Creating happy habits is the most effective way of changing your lifestyle and becoming a better person. It is also one of the easiest ways to measure your progress and become happier every day. These habits will help you stay happy, calm, healthy and productive throughout your life.
The 20 habits that make you happy:
1. Exercise regularly
Regular activity helps you to feel more energetic, less stressed and more productive. Working out also gives you better sleep patterns, improves your immune system and can reduce pain associated with various health issues. These benefits will help you to improve your lifestyle and relationships with people around.
Exercise regularly for 4-5 days a week for 30 minutes a day in order to stay healthy, energetic and happy!
2. Eat a healthy breakfast
The first thing you do in the morning will affect your performance throughout the rest of the day. Most people skip breakfast because they don’t have time for it or simply don’t enjoy it. What lies ahead is a stressful day full of work, school and family obligations, which can make you feel cranky and exhausted without any energy to deal with it.
If you skip breakfast, you will start your day in a negative mood (hangover) and your energy levels will be low as well. A healthy breakfast is the best way to kickstart your metabolism and power up for a busy day ahead.
Eat a healthy breakfast every single day! You can splurge later in the day.
3. Drink water daily
A large amount of food we consume today is “empty” – processed and full of calories, but has no nutritional value whatsoever. For example, most people drink sodas or sweet teas, which have no positive effect on your body and can make you gain weight really quickly. Drinking water is the best way to replace these unhealthy drinks without calories.
Your body will digest this drink faster than anything else, which will leave you satisfied for a longer period of time. Replacing soda with water can also help improve your skin condition, give you more energy and improve your digestion process. Water is the best drink ever!
Drink 8-10 glasses of water every single day!
4. Work fewer hours
Stress is the main cause of so many health problems, that our health and happiness suffer as a result. Most of us work more than 8 hours a day and this means that too much time is spent in a stressful environment. If you eliminate or reduce your working hours, you will have more time to spend on yourself and your family. You can also become healthier, live longer and learn new things while spending time in a good mood.
5. Eat a healthy diet
The human body is an amazing thing. It was designed by God to digest and absorb food, but most of us don’t take care of it properly. He created our bodies to process this amazing gift, but then we started feeding them with junk food and terrible diets full of carbohydrates and sugars. We are eating more than we need, which can lead to weight gain (especially around the waist), digestive problems and lethargy (if you do not eat a balanced diet).
6. Write down 3 good things that happened every day
One of the best ways to become happy is to realize the positive things happening in your life. Research has found that people who regularly practice gratitude tend to be more grateful, positive, satisfied and happy. Some men make a habit of writing down three good things that happened every day after they wake up in the morning. They follow this simple habit for a month and their lives change for better! They feel happier, appreciate more and look at problems from another perspective.
7. Practice gratitude
If you are grateful, you will be happy. And happiness is one of the best things you can have in your life. There is scientific proof that gratitude brings physical and mental health benefits, including a longer life expectancy and better quality of life. No wonder a grateful heart can relieve pain, improve cardiovascular health and even help you lose weight!
8. Eat less sugar
Sugars are simple carbohydrates that we consume with almost every single meal. They give you a quick energy spike, but then their effect wears off quickly and you are left feeling tired and cranky. Sugars can cause digestive problems, mood swings and weight gain.
Some studies have showed that sugar affects your brain in a way that reduces your ability to memorize important things (you know better than to take an exam after eating cake, right?!). Learn to eat less sugar (if you can…) and live longer!
9. Focus on the positive
Always see the glass half full. Negativity is a habit that spreads negative energy, makes you feel unhappy, lowers your immunity and can even influence other people around. Instead of seeing the problems in your life, focus on the positive things happening to you. You will notice that you will feel better, have more positive relationships and do better at work.
10. Get into nature more often
We are living inside a huge “technicolor box” that extends almost to the edge of the galaxy. It’s hard to imagine how little we know about what is happening beyond our own planet. We live in a small, beautiful and dark cave (our planet) and this is where we feel safe and happy. If you spend time in nature or just watch the stars from your window (if it’s not too cold), you will feel better again and have an increased feeling of happiness.
11. Stop using social media
Social media is one of the most addictive thing in history. It can take over your life without you even noticing. So many people spend countless hours hunched over their phone, scrolling through their news feed. Spending so much time online makes you feel just like a rat in a cage – constantly pressing a button to get its next reward (likes from other people). You become addicted and your brain starts to pursue social rewards instead of real ones (a new job or a better relationship).
12. Read more books
In the age of internet, it is getting harder and harder to read an actual book. Reading can do so many positive things for your brain. It increases your focus and concentration, makes you more creative and helps you develop a better vocabulary and remember things for longer. If you start reading daily or at least a few times a week, you will become happier in just few days!
13. Find a hobby
Hobbies are fun things that we like to do to relax (away from work). They can be expensive, but if you find something you really love doing, it will be worth the investment. Hobbies are a great way to pass the time and meet new people, become better at something and learn new things.
Once you have found your hobby and start practicing it regularly, you will feel happier and more comfortable with who you are. It’s a great opportunity to be yourself and relax in a positive environment.
14. Spend more time with your friends
This is a huge happiness booster. Friends are the first step towards becoming happy, because they will make you realize that you have the power to change your life for the better. If you want to be happy, make sure that you spend time with the people who make you feel at ease and comfortable. Don’t let your few friends become more of an obligation than an actual pleasure.
15. Make a bucket list
Why wait for something fun to happen before you do it? Make a bucket list of things that you want to do in your life and start checking them off as you do them. This will not only make you much happier, but it will also change your perspective on things. You will enjoy the “little things” in life way more often and realize that they are not really little after all.
16. Tell someone you love them
One of the best ways to feel happier is to share your love with the people you care about. Telling people you love them and giving them a hug (or even just a smile) can brighten their whole day. It’s because ending depression, loneliness and lethargy is much easier when we know that we are loved by those around us.
17. Go on a road trip
Traveling is good for your health. Life becomes more exciting when you travel to new places and gets out of the daily routine. It’s the best way to get in touch with yourself, with nature and with other people. If you go on a road trip in your car by yourself, you will be able to enjoy every single moment of it and come back feeling refreshed and positive about life again.
18. Do a good deed for someone
So many people think that “doing good” will make them happy, but the truth is that it takes a lot more than that. If you want to make yourself feel better, do something good for someone else. Helping others feels amazing and being nice to somebody else will change your whole attitude towards life!
19. Do some volunteering
Volunteering is also a great thing to do if you’re interested in helping other people and making yourself happier. You can help homeless people, old-age people or animals – it doesn’t really matter. Just do something that can make you feel better and go out of your comfort zone. You will feel great about yourself and become much more confident in yourself and your abilities!
20. Take a long bath
This is something that everyone should do at least once a week. You will feel better, much more relaxed, and your skin will look healthier after the bath. It’s also a great way to get rid of aches and pains. There is nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath and feeling clean for the next few days!
Bonus Tip: Start taking action
All of the tips above will help you to feel more positive and happy. But if you don’t even start doing something, it won’t make a difference. We all have to start somewhere, so start by making a small step towards your goal. Every small action counts, so do just one thing at a time (like reading this article or taking a bath).
The first step towards changing your life for the better is a mental one. You have to know in your head that you are unhappy and that you are ready to change your life. If you don’t really want it, nothing will help. So change your mindset first, then start taking action!
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