The secret to living a happy life is not about being surrounded by friends and family, having a successful career, or reaching financial freedom. Instead, it’s about knowing yourself and where you stand in the world around you.
Your emotional health should be your number one priority when considering happiness because many other factors are dependent on how stable your emotions are at any given time. While money can’t buy everything, it can help reduce stress levels which contribute to unhappiness.
Even if you’re deep in debt, there are still steps that can be taken to improve your quality of life without spending too much money. With these tips for leading a happier life in mind, hopefully, everyone will live more fulfilling lives!
1. Be Grateful.
This isn’t a command. It’s more of a motivational direction. The fact is, gratefulness is difficult to find without putting in some effort. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Isn’t it usually the case that when it comes to things that are important, you have to make an effort?
But trust us, the fight for gratitude is well worth the effort.
According to research, being thankful has a “significant” impact on one’s mood (e.g., happiness). Gratitude can help us combat unpleasant things like stress and sadness by encouraging us to appreciate the ties we take for granted all the time. It may even offer little unexpected bonuses like improved sleep by promoting a positive attitude.
Taking time to write down things for which you are grateful is one of the simplest methods to practice gratitude.
Now, we’re not talking about a one-time list. Challenge yourself to sit down once a day and write a list of three to five things you’re grateful for if you want real change. Handwriting is much more personal and allows us to dwell longer on each subject, rather than typing them out.
Don’t worry if it’s difficult to get going. It might be tough to see all of the reasons we should be grateful while we’re fighting to be happy. Chances are, once you start things up, you’ll write more than five items per day.
2. Get plenty of sleep.
We all know that enough sleep is critical for good health, brain function, and emotional well-being. We know that, no matter how much modern society pushes us toward less sleep.
The average amount of sleep required by healthy people is around 7 or 8 hours per night. Your body may be informing you that you need more rest if you struggle to resist the desire to nap during the day or if you just feel foggy all over.
Here are a few tips to help you build a better sleep routine:
- Make a note of how many hours of sleep you get each night as well as how rested you feel. After a week, you should have a clearer picture of how things are going.
- Every day, go to bed and get up at the same time, including on weekends.
- Set aside the hour before bed for quiet time. Take a bath, read, or do anything relaxing to unwind. Avoid eating and drinking whole meals.
- If you must take a nap, aim for 20 minutes only.
If you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, see your doctor. You might have a sleep issue that needs to be addressed.
3. Be imperfect; live longer.
Self-imposed stress is rife among perfectionists. Although we all know that perfection is an unattainable goal (nobody can do everything correctly according to everyone’s criteria every day of their lives), we frequently behave as if we should be able to! We just don’t want to let anyone down, ever.
Rather, we let ourselves downtime and time again. This raises our stress levels, reduces the length of our lives, and underemployed us. So what if you’re not perfect? Neither is anyone else! Instead of aiming for perfection, strive for excellence and live a longer and happier life.
4. Do exercise.
This is a secret because, in order to feel your best, you need to engage in some type of activity at least several times each week. You don’t have to be scared of the E word. Exercising does not have to be done in spandex or pumping iron with guys in sleeveless T-shirts.
A simple walk with a buddy, cycling at your own pace, or playing tennis is all it takes to get started. You’ll be engaged in your activity for 20 or 30 minutes, or maybe even an hour each day before you know it. If you make it enjoyable, you won’t be able to look at your watch.
5. The Power of Community.
The idea of community as it pertains to happiness is as old as humanity itself. Humans have long sought solace in the company of others.
But the cold, hard reality about communal bliss is that it isn’t about what we get out of it; it’s about what we contribute to it. Community is a concept that makes sense only when the whole is considered rather than each individual alone.
For example, one analysis of metropolitan areas in the United States during the recent economic crisis revealed that those with the greatest civilian-focused social capital had the highest levels of happiness. In other words, when tough times hit, communities with the most functional and connected networks were the happiest.
What does this imply for our everyday happiness, though?
It implies we must share our desire for pleasure with others. It’s critical that we discover places in our neighborhood where we may participate and plugin. Assist your church.
Look for a local food bank or animal shelter. Serve as a school crossing guard. Coach a sports team may be another option. There are so many options for volunteering in our communities that it’s hard to list them all here.
However, by simply engaging with the world and assisting anyone you can, you may help a person’s spirits ignite and grow.
6. Spend Quality Time with Your Friends and Family.
Friends and family are never to be underestimated. These are the individuals who will always have your back, from the highs to the lows to the sad times and the joyful ones.
A friend is someone we care about and who, if nurtured, might bring us genuine happiness. The idea of friendship is stretched to the limit in a family.
The link between family members is powerful. When it’s pushed to its limits or shattered, it may be a source of great sadness and despair. Take the opportunity to connect with your loved ones in meaningful ways. It’s as easy as that.
You don’t have to purchase anything or go above and beyond in a regular, kind gesture. A simple hug, kiss, phone call, text, note, or another form of communication expressing your thoughts about them might do wonders in bringing family and friends together while also promoting the happiness that we all share in the process.
7. Give a compliment.
Performing kind deeds can make you feel happier, according to studies. A genuine compliment is a quick and simple way to brighten someone’s day while also improving your own happiness.
Accept a compliment graciously. When you do, give it your full attention so they know you mean it. You might be surprised by how wonderful it makes you feel. If you want to compliment someone on their physical appearance, be sure to phrase it respectfully.
It’s about knowing yourself and where you stand in the world around you. We all have a different perspective on life, so it is essential that we understand our own thoughts and feelings to be happy with who we are and what we’ve accomplished.
As long as your standards for happiness don’t rely solely on external factors such as money or relationships, then there’s no way to not find peace of mind in this chaotic world.