When thinking of happiness and being happy, it’s easy to go on to think about the moments and things that brought laughter and joy–but what is it that can bring us to this place?
The concept of happiness is such an individual thing, unique to each person, but there are a few universal habits of the truly happy.
Here are a few of them.
Stay Busy-Not Rushed
Yes, this is much easier said than done, but listen. People feeling ‘rushed’ is a sure set way to add stress, anxiety, and unhappiness to the day-to-day. However, being just busy enough can bring feelings of happiness.
People enjoy being productive, but being happy is about having the right level of activity can bring a sense of satisfaction to somebody’s day. Being bored is a burden, and can often lead to people feeling depressed– it’s important to find balance. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to things if you’re tired.
Busy week ahead? Take some time out for self-care and relaxation to ease yourself in and become prepared.
If you’re bad at deciding what to say ‘no’ to, then aside from everyday responsibilities, if the response isn’t ‘HELL YESS!!!; that’s a ‘no’, this time.
Have Few Close Relationships- and Be Intentional
Let’s face it, we’re not in school anymore. While it was easier to stay in touch with our friends back then, now- with life, work, family, hobbies, etc- it’s hard to be able to make time for friends, too.
Relationships with others are probably the most important things when it comes to overall happiness and life satisfaction. They give us the opportunity to think outside of ourselves, as well as them getting to know you-perhaps better than you know yourself, to navigate you through the challenges of life.
This all sounds lovely, right? It is! If you intentionally check in with your friends.
Social media makes it easy to think you’re staying in contact with a friend, but far from knowing what they ate for dinner, it’s important to ask about the real stuff, too. Even a quick text to check in on a friend can maintain a healthy relationship- then when you do meet up, you have more time to talk about the BIG stuff, like who bought a new Mercedes and who else got engaged from your social media friends list.
Change Your Perspective
We’re always told to believe in ourselves and make the best of what we have. Cheesy, yes, but there may be more to those statements than you might think.
Taking the time to list 3 good things about the day-no matter how good or bad, can change your perspective and improve overall happiness. Being grateful for the things, people, experiences is a sure way to practice encouraging those positive vibes.
Far too often, the bad things in life take up too much room in our minds and can cause us to think negatively. It’s easy to let that happen- instead try to intentionally think of the good things that life can bring.
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