Daily happiness habits are, very simply, habits that contribute positively to your overall health and wellbeing. Happiness and contentment are products of living a fulfilled and meaningful life. So are you happy every day?
Knowing you should be happy every day is a given. But how do you get there? What is your purpose here? And is this a club reserved for the lucky few?
The answer to all of these questions is the same: it’s easier than you think! It’s available to everyone. You just have to want it, push boundaries and push through your fears.
Are you living your happiest life?
We have been conditioned since birth to conform and fit in, but what if conforming and fitting in is not what you are here to do? What if you are meant to live an extraordinary life doing what you love. An extraordinary life is very simply living with purpose and passion and if you are not there yet don’t worry, the journey is as important as the promised land. In fact, the journey is probably more important because it’s where your true personal growth and potential really happens.
Most people stop learning, growing and evolving at various stages throughout their lives. For some this can be when they leave school, college, get a job, buy a home or get married and have children.
Life tricks us into thinking that once we have achieved something we can sit back with our feet up and just enjoy the ride. WRONG: Treating and thinking about life this way can be our biggest obstacle to true happiness and contentment in life. As human beings we must never stop learning and growing. We are learning until the day we die. No one has it all figured out yet and life is meant to be a journey where we constantly evolve and grow.
Are you still learning?
When you stop learning and personally growing there is a risk that you will become stagnant and, if this happens, you will start to blame the world and the people in it for all your problems. Life will start to happen to you and not the other way round. Relationships will become difficult, your job will become a chore and family life and life in general can leave you feeling dissatisfied and frustrated.
When I talk about true wellness I don’t just mean great food and exercise. Yes they are incredibly important but it’s also important to nourish yourself with kind words and actions. Keeping stress low, taking time for yourself and practicing some form of meditation and mindfulness can help with this by helping you to connect to your true self enabling you to quiet the mind enough to listen, learn and grow.
Practicing gratitude daily is also one of the most important daily happiness habits that everyone can benefit from. We are all moving too fast and too often we feel frustrated, ungrateful, sad, lonely and anxious. It’s easy to focus on the negative things that happen and obsess about them and talk about them all day. But this does nothing but bring more of that feeling and experience your way. Instead, try and start the day with gratitude by writing down three things you are grateful for and why. No matter what happens in our lives there is always hope and always something to be grateful for. A lovely way to end your day is to scan through it and pick the one thing you are most grateful for.
Can you change your habits?
Changing your habits doesn’t need to become a chore instead try and view it as gifting yourself a life of freedom and peace instead of stress and chaos. As you peel off the old layers that does’t fit you anymore you’ll be ready for your new layers and when the time is right they will fit you perfectly just like a second skin.
Once you begin to break the cycle and there is great freedom out the other side. Write yourself a prescription for life. Mine goes something like this:
- Practise gratitude
- Eat great food
- Hug my son
- Have fun with friends
- Move your body
- Read every day
- Keep learning
- Travel often
- Laugh and love fearlessly
- Breathe and check in regularly
Your prescription will change as you learn and grow but thats the beauty of life. Change occurs every second of every minute of every day. It’s the only thing we are certain of yet the one thing we fear the most. Embrace change, embrace life and embrace yourself and watch life reward you with miracles every day.
Is the attitude of gratitude something you need to embrace?