Irrespective of your concept of true happiness, the onus of enjoying a happier, more satisfied life lies upon you. Some minor modifications to your regular habits can help you achieve your happiness goal.
Believe it or not, habits make a huge difference. If you’ve ever tried breaking a bad habit, then you must know how engrained they are. However, good habits are deeply engrained, as well.
In this article, we’ve identified the following daily habits to achieve more happiness in your life.
Do you feel that exercise is just for your body? Well, regular exercise minimizes feelings of anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression, simultaneously boosting self-esteem and happiness. Are you aware that even some kind of physical activity can make a difference? You need not train for a marathon or scale a mountain unless that makes you feel satisfied. Never overexert yourself. All of a sudden, don’t throw yourself into a strenuous routine to end up feeling frustrated and sore. Try activities like golf, bowling, or dancing.
We only smile whenever we’re happy. Do you know that it’s a two-way street? A happy feeling brings a smile to your face and that very smile lets the brain discharge dopamine, to make us happier. A few researchers claim that the link between smiling and happiness must be attributed to the “facial feedback hypothesis,” where facial expressions may have some influence on emotions. We aren’t advising you to go around with a fake smile plastered on your face all the time. But you can start each morning by smiling at yourself in the mirror.
- Eating with Mood in Mind
Food preferences indeed have an impact on your overall physical health. However, some foods can affect your state of mind too. For example, carbohydrates discharge serotonin, a “feel good” hormone. Choose complex carbs, like beans, vegetables, and whole grains, to help you avoid a crash while still providing serotonin.
If you wish to eat considering your mood in mind, then begin with making one food choice for your mood every day. You can swap a big, sweet breakfast pastry for some Greek yogurt with fruit. Apart from satisfying your sweet tooth, the protein will help you avoid a mid-morning energy crash. Add in a new food swap every week.
- Sleeping Aplenty
All adults need a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night. Regardless of how much our fast-moving modern society compels us to sleep less, we know that sufficient sleep is essential for brain function, good health, and emotional well-being. Getting adequate sleep also minimizes your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
A few tips for a better sleep routine are as follows:
- Maintain the darkness and quietness of your bedroom.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time daily, including on weekends.
- Note the number of sleeping hours you get every night and how rested you feel. After a week, you realize how you’re doing. You may use an app to track your sleep.
- Avoid heavy eating and drinking.
- Reserve the hour before bed as quiet time.
- If you wish to take a nap, try restricting it to 20 minutes only.
Consult a doctor to treat any sleeping disorder.
According to research, performing acts of kindness may promote your overall well-being too.
Giving a sincere compliment is a fast and simple method to brighten someone’s day while boosting your happiness as well. Make eye contact with a person and say it with a smile so that they know you mean what you say. It’ll make you feel good. If you wish to compliment someone on their physical appearance, then do it respectfully.
- Practicing Gratitude
Just being grateful can boost your mood to a large extent. You may be surprised to know that practicing gratitude can significantly impact your feelings of hope and happiness. Begin every day by acknowledging one thing you’re grateful for. You can even do this while brushing your teeth or even taking a shower.
Always consider the pleasant things in your life. You feel elated to know that someone loves you or if you get a well-deserved promotion. Even small things like a colleague who offered you a cup of coffee or the neighbor who waved to you. A little practice will make you even more aware of all the positive things around you.
- Deep Breathing
If you feel tense and your shoulders are tight, then you feel as if you just might “lose it.” Instinctively you may take a long, deep breath to calm yourself down. Trust us, that instinct is a good one. Research has established that slow breathing and deep breathing exercise can help reduce stress. So, the next time you feel stressed or are at your wit’s end, Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose. Slowly breathe out through your mouth or nose. Repeat this process multiple times until you begin to feel calm down.
- Maintaining A Journal
A journal is an amazing method to plan your thoughts, analyze your feelings, and make strategies. You need not be a literary genius or write volumes to benefit. Simply jot down a few thoughts before going to bed.
- Acknowledging the Unhappy Times
A positive attitude is usually a good thing. However, bitter things happen to all in our lives. Whenever you receive some bad news or commit a mistake, don’t pretend to be happy. Acknowledge the feeling of unhappiness by letting yourself experience it temporarily. Immediately shift your focus to what made you feel this way and what it might take to recover.
- Avoiding Comparison with Others
It’s easy comparing yourself to others. The consequence would be that you may experience more discontent, lower self-esteem, and even depression and anxiety. Stop comparing yourself to others for your inner peace and happiness.
Inference Let’s all pledge to make positive habits to be a part of our daily routine. Are you prepared to do so?