Do you want to learn the secret to finding more happiness in your daily life?
It's excitingly simple, and it all comes down to something that you are 100% in control of, your own personal awareness. For the past year, I have been paying a lot of attention to what truly makes me feel happy. This journey has led me down healing paths of letting go and it has guided me through creating positive lifestyle changes. For example, some of the old habits that I thought brought me happiness (like an extra glass of wine or sleeping in when I really need to be up creating) have gone away, I surround myself with people who are kind and loving instead of negative and draining, and I have created a new mindset habit when starting my day and when navigating the rough patches. Trust me, not every moment of every day is consumed with happiness, but I am now able to catch the moments that are, celebrate them, and then make adjustments when things are off.
I am excited to share with you some simple daily habits that I have learned throughout this happiness journey. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor or psychologist, just another person trying to live my best life and happy to share what I have learned with you.
Happiness Habit #1 - Tune in.
No one knows you better than yourself, and yet rarely do many of us take the time to actually check in with ourselves and acknowledge how we are feeling. Have you ever left a conversation feeling depleted? Have you ever taken the time for a hike or workout experience and feel elated afterwards? Our daily lives fill us with opportunities to get to know ourselves better so that we may be guided in the right directions of what brings us joy.
Throughout the day, take some moments to tune in to your feelings and recognize what they are saying to you. If you feel happiness from a certain experience or sharing time with a particular person...soak it up and be around it more often. If you feel upset or strained by something, rethink how to approach it or consider eliminating it altogether.
Happiness Habit #2 - Write it (or text it).
Keeping a journal of moments that bring you happiness, as well as moments that weigh you down, is an incredibly insightful way to start recognizing what makes you tick (the good & the bad). After a week of writing (try for 20 minutes at the end of the day) you will begin to see that this is a very true guide of how to spend your time and who to spend it with. *tip - when you are out and about, text yourself these happiness and gloomy moments, then at night or when you have time, write them down in a journal so you can begin seeing your own happiness flow pattern.
Happiness Habit #3 - Ask for it.
This might be the greatest trick to discovering more happiness...ask for it and then look for it. When you wake up in the morning, pouring your coffee or tea, start getting excited for the moments of happiness that are coming your way that day. Do you know what happens when you roll out of bed, bummed out about the day ahead already? You will have a crappy one. What happens when you set our mindset to be ready for happiness? You will find it and it will be drawn to you!
Overall, when the happiness moments come, acknowledge them, smile, be grateful, and then write them down so you can track it and seek more of it.
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