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Happiness -The key to abundance -10 happiness tips

Happiness -The key to abundance -10 happiness tips

It is often in our search for happiness that we find ourselves to be at our unhappiest. So many people equate happiness to material wealth, relationships and financial success. While many of us aspire to find love, success and abundance, if we are preoccupied with the search we may miss out on witnessing the many opportunities the universe presents us to fill ourselves and our lives with happiness.

If you think that the key to happiness lies in finding your soul mate or achieving fame and fortune, think again. The energy you waste, the enormous struggle that can accompany the waiting and the wanting, can often lead to great frustration and unhappiness. It is not how much you have, but how much you enjoy and celebrate the present that creates real happiness. If you let go of anxiety and uncertainty about the future and instead focus your attention on the now and all of the blessings that are currently in your life, you will discover enough happiness to fill your heart for a lifetime.

Happiness is good for your health and improves your quality of life. The energy associated with happiness raises your vibration, and when your energy is high, miracles can happen. Happiness creates a ripple effect. Positive energy is contagious; if you choose happiness, you will spread happiness.

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These 10 tips will help to fill your heart with happiness instantly:

1. Count your blessings

If you are surrounded by loved ones and are warm, healthy, and not hungry, acknowledge your blessings and give thanks. The source of happiness is love and peace.

2. Simplify life

What do you really need? We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. You can’t take your worldly possessions with you, so fill your life with experiences. Find joy in the simple things and let go of the things that weigh heavy on your heart.

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3. Find what lifts you up

You might feel exhilarated when you run, dance, hike, paint, sing, meditate. Whatever is good for your soul, do more of that!

4. Connect with people who are happy

Both positive and negative energy is contagious, so choose to surround yourself with people who bring real happiness into your life. Spending too much time with people who drain you for all the wrong reasons will deplete your valuable energy. Make a concerted effort to share space with people who are happy and are willing to spread joy freely.

5. Let go of what your life should look like

Nothing good ever comes from comparing your life to anyone else’s. Whether we are comparing the size of our houses, our finances, physical features or any number of measurable and even unmeasurable things, so many of us are guilty of doing it. Your life is yours. It is your journey; focusing your energy on all that is wonderful in your world is a much better way to create a happy life. How your life measures up against others holds absolutely no importance.

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6. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness improves our health; it reduces stress levels and helps us feel more relaxed. It involves us bringing our attention to the here and now. Mindfulness is about really connecting with ourselves and appreciating the sheer joy of every moment. It is a profound way to experience happiness.

7. Be yourself

Sometimes you just need to realize that you don’t have to become a different person to change your life. You actually just need to be yourself. You were born to be real. Believe in yourself. You are your own source of happiness.

8. A positive mindset

The power of a positive mindset can quite literally change your life. Make it a habit to practice positivity. Ask yourself “What kind of day am I going to have?” Are you going to have a good day or a great day? You create your mindset for the whole day by making a choice. By choosing to have an amazing day, you will flood your whole body, mind and spirit with happiness.

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9. Happiness comes from giving

Invest some time and energy and give generously from your ability to be kind. Kindness and generosity of spirit will literally open up the floodgates to happiness. Don’t believe me? I promise you it will change your life and the lives of so many around you. Give from your heart. It will fill you up like nothing else you have ever experienced. The kind of energy associated with giving from the heart generates pure happiness.

10. Nourish your mind body and spirit

Invest in your own wellness and practice self-care daily. We all need to nurture ourselves emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. Feeling well and healthy naturally supports happiness.You have to take ownership of your journey, whether that be with your diet, your overall wellness, your fitness or just life in general. Self-care and making better choices in all areas of your wellness is empowering. If you want to feel real happiness, real joy, real energy, then take care of you.

It is your birth right to be happy. You deserve to be happy and, quite literally, you can choose to be happy. There is always something to be happy about, even in our darkest of moments. We can always choose to look for the light. Right now, find something to be happy about. This is the very first step in ensuring that you participate in the sheer joy of happiness.

Today, I choose happiness.

Featured photo credit: Eflon via flickr.com

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Jo Ettles is a published self help author, international writer, speaker and extremely gifted intuitive life coach.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system”.

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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The power of habit

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being six hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The wonderful thing about triggers (reminders)

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to make a reminder works for you

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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