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17 Things You Should Do More Often for a Happier Life

17 Things You Should Do More Often for a Happier Life

A happier life really doesn’t have to be complicated. You are responsible for creating your happiness. Read on to learn 17 ways to create happiness daily.

1.Give Thanks

Give thanks first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night. When you become upset during the day or things are not going the way you planned, begin to give thanks for what is already going well in your day and your life.

2. Relax

We spend a lot of our time these days rushing around filling our days with meetings, tasks and stuff we need to do, and then we get stressed out and end up worn out or unwell. Make time to relax as often as you can; this will help you break away from the fast paced world and reconnect to your being. Your body will thank you.

3. Disconnect

Have you noticed that people are becoming more and more unsociable and even when they are around friends or family they have their heads stuck in a phone, tablet or other device? Then they wonder why they always feel isolated. It’s time we disconnect from technology and reconnect to other people, with nature or even ourselves.

4. Spend Time With Family and Friends

Spending quality time with your loved ones is necessary if you want a happier life. Sharing your love and company with people you care about can create great experiences, fun and laughter. They will be happier, too. Win-win!

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5. Practice Spirituality

The feeling of acceptance and a community of oneness could lead to a happier life for you. Studies have even shown that people are happier when they are involved in spiritual practices.

6. Write

Writing down your thoughts and worries on paper can release emotional tension, leaving you feeling happier. Putting your emotions on paper can also help the brain to regulate your emotions, leaving a sense of release. If you are going to try writing your thoughts, emotions, worries or concerns for the first time, do this alone in a quiet space to make the process more effective.

7. Pamper Yourself

Why can it be so difficult to treat ourselves once in a while? We have to force ourselves to break away and have a treat, and even when we do (if we do) there is a sense of guilt. Life is short and we are here to enjoy the experience. If you love treats, then treat and pamper yourself often.

8. Dress Up

Getting dressed up can give you a feeling of confidence and swag, allowing you to shine bright and radiate a positive energy wherever you go Dress up often as you like. How about every day?

9.  Laugh

Often. As the saying goes, “laughter is medicine”, and I believe this to be very true. Besides, happier people are lees likely to become ill. So take the time to laugh and create situations that will allow you to laugh, such like watching one of your favorite comedy films.

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    10. Be In The Moment

    Quit looking back at your past failures or worrying about what will happen in the future. Focus on what is happening right now. How do you feel right now? What can you hear? Spend more time being present and fully in the moment. This will eliminate all your worries and leave you feeling at peace. Give all your attention to your present moment and you will see miracles happen in your life.

    11. Forgive Someone

    Did you know that forgiving other people can actually make you happier? When you forgive, you no longer have anger towards the other person, which leaves you at peace with them and at peace with yourself.

    12. Sing and Dance

    You know this is fun, even if you can’t sing or dance!

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    13. Be Optimistic

    Always look for the good in a situation. There are lots of negative people around who talk about negative things, draining your energy and leaving you deflated. Next time you come across someone like this, look for the positive and say something like:

    “Well, at least {insert positive statement here}.”

    14. Acts of Kindness

    “Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Seneca

    Make the time to be kind to others, say kind words and do kind deeds. Your happier life depends on it.

    15. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

    Seriously.

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    16. Look After Yourself

    Start going to the gym or take up another activity like walking or biking to keep you fit and well. Try eating healthier food. By making small changes to look after yourself, will also have an impact on others around you — and they are likely to make changes in their own lives, too.

    Become passionate about the things you want to do in life. Always make the time to do them.

    17. Have a Goal

    This should go without saying. However, there are many people sleep walking through life who will let other people make decisions for them. They will always be frustrated and unhappy. If you are not working towards something, you are going backwards. Set yourself a goal today, whether for a career, fitness or spiritual goal and know that you have the capacity to follow through, because you are an amazing individual!

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    The Gentle Art of Saying No

    The Gentle Art of Saying No

    No!

    It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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    But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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    What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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    But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

    1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
    2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
    3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
    4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
    5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
    6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
    7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
    8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
    9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
    10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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