Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. It is not wrong to think about happiness. But being happy is also important.
The word ‘happiness,’ however, has a broad definition- and that can lead to unintended confusion. This is especially true for people who equate “being happy” with an emotion such as pleasure or joy. When this connection exists, the idea of consciously working towards happiness becomes uncommon.
Some people worry about pursuing happiness because they associate it with a sense of complacency or laziness.
There is a thriving debate in the world today about what happiness means to people. While some insist that long-term satisfaction should be the ultimate goal, others argue that short-term pleasures are worth striving for.
There are two different definitions of happiness.
It’s true that long-term life satisfaction is acquired through a series of short-lived pleasures. But does that mean every day will be great? Not at all! However, when we reflect on our past and process what we’ve been learning throughout the years, it could result in an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction about how much growth and development have taken place.
In order to be happy daily, it is important to take care of your daily routine and fix any habits that are causing you stress or negativity.
That way, if we experience a day where nothing goes our way- at least the daily basics will have been attended to with minimal frustration.
It’s not about being on top of the world all of the time. It’s about identifying what daily routines will make you feel happy and content with your daily life.
The following 15 tips can help you be happy daily and incorporate them into your daily life:
Focusing on the little things that we have can be blinded by our desire to want more. But this desire, built by envy and jealousy, usually leads to great levels of dissatisfaction. Instead, just take a break from the daily hustle and appreciate what you already have, like your friends and family. Enjoying something small also boosts your mood.
Emotions are a huge part of life. Buddhist-based mindfulness is a way to deal with them. Anxiety is one of the most common types of emotions. The first way to deal with anxiety is by working on it and not trying to get rid of it. The second way is by being mindful of how you feel and accepting your thoughts for what they are. This will lead to less anxiety or a daily worry and stress level that is manageable.
Listen to Amazing Music
Listening to the music we love is one of our best defences against mental pain or heartache. An enjoyable song can help us to feel calm and contented, getting over obstacles with more ease.
Create a Sleep Schedule that Works well for you
Getting a consistent good night’s rest is vital. Chronic sleep deprivation is wreaking havoc on the modern world, in part because it can exacerbate other concerns like mental health or a busy schedule.
Getting at least 6 to 8 hours of daily sleep can help ensure that your mind and body are healthy both now and for years to come.
Start with small steps. Give yourself a sensible, realistic bedtime and stick to it for at least one week before challenging yourself again. Write every day about how you feel after following those guidelines in your journal.
Do Spend Time Outside Every Day
During your lunch break, go for a walk around the block or down to a nearby park. In the morning, when you grab a cup of coffee and start work, take a quick stroll across the street or outside in the garden.
Say Nice Things to Yourself
One technique is to modify your vocabulary. This includes how you refer to the future and the past in your thoughts, as well as what you say out loud. For example, instead of stating, “If I get that job,” switch it to “When I get that job.” Or attempt to tell yourself one thing at a time about yourself when you look in the mirror.
Curb your Unhealthy Habits
Knowing when and which things are bad for you can help you reduce your exposure to them. For example, if you know that alcohol is not good for you, but want to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner on occasion, then considering drinking it before or after dinnertime might be a healthier decision.
Plan a Superb Vacation
Planning for a vacation or journey can make us happier before we leave.
Do Invest in a Quality Relationship
If you want to be mentally and physically healthy, pick people that are close to you. Plan to spend time with them. Spending time with them will make your mental and physical health better. You can also have a deep conversation with someone that is close to you, which can also improve both your mental and physical health.
Find Space for Peace and Quiet
Spending some time daily in a peaceful environment is good for the mind. For example, meditating or simply sitting in silence can decrease your stress levels. If you are not able to get outside on a daily basis, make sure you stay away from social media during this quiet time, as it will only contribute to your daily stress.
Learn Something New Every Day
The daily learning activity can provide a sense of purpose and the feeling that we are progressing on our journey in life. It might be as simple as brushing up on an old skill you haven’t touched in years or taking a course online about something new like how to cook eggplant.
Meet New People
To find new friends, get out of your comfort zone, and meet people. Everyone has a story to tell you, and it’s worth getting to know them.
Accept your Flaws
Being content with your mistakes is necessary for avoiding feelings of anxiety. By accepting that as humans, we sometimes make the wrong decisions, it’s possible to release judgment about yourself and your actions.
Learn the art of progress, not perfection. We are setting ourselves up for bad feelings when we expect to ‘have it all perfectly balanced. In other words, we will always feel like a failure.
Write in a Journal
Think of some small dreams or thoughts that you might have and express your emotions in writing. By doing so, you don’t allow yourself to go to a place of anxiety or stress and instead arm yourself with gratitude. Writing them down helps as well because it can help your brain find more things to be grateful about.
Turn Off your Phone Please
You have probably grown to believe that reaching for your mobile at every notification will bring swift joy. This is not true, as too much interaction with a phone can negatively impact mental health. Every day or weekend, try and limit the amount of time you spend on social media, so you don’t feel emotionally tied up to your device.
At the end of the day, we all want to be happy in our daily lives. There are a wide variety of daily routines that can help us achieve this. However, the most important thing is to identify what makes YOU feel happy and go with that.