How to be happy is easy. Happiness looks different for everyone. Everyone has different meaning of happiness. Some find happiness when they are at peace , some find it when they are with secured network of friends and relatives who accept you unconditionally or some find it when their deepest dream is fulfilled.
Regardless of your version of true happiness, living a happier, more satisfied life is within reach. A few changes in our regular habits can help us to remain happy.
Today I am going to share with you some of daily habits which can bring happiness in your life
1. Give yourself permission.
Always give yourself permission to do what you desperately want to do like permission to be who you are, permission to laugh and cry, permission to do what you want to without thinking of other, permission to love and to be loved, permission to fulfill your dreams.
2. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Hold yourself with a “light hand.” Laugh at your fault with amusement. Always remember every failure comes with new sunshine. So whenever things get tough and stress arise always think what good you have got and what failure has taught you.
When things get tough or stress arises, lift your shoulders with an “oh well…” Know that it’s never as big or life devastating as your mind thinks.
Happy people always take things in lighter mood . They give a “Ha! Ha!” and a “So what? Who cares? Big Deal! Why not?” when met with resistances.
3. Don’t self-ruminate.
We should never ruminate ourself what ever the situation is. Happy people don’t fixate on themselves and their problems. They don’t over-analyze the issue and problems.
When they start to get stuck on a problem or in their head, they put their attention on something else.
4. Don’t compare.
Comparison has been compared to a little death. When we compare ourselves to others, we harm ourselves. Generally people compare with others on the things what they have not achieved in life and they really want to achieve. It is human nature. Make it a habit to look at your good quality and strengths when ever comparison comes in your mind.
Happy people know that they’re no better or less than another person. So be concerned with only how to do your best and best will come to you.
5. Make adjustments
We should always be flexible in life. Rigidity will always bring sadness. Making adjustments is part and parcel of life as things never turn out as we want. Second name of life is adjustment.
When something isn’t turning as we want we get stressed and depressed, our mood dips and we feel low then just fine-tune the energy in your body by making adjustments and be happy. Meditation, yoga, running, Walking or exercising can also help.
6. Choose uplifting friendships.
When we have friendships and conversations that are uplifting, supportive, and loving, with people interested in our betterment, we are on a faster track to our own enlightenment.
If you hang out with someone and don’t feel great afterward, see less of that person and seek out other friendships.
Know which friends increase your happiness and nurture those relationships.
7. Be less interested in being happy and more interested in your peace of mind.
I used to think happiness was about being totally ecstatic. In order to balance out my feelings of hopelessness and depression, it seemed natural that my goal would be to be maximally blissed.
But with all the highs there’s a low—we eventually come down from it.
Remember not to get attached to the highs and focus more on experiencing peaceful aliveness.
When your life is at peace, there’s a relaxed balance; and the chances of sustained happiness and contentment increases.
8. Use your senses.
As they say, the ordinary is extraordinary.
Happy people receive pleasure from enjoying the simple joys in life, and usually they’re connected to our senses. This subtle awareness creates significant moments of happiness.
I discovered the pleasures I receive in the:
- Warmth of a teacup in my hands on a cold winter day
- Taste of a square of dark chocolate melting on my tongue
- Dance music in my cycle class that wakes me up
- Smile of a stranger on the street
- Aroma of my favorite essential oil and when people say, “You smell so good!”
Continue to mark pleasant sense experiences in your mind and carry them throughout your day to increase your spirits.
9. Don’t make your intimate relationships the end-all-be-all.
I used to think the person I was in a relationship with was there to give me my happiness rather than increase it.
Happy people understand that those they are in relationship with are an “addition to,” not a completion of them. They live full lives so that at the end of the day they have so much more to share.
A loving reminder: Don’t rely on your partner to shift your moods, heal you, or fill your empty spaces. And remember it’s not your responsibility to do that for your partner either.
Support is an important part of relationship. We’re there on the bad days with compassion and a loving embrace. We’re there on the good days to cheer them on.
But mostly, we rely on ourselves to give that to ourselves. We trust that our partners can wrestle with their own demons. We offer space for them to discover their own happiness, while we focus on creating our own.
The practice of gratitude is one of the most important strategies for how to be happy. Gratitude is focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t Gratitude is about celebrating your life and being thankful for the joy you experience. Gratitude is associated with positivity, increased well-being and improved health.
11. Celebrate you
You are worth celebrating. You don’t have to wait for birthdays or holidays to celebrate. Build your self-confidence by recognizing and embracing your greatness. Congratulate yourself for your achievements – even the small ones. Use small wins to generate momentum. You will find it’s one of the smartest ways to be happy.
12. Eat with mood in mind
You already know that food choices have an impact on your overall physical health But some foods can also affect your state of mind.
- Carbohydrates release serotonin, a “feel good” hormone. Just keep simple carbs — foods high in sugar and starch — to a minimum, because that energy surge is short and you’ll crash. Complex cinarbs, such as vegetables, beans, and whole grains, are better.
- Lean meat, poultry, legumes, and dairy are high in protein. These foods release dopamine and norepinephrine, which boost energy and concentration.
- Highly processed or deep-fried foods tend to leave you feeling down. So will skipping meals.
Start by making one better food choice each day.
For example, swap a big, sweet breakfast pastry for some Greek yogurt with fruit. You’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth, and the protein will help you avoid a mid-morning energy crash. Try adding in a new food swap each week.
13. Be grateful
Simply being grateful can give your mood a big boost, among other benefits. For example, a recent two-part study found that practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on feelings of hope and happiness.
Start each day by acknowledging one thing you’re grateful for. You can do this while you’re brushing your teeth or just waiting for that snoozed alarm to go off.
As you go about your day, try to keep an eye out for pleasant things in your life. They can be big things, such as knowing that someone loves you or getting a well-deserved promotion.
But they can also be little things, such as a co-worker who offered you a cup of coffee or the neighbor who waved to you. Maybe even just the warmth of the sun on your skin.
With a little practice, you may even become more aware of all the positive things around you.
14. Give a compliment
Research shows that performing acts of kindness can help you feel more satisfied.
Giving a sincere compliment is a quick, easy way to brighten someone’s day while giving your own happiness a boost.
Catch the person’s eye and say it with a smile so they know you mean it. You might be surprised by how good it makes you feel.
If you want to offer someone a compliment on their physical appearance, make sure to do it in a respectful way. Here are some tips to get you started.