Happiness – Have You Found The Secret Yet?
With the turn of the year, the world seems to get busy to make new goals. While each goal has a specific objective, the ultimate aim with all our goals is to bring more happiness into our lives. Would you agree?
True happiness is fundamentally different than momentary pleasure. That’s not to say momentary pleasure is inherently bad. But it often gets in the way of something more real and lasting. And lasting happiness comes from sustained efforts.
If you have ever followed a successful goal achieving process, you would know the value of our daily habits in this process. Happiness is no different, it can only be achieved by following a set of regular habits. Here’s 5 habits you can start following today to bring more happiness into your life every single day:
- Connect with yourself
Create a set of morning rituals that focus on helping you connect with yourself. We’re most often striving to ‘connect’ with others whether online or offline, and in this process we lose the real connection with ourselves.
You may want to include Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga, morning walk, Creative Visualisation or a gym workout, or even a mix of these. Trust me your productivity and happiness levels will shoot up exponentially.
- Disconnect with technology
While we’re trying to connect with ourselves, we also need to look at plugging off our tech devices for a while during the day, and especially at least an hour before going to bed at night.
The inability to disconnect and reboot is also messing a lot of people up, and contributing to the increased levels of stress, burnout, and damaged relationships we see today.
A lot more of this happening now globally. On 1st January 2017, a new French law took effect that guarantees workers the “right to disconnect” from technology (work-related emails, your boss asking to FaceTime, etc.) once they leave the office.
If you are serious about creating more happiness, take that first step towards drawing a line between your professional and personal lives.
- Practice gratitude
Being grateful is an awesome way to become happier. Even science now agrees that gratitude can be a natural antidepressant. When we take the time to ask what we are grateful for, our body produces more dopamine and serotonin, and these neurotransmitters then travel neural pathways to the “bliss” centre of the brain — similar to the mechanisms of many antidepressants.
How about starting your Gratitude journal today? At the end of each day, write down 5 things you’re grateful for that day… and then see your happiness levels rising.
- Get smiling more
When you exercise that grin each morning and use it on someone who might need it—a co-worker, a family member, a stranger, you attract more smiles into your life. If you think it sounds a bit of a ‘new age’ thought, think again.
When we smile, our mood elevates, and scientists refer to this as the ‘facial feedback hypothesis’.
Smiling changes your brain chemistry. A study from Penn State University found that people who smile appear to be more likeable, courteous, and even competent.
- Forgive and Forget
When you carry grudges, it’s like travelling through life carrying a heavy load on your shoulders. Travelling light makes your journey easier and more enjoyable.
Forgiving others, and even oneself, for little and big mistakes or things that don’t happen your way, helps you feel more in control of your emotions and sleep better, eventually increasing the levels of happiness you deserve.
If you struggle with forgiveness, check out the Global Forgiveness Initiative.
Geologist James Talmage said, “Happiness leaves no bad aftertaste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it brings no regret, entails no remorse. True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good.”
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