If you are reading this, you probably want to be happier but you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or busy.
It is not surprising that many people struggle with unhappiness in the world of today. Because life is so fast-paced and so many things are happening, it quickly makes you feel tired and overwhelmed.
However, the good news is you can take active steps to achieve your own happiness and they are not as complicated as you might think. It only involves making a few simple adjustments to your daily routine, and we will look at 13 simple habits that you can incorporate.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is underrated in its power and there is a perception that sleeping equates to laziness. However, there is plenty of research that shows getting enough sleep is important to help you live a balanced life and a productive day since you do not struggle to stay alert.
Sleep has additional benefits as well, because it helps you in weight management and boosts your energy levels the following day.
2. Wake Up 15-30 mins Earlier
If you have trouble regarding snoozing, you might think this tip is useless for the most part. However, it makes sense when you pay attention to sleeping at least seven to nine hours every day plus you will not need to run around the following morning trying to get yourself in order on time. This will boost your attitude, and help to improve your alertness significantly.
Think about this: when was the last time you did a thorough cleaning of your space?
Many times, we tend to fill our desks, office spaces, and homes with things we do not require but it does long-term damage to your psychological, mental and physical well-being.
Removing clutter from your life is important because it helps you stay organized, and your mood improves drastically when you see things in order. The best thing is that it does not need to be overwhelming, and you can handle one area at a time.
4. Exercise More
When you exercise, your body releases Endorphins. This is usually called the ‘feel good’ chemical because it can boost your mood and make you feel happier. This is why runners experience the sensation called the runner’s high when they feel like they can keep on running forever.
This means that the more often you exercise, the better you will feel most of the time. This doesn’t have to be anything super strenuous. Something as simple as taking a brisk walk around your neighbourhood can do wonders for the spirit.
5. Learn A New Skill Or Activity
Even though this might sound counterintuitive when boosting happiness, it actually helps improve your well-being. When you learn something new, your mind is in a flow state and improves happiness levels. It also boosts your confidence, especially when you master the skill which helps you stay mentally sharp.
6. Move Away From Social Media
We live in a hyper-connected world, and social media helps us to know everything that is happening around us. That does not make it beneficial though, as studies prove that constant connection to social media interferes greatly with mental health.
Instead of going to your Instagram or Twitter feed during your downtime, use the chance to play a puzzle, read the newspaper, or listen to music or an interesting podcast. Find an activity you enjoy, and it will eventually help you become a better version of yourself.
7. Be Kind
The more generous you are, the more you improve your mental health according to many avenues of research. In fact, MRI technology that studies brain frequencies shows that random acts of kindness trigger the same regions of the brain that are stimulated by sex and food which is why giving back feels amazing.
You will always know when you touched someone’s life and made a positive impact on society. So find a cause you are interested in like visiting an orphanage, volunteering to take care of stray pets, or giving up your seat for an elderly person.
8. Spend Time With Happy People
Here is one fact of life, you will always pick up habits from the people you spend time with. If you want to be happy, spend time with positive people.
It will always help to lift your mood, increase your happiness levels, and give you a sense of achievement.
9. Avoid Gossiping
Gossiping never helps anyone it only leads to unhappiness and stress, even if it seems like a necessary release mechanism. The next time you are tempted to gossip about a coworker or friend, change that habit to speaking well of them. If you cannot find anything pleasant, then avoid talking about them entirely, or shift the conversation to something else.
10. Spend Time With People You Love
It is important to maintain physical interactions with friends and family, rather than just emails and phone calls. You will always feel better after you take the time to go out for lunch with a friend, or spending an afternoon with your family, there is nothing that compares to it, really.
11. Write A Journal
This can seem like a herculean task for many people, but it does not need to be complicated. You only need to commit to writing at least 50 words a day on anything that comes to mind.
It helps to increase your IQ, boosts your mindfulness about people and situations, and has a host of emotional benefits.
Even meditating for 5-10 minutes can boost your levels of inner awareness, and emotional well-being. It will prevent cases of anxiety and stress that are present in daily life, and assists you to achieve your goals.
13. Increasing Self-Care
Above all, you need to always take care of yourself and pay attention to your well-being. Always have an activity that brings you joy, and you will be surprised at how much happiness it gives you.
Increasing your happiness levels might seem like a complicated task, but it does not need to be. As long as you practice simple habits every day, you are on your way to boosting your own well-being and improving your mind and body.
Mich is a 38-year-old semi-professional sports person who enjoys extreme ironing, drone photography and ferret racing. She is fit and disciplined, has a degree in sports science and has a severe phobia of cats.