7 Habits to Help You Cultivate Happiness

The truth is that people are constantly striving for happiness. However, different people have different ideas of what happiness is. Some believe that happiness will come when they achieve something like a car, a house, etc, other have a view that happiness is purely a state of mind, regardless of what material possessions you have. Whatever your idea of happiness is, it is achievable. Here are some habits to incorporate in your routine to help you live a happier and more exciting life.
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Meditation

Many people think of meditation as an activity for Buddhists and monks. However, some peace and quiet are great ways to ease anxiety and depression. It is said that meditation is the gym where you develop powerful mental muscles. The act of meditation will help break the train of overwhelming thoughts you may have. It's not very easy to make meditation a habit; however, if you connect it to an activity you do every day, it will become easier. Early mornings, at lunch, and night are a great time for meditation.

Get enough sleep

After a long day's work, it is important that you get your mind to rest, and the best way to do that is to ensure that you get enough sleep every day. The Sleep Foundation recommends that you should get 7-8 hours of sleep every day, and the best way to ensure you get enough sleep is to create a good bedtime routine. Take some time to prepare for bed; during this time, tidy up and prepare for the following day.

Make yourself comfortable

It is important to feel physically comfortable. I have recently deculttered my wardrobe and removed all those clothes that are too tight, restrictive and make me feel uncomfortable. There's nothing worse than a pair of shoes that rub your feet! Likewise at that time of month, making changes to your sanitary products, such as switching to organic cotton tampons that make you feel comfortable. And now we're all spending more time at home, make a conscious decision to make your space cozy and relaxing.

Make a habit of smiling

People tend to smile when they’re happy, but smiling can actually trigger happiness. Smiling causes the brain to release dopamine, which makes us feel happy. It doesn't mean that you need to plaster a fake smile on your face, learn to smile to yourself in the mirror. If you feel low, try smiling and see what happens.

Be Grateful

When you are grateful, you can appreciate what you have instead of focusing on what you don't have. One way to be grateful is to keep a gratitude journal and make a habit of writing at least three things you are thankful for. Even on a crappy day, there will be good moments to focus on.

Exercise

Exercise is good for both your physical and mental health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, regular exercises can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It doesn't have to be a strenuous activity; taking a daily stroll around your neighbourhood is a form of physical exercise that will also help you clear your mind.

Read a book

Reading is a great activity that has numerous benefits. Creating a reading culture opens you up to new ideas, helps you relax, and also helps you reflect on past experiences. Keep a good book on your nightstand every time so that it is easy to remember to read right before you sleep. So much better than scrolling on your phone which can inhibit sleep.

Bottom Line

Meditating, getting enough sleep, making yourself comfortable, smiling, being grateful, reading, and having a pre-workout routine are some of the habits that will help you live a happier life. However, having a positive attitude and knowing that happiness isn't a destination beats them all.

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