Would you like to be happy with your life against any circumstances and surroundings?
What a heavy subject, and like every complicated matter, it’s got to start with a massive eye-opening commitment for happiness and it is this:
If you want to be happy you have the choice to be happy and content.
If you would like to be happy you have to know that happiness is not discovered, rather it is developed, created, and appointed!
You’re not achieving joy by having a perfect job, car, and house… Rather you are choosing to wake up and embrace what you have by constructing a healthy life all on your very own.
So to help you do just that, here are 8 clever and realistic ways to be much happier with your life starting today!
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1. Choose happiness first
Like anything, happiness is chosen and then it is generated; therefore the first step you need to do to start feeling in control of your happiness is to devote your every being to choosing to be happy first.
It’s not the easiest route, you’re going to have to let stuff pass, not let anything get to you or under your skin and you’re going to have to stop being the victim.
And that all entails fighting the urge to be either pessimistic or negative in the times when those seem like the best option.
Remember that happiness is a serious commitment almost like all loving relationships. You have to take every opportunity to value it like a loving partner, so it can have space to develop into something beautiful that you can call your own.
2. Exercise for at the very least 5 minutes
Activity impacts our health and well-being, so deeply, that it is the most effective method for fighting depression and defeating a bad mood.
Nevertheless, you don’t need to be depressed or in a bad mood to gain from exercising.
According to lifehack.org, exercise will help calm your mind, raise your mental energy, and even strengthen your self-image. And it pays to know that our self-image plays a vital role in how happy we are as a whole.
A healthy self-image has both the talent and ability to improve our physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and mental quality of life. Those are a lot of gains!
Grab some weights, take a stroll, do some unique workouts at home if you can because this will add to your happiness right now if you start working out today.
3. Get outside
Research has said it many times before, that it’s extremely important to make time to get outdoors even if it’s just for a short five minutes.
That just breathing the fresh air outside will allow anyone to feel happier, less anxious, more innovative, and more connected with civilization.
This study over at businessinsider.com proves that walking outside can improve blood pressure, boost mental health, and even decrease cancer risk.
Plus, spending good quality time outside is one of the quickest ways of improving your health and happiness, particularly if you choose to walk in green spaces.
Are you sleeping too little? Do you have a sleep cycle that is all out of sorts? And do you wake up at all different hours?
According to apa.org, mental health professionals have argued for years that one of the most substantial and ignored public health issues that many American adults suffer from still to this day is being severely sleep-deprived.
Furthermore, the study says that how well and how long you’re sleeping will affect how you feel once you wake up.
That sleeping too long can bring on more fatigue and that not sleeping enough can make you feel exhausted.
So it’s best to figure out how much you need and try to make that your daily commitment. Sleep experts suggest that getting an extra 60-90 minutes of sleep each night that falls between 7 and 9 hours will really help you feel happier in terms of health and balance.
5. Stay connected
Heaps of research suggest that social connections just make people happier.
That satisfying relationships not only make people happy, but they are also associated with better health and even longer life.
Plus, staying connected will just make you feel good and will help you get through those long and tough days with a lasting smile on your face.
Remember, these are the people that always leave you with a heartfelt good feeling long after you talk with them. Stick with those and you are well on your way to feeling much happier.
6. Ditch toxic people
The sad truth is that we all have negative people in our lives and staying connected to them can be really easy if our options are limited or if we lack the self-esteem to change it.
In fact, you should learn how to avoid and ditch toxic people altogether!
All in all, negative people may not be entirely harmful to you but toxic people are always harmful. And it’s good to know the difference between the two so you can walk away from anyone that promotes negative feelings from within.
7. Don’t isolate yourself
Isolation can start from leaving a group of friends, moving cities, or just growing apart.
But isolation also has a sneaky friend and it’s called… FEAR!
So here’s something to think about…
Know that fear is the backbone of isolation. That isolation will strip you of happiness, it will steal your joy and it will most likely cause you to suffer from deep depression if you let it.
And sadly, if you are choosing to isolate yourself that could be your defense mechanism.
Maybe the fear of a bad relationship from repeating itself? Maybe the fear of failing so why even try?
Once you start recognizing that fear is stripping you of your daily joy, you’ll become aware of it. And once you are aware of it that means — you can change it!
So what are you afraid of? What can you do differently to change or change for the better if fear wasn’t in its place?
8. Show Gratitude for Your Life
Right now truly is the right time to start paying homage to the greatness that is your life already. That everything that you already have shouldn’t get overlooked.
Your life is extremely fortunate and you have value.
We can all sit down and decide that we’re going to suffer, state that we are being mistreated because of our failures — but look around you!
You’ve got indoor plumbing, on request medical services (if you need it), hopefully, enough money to live and people around you that care about you.
You already have more than enough than you are choosing.
Don’t get wrapped up in things you can’t afford and don’t take what you already have — for granted!
If you walk the path of gratitude, your gratitude will show the life you already have the respect it’s been neglected.
And that respect has the power to multiply because you will be matching the frequency of its appreciation to allow for more.
That’s how happiness is truly cultivated.
Happiness is not that far away and you can be more fulfilled.
It just takes choosing to be willing to let go of the blueprint that you have made up for yourself and appreciating life just a little bit more with what you already have right now.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!