Happiness is a goal that most of us dream of attaining. Unfortunately, it is an elusive concept to most of us simply because we aren’t wired to be chirpy all the time. According to psychologists, small lifestyle changes can contribute to an overall increase in happiness in the long run.
However, striving to attain happiness is an ongoing process and does require a lot of introspection by the individual. Here are ten proven habits that help in raising your spirits in the long run:
You’ve probably heard this one a lot, but this is the most imperative habit to cultivate a positive environment for happiness in the long run. Focusing on things that make you happy for a couple of minutes thrice a day could help restructure your mindset.
Positive affirmations are perhaps the best way to stay positive. Choose a positive mantra for the day such as, ”I can accomplish everything that I set my mind to” or ”I am grateful and loved.” If and when things go south, firmly proclaim your positive acclamation and try to see it from a positive mindset.
Who said you couldn’t treat yourself to ice cream just because you showed up to work even though every cell of your body was exhausted or if you accomplished all the tasks on your to-do list for the day? Never forget to cheer yourself on, no matter how minuscule you consider the achievement. After all, you are your greatest fan!
Most of us have 9 to 5 jobs with manic routines and bustling schedules, but it is imperative to have a life beyond work. Pursue your favorite pottery class on the weekends, visit your college friend or simply cut away some time for yourself to work out, read or even play with your dog!
Ensuring that you create an efficient work-life balance will help reduce stress and help you perform better at work once you have a creative outlet.
How many of us try to achieve perfection in everything we do in our lives? We are certainly guilty of it! But we must digest that no matter how much we strive to be the best, our real focus should be on accepting that imperfection is a way of life.
Holding ourselves and others to standards of perfection is futile, and we are most likely to always feel let down. Accept your imperfections and appreciate the beauty in them.
It is a Herculean task to try and remain positive when we hate our jobs. Do you find yourself stuck in a body that is draining your life just because it pays the bills? As yourself, what you are truly passionate about and focus on building a career in a domain that gives you exponential satisfaction at the end of the day.
Are you familiar with the tale of an old lady helping a young boy, and when asked what could be given to her in return for her kindness, she simply told him to ”Pass it on?” True to the tale, being generous and giving back to others is one of the most fulfilling feelings. Be generous with your time, resources, or money, and experience the joy of making someone else happy.
Stop comparing yourself and your life to those of others. Start appreciating yourself what who you are grateful for yourself. Social media is notorious for making us feel incompetent after scrolling through our news feed only to find resentment and envy taking roots in us.
Instead of depending on the approval of others, simply be the best possible version of yourself and accept yourself. Ask yourself these pertinent questions: What makes you happy? What are you passionate about? Are you happy in your life?
Have you ever hung out with a dull person who seems so negative about everything, and at the end of it, you are left feeling bummed? Well, that’s perhaps because the most we confide our emotions and feelings with someone or simply share experiences with them, the more our behaviors synchronize with them. Surround yourself with people who make you happy, and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We all have the nostalgia that almost chokes us to tears when we go through an old photo album or watch our old prom video. Reminiscing nostalgic feelings of the past, especially happy ones, make us glad because of its positivity. It helps us to reconnect to feelings of love and fulfillment of the yesteryear and, in a way, serves as a reminder that life isn’t as bad as we somehow make it out to be.
One scientific study has proven that spending about 20 minutes outside in good weather contributes to an elevated mood and helps broaden thinking and improve the functioning of the working memory in the long run. Isn’t this great news for us? Twenty minutes is all it takes!
So there you have it, ten simple lifestyle habits that can help boost your spirits in the long run. Give it a try, and you will see your life change for the better.
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