The concept of
happiness can be mistaken as a single state of being that we all
should strive to attain; and once we reach it, we will feel ultimate
bliss. But what many don’t realize is that happiness is more about
the journey than the destination. Often times, we fanaticize about a
distant time in the future when we will feel better or being in a
happier state of mind. But finding happiness is something we must
work on every single day. And once we feel happier, it’s essential
to keep up these happiness tactics to maintain our joy. If you are
looking to transform your thoughts about happiness and feel better
too, check out these 8 daily habits that will make you happier.
It may sound cliché,
but the golden rule, “treat others the way you’d like to be
treated,” is as good for you as it is for everyone else. Not only
are you putting out good actions that will come back to you, but
doing nice things for others can often bring you pure, authentic joy.
It is proven that
staying in motion is great for your body, mind and spirit. If you
feel good about your body, and if it is functioning properly, you’ll
have a good foundation for a healthy, happy mind as well.
Being in a constant
rush to drive to the next destination, finish the next project, or
help the next family member can put us in a constant state of
anxiety, disarray and restlessness. Give yourself a chance to rest by
pumping the brakes throughout the day.
Take mini-vacays on a regular basis.
Don’t save your
best times for holidays and vacations. Many of us wear ourselves out
and forget to even think happy thoughts, unless it’s a special
occasion. You are selling yourself short if you don’t find a reason
to celebrate your life amid the everyday hustle.
Wake up earlier.
Another way to carve
out some time to practice your happiness is to get up earlier in the
morning. Start off with just 15 minute increments, and eventually you
will hours of extra time to yourself you never thought you could
squeeze out of your day.
Stop wasting your
money on stuff.
Retail therapy is a
real-life saver at times, but buying material things will only give
you a brief and short-lived endorphin kick. Not spending frivolously
will help you save money for other important things, as well as save
you the headache of eventual buyer’s remorse.
Get out in
Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can chemically change
your mood. The power of nature can heal and revitalize, encouraging
more focus on natural beauty and happier thinking
as much as possible.
Like the golden rule mentioned earlier, forgiveness is more for you than the other person. Whether you knowingly realize it, holding a grudge takes a lot out of you and ends up hurting you more than the person you are upset with. Letting go of built up anger, resentment or stress can lift a huge weight off your shoulders. In turn, you can feel happier and more hopeful.