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5 Ways To Bring Happiness and Fulfillment Into Your Life

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5 Ways To Bring Happiness and Fulfillment Into Your Life

The purpose of our entire life could be summed up into one accurate word — happiness. Why you’ve not found happiness may be unexplainable, but finding and unlocking the secret to true and lasting happiness is a duty we all owe ourselves. According to research, only one in three Americans say they are very happy.

Fulfillment in life will always bring happiness, but how do you attain fulfillment? This article will be sharing ways to stay happy and fulfilled.

1. Remind yourself of things that make you happy

For many of us, some of the things and people in our lives are what makes us happy. It could be the smile on the face of a loved one or the conversations you have with your significant other. This makes it possible for you to look within your circle to find the happiness that you seek. Reminding yourself that you have these beautiful people in your life will keep you fulfilled when you’re experiencing depression and letdown. Depression particularly depletes your energy and focus – leading many people to make mistakes that often cost them their loved ones.

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“Depressed drivers are most prone to road accidents,” says Jimmy Doan, a Houston accident truck lawyer. He has handled a lot of cases involving truck accidents (the accident type that takes the most lives on American roads), and he believes depression is one of the leading causes of accidents involving truck drivers.

Being able to find a way to fight depression and keep your mood light always will help you avoid a lot of human-errors and stay fulfilled. Keeping your mind on the joy that your loved ones bring you is certainly one of the best ways to stay happy and fulfilled.

2. Keep your focus on your life goals

People often get depressed when they stop focusing on their main goals and let distractions occupy their minds. Realizing that you can achieve your goals and make whatever dream you set your mind on become a reality, will help you stay fulfilled.

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Experts recommend celebrating every little wins on your way to success. This means you should stop beating yourself up whenever you think you’ve not achieved your goals, but to take time and celebrate the small steps you’ve successfully completed. Keeping your focus on your life goals and celebrating every little win will help you stay happier and fulfilled.

3. Only spend time with people that make your happy

The people we surround ourselves with can impact our mood significantly. This means you have to cut off communications with those that constantly let you down by injecting negativity into your life.

It’s true that you can’t make everybody happy. That said, you can’t be friends with everyone either. Only spend time with those people in your life that go out of their way to make you happy, and you’ll see how much your mood improves. Spending time with positive minded people is key to fulfillment and happiness.

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4. Seek the happiness of others

When we go out of our way to make others happy, the positive effect rubs off on us. According to a Harvard research, doing things that make other people happy such as spending money on them will always have a positive effect on our happiness.

Just make time out of your day and take someone out for a cup of coffee. This will have more impact on your entire day than you imagine.

5. Stop taking yourself too seriously

Do you often find that you criticize yourself too much? We’re humans and that means we will make a couple of mistakes every now and then. That doesn’t mean you should spend time wishing you had done things differently. Rather look at the fun side of it and make fun of yourself. Not taking yourself too seriously can help you fight stress and keep you in a lighter mood.

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Staying happy and fulfilled always is not out of reach for anyone. We only need to discover the things we could do to help us stay happy and spend more time doing these things.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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