we forget to be happy. We are all responsible for our own happiness and here are 5 habits to help get you on your way to being happier.
Sounds so obvious doesn’t it. But how often do you really smile? Smile for no other reason than to smile. Smiling will instantly lift your mood and what’s more its contagious. If you smile, people around you will smile. What a wonderful epidemic you could start. Start smiling more often and feel the difference.
2. Appreciate everything.
We all want more. More money, new car, bigger house, better job. As we go through life there will always be things we want but we need to really appreciate what you have right now. Do you have a warm bed to sleep in at night? Do you have Job? Do you have food and water? Be grateful for everything you have right now even if it is not exactly what you want. Feel proud of what you have accomplished, really feel it and notice the happiness that you feel.
3. Take time out.
We all need to give ourselves a break. It doesn’t matter if it is a weekend or half an hour. We need to take a break form the chores, from worry, from work, from life itself and focus on us. Yes that means you and just you. Not your spouse or your children just you. Read a book, go for walk, take a long bath, or my favourite – meditate. Take the time to really switch off from the chatter inside your head and quieten your mind. Find it difficult, try a guided meditation or listen to an audio book. Try to take at least ten minutes a day just for you.
Now I know some of you are saying “Exercising does not make me happy!” But, getting up and moving your body, gets your blood pumping and how good does it feel when you’ve exercised. You know the feeling. You may not always feel happy during but afterwards you will feel great. It does not mean you have to go to the gym or train for a marathon. Just move. Walk the dog, do some yoga, putting on some music and dance. Try it and feel the difference.
5. Say Thank You.
Most of us do this naturally. So naturally it is almost automatic, we say the words without even thinking. Try saying it and really meaning it. Thank the girl who packed your groceries, maybe even compliment her. Thank your son for doing the dishes and remind how great he is for doing it. See the smiles you will get in return for your kind words. We all love to be appreciated, so start being sincere to those that you say thank you too. The act of doing this will bring you joy and what’s more the more you do it the more you will receive thanks and appreciation in return which will bring even more happiness.
Remember we are responsible for our own happiness. Find the time to be happy now. Life is short so don’t waste a moment.
Till next time – JJ