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Last week I published a post all about the 10 habits you should stop doing if you want to be a happier person (check it out here). This week I want to flip it around and talk about the 10 habits you should start doing if you want to be a happier person.
So, today I am going to give you 10 easy to implement habits / changes that you can make in your life to increase your happiness while also bettering yourself and your life.
Let’s jump right in!
9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier
1 | Self Awareness / Self Reflection
Self reflection is a big part of self-improvement, and I also believe it has a big impact on happiness. Part of being happy is figuring out what will / does make us happy. Getting to know yourself through self-reflection and achieving more self-awareness allows you to figure out your likes and dislikes, what you are good at, what you need to feel good, how you are motivated, what you would like to change about yourself, and what you love about yourself, etc.
Knowing all of these things will help you achieve happiness. Maybe you realize through self-reflection that you are more introverted and are happier at home with a book than you are at a social event. So you stop forcing yourself to go out every weekend and let yourself be okay with staying in, because that is what you enjoy. Or, maybe you realize that you have certain personality traits that are interfering with your happiness, such as being too passive or worrying too much what others think.
Once you become more self-aware, you can move forward in making positive changes and becoming a better version of yourself. This can have a huge impact on your happiness.
2 | Practicing Gratitude
I believe we cannot be truly happy without gratitude. Something that all happy people have in common is that they are grateful for what they have in their life. They don’t dwell on what they don’t have, or constantly think their lives could be a little better if they just had “xyz”. They let go of that “grass is always greener” mentality and adopt the “grass is greener where you water it” mentality instead.
Incorporating gratitude into your life can be as simple as thinking of, or writing down, a few things each day that you are grateful for. Doing this on a regular basis reminds you of all the great things in your life. It allows us to be realistic on our bad days by focusing on the good, and realizing that even though we may have had a bad day, we still have so much to be thankful for.
Gratitude helps us have a positive mindset and let go of any negativity that could impact our happiness.
Related Reading: 15 Ways Gratitude Improves Your Life
3 | Having an Open Mind
Being open to life and everything it has to offer is a big part of being happy and bettering yourself. While it is definitely important to have core values, it is also important to be open to change and discovering new things. Being open and allowing yourself to be curious of new things is how you grow as a person. You will be happier if you allow yourself to be open to life experiences and everything it has to offer.
4 | Making Time for Self Care
Self care is one of the easiest things to push to the side when we are busy. It is also one of the most important things to make sure we fit in when were busy.
For me, self-care is as easy as having some alone time, some snacks, and a good movie. I need down time to function, and trust me, I notice my mood and happiness declining when I do not fit in that down time.
Whatever form of self-care you need in your life, make the time for it. It is not selfish, and it should not be at the bottom of your priority list. It is necessary and should be a priority in your life, always.
5 | Focusing on the Positive
Positive people have the ability to seek the positive in life and overcome the negative. When we train ourselves to recognize negative thoughts or moods, and seek out the positive or the “silver linings” in life, we become happier and more grateful. If we constantly focus on negatives in life, we will feel negative and unhappy. BUT if we look for the positives, even when it’s difficult, we will feel happier and more grateful.
6 | Using Positive Affirmations
Be nice to yourself. Speak positively to yourself daily by using positive affirmations. Happiness is hard to come by if you are not happy with yourself, and to be happy with yourself you need to take hold of your self-love and kick negative self talk to the curb.
Everyday say 3 positive things about yourself out loud. Eventually, you will begin to believe these things and feel great about yourself.
7 | Being More Organized or Creating Routine
Creating a routine in your life also creates balance and allows you to create/make time for the things that you love. When we lack organization and routine, our days and weeks can be all over the place, which can cause chaos. When we lack routine and organization, we often forget the make time for our hobbies and passions. Having a routine allows us to make the most of our time and prioritize what is important to us. And, by finding time for the things that are important to us, we increase our happiness, because part of being happy is doing the things you love.
8 | Letting Go of the Past
So, unfortunately we cannot change the past. I’m sure I am not alone in wishing I could go back and change one or two things from my past. We have all had that horrible relationship, that embarrassing moment, or that wrong decision, but guess what, we can’t do anything about! BUT, What we can do is look at it as a wonderful life lesson, and then carry on with our lives.
I like to look at my whole life as a journey with certain experiences pushing me toward exactly where I am supposed to be. Sure I made some wrong turns, and there were some pit stops along the way I probably could have done without, but ultimately I ended up here, and right now, I am okay with that. Through my mistakes, I have learned some very valuable life lessons, so I’ll take it.
Don’t get caught up in dwelling on something you can’t change, because It will have absolutely no positive impact on your life. Instead, use your past as a form of reflection, learn from it, and move forward as a wiser person with more experience, into the next chapter of your life.
9 | Being Accountable for Your Actions
Often times, when we are faced with a mistake or a conflict, we immediately look for someone else to blame. For example, you are 10 minutes late and your manager confronts you. Instead of just accepting the fact that you were late and apologizing, you start with the excuses about the driver in front of you and the traffic, when in reality you actually left too late. Or, maybe you started a new healthy eating plan and you tell your friends about it. Then a couple of days later they invite you out for appetizers and drinks. You decide to go, and you indulge.Later you are feeling guilty about over-indulging and straying from your healthy eating plan, and you blame your friends for not being supportive. But, in reality they probably forgot all about your new eating plan AND it was ultimately your choice to go and indulge in the first place.
We often deflect blame on to others to make ourselves feel better or to pull the attention away from ourselves, but what is that really accomplishing? Until we realize that our choices will always be just that, OUR choices, it will be hard to make any real progress or positive changes in life.
Sometimes just accepting our mistakes and choosing to learn from them, instead of denying they ever happen, is the best thing we can do. Taking responsibility for our own actions helps us grow and improve, and it helps us become more self-aware, which can ultimately improve our happiness.
So, there you have it! Part two of the two-part post all about creating a happier life. Make sure you check out part one if you missed it! You can find it here: How to Be Happier: 10 Habits You Need to Quit to Live a Happier Life
What other habits are important for achieving more happiness in your life? Let me know in the comments below!