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  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial, 29 Apr 2022, 16:03 IST

10 Daily Habits To Help You Live A Happier Life

You must have hear already that happiness is a journey, not a destination. It's time to live by this approach.
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  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial, 29 Apr 2022, 16:03 IST
daily habits to be happy

Modern civilization has conditioned us to believe that happiness is a destination we reach: the promotion that will wash away all our difficulties, the new car that will make us happy, the freedom we will get by quitting a 9–5 job. So we now live with the notion that "if X happens, I'll be happy."

 

Happiness is a deep-rooted sense of contentment that you take with yourself everywhere you go — and you get to decide whether or not to water it every morning when you get up.

Happiness can be found right now.

If you don't recognise this emotion and keep chasing the great elusive fantasy of a distant happy future, you'll never experience the self-worth and fulfilment that may be discovered in the present now.

1Smile

smile more

When you're joyful, you tend to smile. However, it is a two-way street.

We smile because we are pleased, and smiling leads the brain to produce dopamine, making us even happier.

That doesn't mean you have to walk around with a phoney smile on your face all the time. But the next time you're feeling down, try smiling and see what happens. Alternatively, try starting each day by smiling at yourself in the mirror.

2Exercise

exercise

Exercise is beneficial to more than just your physical health. Regular exercise can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms while also enhancing self-esteem and enjoyment.

Even a small amount of physical activity can have a significant impact. You don't have to train for a triathlon or scale a cliff to be happy - unless, of course, that's what makes you happy.

The key is not to overexert yourself. If you force yourself into a tough schedule, you will most likely become frustrated (and sore).

3Sleep

sleep

When you don't get enough quality sleep, your energy, attention, and memory all suffer. Even in the absence of a stressor, sleep loss elevates stress hormone levels. 

Sleep is important to happy individuals because it helps them feel good, and they know how bad they feel when they don't get enough sleep.

4Gratitude

gratitude

Gratitude is strongly and reliably connected with higher happiness in positive psychology research. Gratitude helps individuals in feeling more pleasant emotions, appreciating wonderful experiences, improving their health, dealing with hardship, and developing strong connections.

5Breathing

Breathing

You're tense, your shoulders are stiff, and you're afraid you're going to "lose it." That's a sensation we've all had.

To calm yourself down, instinct may urge you to take a long, deep breath.

6 Journal

journal

A diary is an excellent tool for organising your thoughts, analysing your feelings, and making goals. And you don't have to be a literary genius or a prolific writer to reap the benefits

It might be as basic as scribbling down a few ideas before going to bed. If writing certain things makes you anxious, you can always trash it when you're done. It is the procedure that is important.

7 Facing Stress

facing stress

For those pressures you can't escape, remind yourself that everyone experiences stress; there's no need to believe it's only your fault. And chances are, you're stronger than you believe.

Instead of allowing yourself to become overwhelmed, attempt to confront the stressor head-on. This may include starting an awkward discussion or doing additional work, but the sooner you get started, the less the pit in your stomach will become.

8Declutter

declutter

Decluttering may appear to be a large undertaking, but putting up only 10 minutes each day can have a significant impact.

What can you accomplish in 20 minutes? Lots.

Set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes and devote that time to cleaning up a specific section of one room, such as your closet or that out-of-control junk drawer. Put everything back in its proper place and eliminate or give away any excess clutter that is no longer helping you.

9Energise Yourself Every Morning

energise yourself every morning

A healthy morning routine will make you feel calm, attentive, and invigorated. Starting your day on the right foot entails developing a sense of happiness that you can carry with you throughout the day. Your morning routine should involve not only getting ready, but also making time to feel joyful and emotionally and physically prepared to face whatever the world has in store for you.

10Live In The Moment

live in the moment

You won't be able to attain your full potential until you learn to live in the present. No amount of guilt or worry can change the past, nor can it affect the future. It's hard to be happy if you're always elsewhere, unable to completely appreciate the realities (good or bad) of the present moment.