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Last Updated on October 25, 2021

How to Live a Happy Life: 10 Keys to Happiness

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How to Live a Happy Life: 10 Keys to Happiness

The truth is we have all had our share of bad days. Some days, we just want to curl up in a ball and try to hide from the world. At other times, it feels like this sadness is taking over your entire being, and you go through each day struggling from one moment to the next. But that doesn’t have to be you anymore. You can learn how to live a happy life.

When you’re happy, it feels like there’s nothing you can’t accomplish, not to mention how relaxed you would feel without the constant thoughts of pain plaguing your mind. Before you’re done reading this, you will have discovered the ultimate tips on how to live a happy life. I am not expecting you to get it right immediately. It’s always best to trust the process and see this as a marathon, not a sprint.

Enjoy the journey to live a happy life as much as you can. Here are ten keys to happiness and fulfillment in life.

1. Let Go of Grudges

Do you know how much mental and physical energy it takes to hold on to a grudge? To get a little idea of this, try to empty your mind of your anger towards people who have hurt you. Do this for only a few seconds, and you’ll be able to tell that there’s a massive difference in how you feel.

Grudges are heavy and rob you of happiness. Sure, you will always get hurt by some people, with some being so terrible that it’s not so easy to forgive and forget. However, you would have to learn how to let go of this no matter what. That doesn’t mean that you have to be friends with everyone, especially those who are a threat to you. It only means that you shouldn’t hang on to the grudge in your heart so much that it weighs you down. Instead, focus on the possibility of having a much brighter future.

2. Pay Attention to What Goes Into Your Body

Pizza today, take outs tomorrow—rinse and repeat. What goes into your body is a vital aspect of your existence. Your body can only function optimally when you pay more attention to what you consume. You rarely see someone who is terribly sick and truly happy. The weight of sickness makes your body weak and even messes with you mentally.

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You can avoid this as much as possible by eating right. Don’t become addicted to fast food, even if you’re always on the go. Instead, work out a schedule that helps you incorporate mealtimes into your day. Start each day with a glass of water. This age-old practice has been proven to help the body get rid of toxins with many other benefits.[1]

To make sure that you’re actually committed to eating healthy, create a realistic meal plan, buy the necessary groceries, and make sure you keep to it as much as possible. You’ll definitely feel better mentally and physically. At least, you’ll be going through life with a balanced diet instead of being malnourished.

3. Work Out More

Apart from paying more attention to what goes into your mouth and nourishes your body, exercise does wonders for the body and, of course, helps in keeping you happy. Every time you work out, the body releases endorphins that make you feel good.[2] Of course, it doesn’t hurt to stay fit, especially in today’s fast-paced world.

Think about the last time you worked out and how it made you feel. There’s the fatigue that is inevitable after hours of strenuous activities. But there was also something else there—a weird feeling of satisfaction like you just did something amazing with yourself. That’s the endorphin at work.

Exercising at the gym is also a great way to socialize and meet new people. You don’t even have to sweat it because it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets a little bit more familiar with each other. You can live a happy life by helping your body stay satisfied. If you’re not a fan of gyms, then check out a few sports that are fun, even if it’s shooting hoops or kicking a ball around. Just get into physical activity.

4. Do More of What You Love

What are those activities that make you absolutely content and peaceful? There will always be something that lights you up from the inside out and encourages you to look forward to another day. Find it and hang onto it as much as possible. Whether it’s going for a swim, writing, or reading a book, be more engaged in those things you love.

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Feeling happy while doing what you love is as natural as breathing. It’s something that genuinely fills you with joy and is much better than forcing yourself to do what you don’t like. You can even explore outside those activities that you already know you love. You’ll be surprised at the gems you’ll uncover on your way to living a happier life.

5. Practice Gratitude

While we may find ourselves paying more attention to our bad situations, it’s always much better to remember to acknowledge the good times as well. It doesn’t have to be something complicated, but you can look around to see the pleasure in the simple things. We all have our troubles, and some are so heavy that it makes it seem like our world is literally over.

It may seem like there’s no solution in sight. One of the major keys to happiness is paying more attention to those things we have that we take for granted. Think about those simple things that you should be thankful for. Is it the fact that you can afford your rent and meals or even nature? Show more appreciation for what you have, and you’ll start to feel much happier.

6. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Many people waltz through life like they are competing with others, which stops them from feeling truly fulfilled. You start to think that you can never be enough, and this dissatisfaction is definitely not bringing a smile to your face. The only person you should compare yourself to is your previous version. That will actually let you know if you’re doing much better or have been on the same spot for a while.

Need to live a much happier life? You’ll have to stop comparing your life to others. You can’t achieve true satisfaction when you’re always trying to mirror others. See someone who loves to travel around the world? Suddenly, you’re interested in doing that as well, even though you’re terrified of flying and constantly uncomfortable when you leave your comfort zone. That’s just you trying to achieve someone else’s goals and dreams, not yours. Live at your own pace, knowing exactly what you want.

7. Don’t Be a Loner

Of course, it’s okay to enjoy your company every once in a while. Some alone time is necessary to meditate and actually listen to yourself. However, this is much different from being a loner. Even if you don’t enjoy being surrounded by many people, you can make the best of this by finding an excellent spot that doesn’t choke you up so much. It could be a quiet space at the park where you get to engage in a little people watching.

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An even better idea is to hang out more with the people that matter to you. Bonding with your loved ones helps you realize that there are still people out there who genuinely care about you. Whether it’s planning an adventurous day out with your friends or just simply talking with them, it’s much better than spending every single day cooped up indoors all by yourself. Laugh freely.

8. Don’t Live Based on the Expectations of Others

What do you want to make out of your life? Your expectations should matter, and you shouldn’t base this on the standards of others. I am simply saying that you should live your life based on your standards. Are you eagerly chasing a Master’s degree because it brings you fulfillment, or it’s just something others expect you to have at that stage of your life? Did you buy a car because you actually need it or because everyone thinks you should have one?

The answers to these questions will help you find out if you’re living for yourself or others. You can’t be truly happy if you’re not engaged in those things that you want because you’re letting others dictate what you want. People will always have opinions, so it’s pointless to always try to satisfy them. Your expectations matter, so focus on yourself more. Don’t go through life trying to meet up to the standards of others, and you’ll be happier for it.

9. Spend Less Time on Social Media

Social media is a bubble. You only get to see carefully filtered pictures of happy moments and little to nothing about the bad stuff. Does that mean that everyone is living a perfect life? Absolutely not. But nobody wants to show the world that behind the beautiful vacation picture with their friends all smiling are hours of constant arguments.

If you spend a lot of time on social media and start to let it pressure you into thinking you’re not living a good life, that’s a ticket to the land of sadness and frustration. Limit your time on social media, so you don’t get pressured to live up to everyone else in the world. The more time you spend on the internet, the higher the chances of being unsatisfied with your life. Stay connected with your loved ones and have the occasional fun with your online strangers, but don’t let this keep you from the real world.

10. Get Rid of Negative Emotions With Affirmations and Music

What do you do when negative thoughts come creeping into your mind? It’s inevitable that this will happen once in a while, but your response to these thoughts will determine if you get to live a happy life.

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An excellent way to respond to negative thoughts is through words of affirmations. When you practice positive self-affirmation, it helps in increasing your feelings of self-worth. You can start each day with words of affirmation. Stand in front of your mirror and repeat sentences like, “I am living my best life” or “I will have an amazing day.”

If you’re finding it challenging to come up with words of affirmations on the spot, then write them out the night before. Write at least five positive affirmations that resonate a lot with you and repeat them first thing in the morning. Make it even better by repeating them just before you sleep at night. With this, you’re programming your subconscious to welcome positive thoughts more, boosting your self-esteem.

Apart from positive affirmations, keep negative thoughts in check with music. Experts suggest that music is excellent for increasing positive emotions, alleviating anxiety, and reducing pain.[3] Of course, we’re not talking about just any music. Think about your favorite kind of music, and you can even create different playlists. Since music is heavily linked to our emotions, you can put them to good use, especially in getting anxiety to leave your body.

Get out your headphones, pick your favorite songs, and sing as loud as you can to let off some steam. It’s not a bad idea to have fun while at it. You’ll be surprised about how happy this makes you feel.

Final Thoughts

Are you still thinking that you don’t have what it takes to live a happy life? It’s time to change your mind. These are the ultimate keys to happiness. Living a happy life is not out of reach. You have to believe that for these tips to work. If you go in doubting that any of this will work, then you’re working against yourself already. So, take a deep breath and get started on these tips that will help you live a happy life.

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