When you see happy people, on the outside, it just seems that it’s so easy to be happy.
But in reality, to be happy is as much a science as it is an art. Happiness is cumulative. This means that small feelings of daily joy can lead to remarkable improvements in feeling happier.
The best habits come in small manageable steps. Always choose to see the good, allow peace to live in your life, and let go of what you cannot control. The truest meaning of happiness is contentment. And it’s not just a feeling but an attitude and choice to always look at all that you have and is good in your life, and to be aware of those good things more than of the bad ones.
Here are 11 easy steps how to be happy. Follow these steps and learn to become a happier person.
1. Use Positive Words
The words you think and say have power, whether you are talking to others or yourself. They can literally change your brain.
Studies show that even one negative word increases the activity of fear center in your brain and interrupts brain’s normal activity. On the other hand, angry words shut down reasoning and logic centers in the brain. So, prolonged exposure to your own or others people negative words really can impact your ability to expect and experience joy and happiness.
However, the longer you are focused on positive things the better will be the rest of your brain functions. So choose to use life-giving, positive words even in your own thoughts about yourself.
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2. Choose to be Grateful
There are a lot of little things out of your control that frustrate you and it is so easy to complain about them, especially if you are with people that complain about the same things. But start with your own thoughts and focus on things you can control. Gratitude is a strength that contributes to happiness.
First, try with writing down or saying everything you are grateful for. Do this every morning for 5 minutes. Or just try to thank God for everything that you have. Foster gratitude to open up places of joy for all the blessings that you have and all that you have walked through.
3. Choose to Forgive
Studies show that a main cause of depression originates from a lack of forgiving others. One of the keys that lead to happiness is to live in the present moment as much as possible. It is not just to forgive to someone in your mind but to really forgive in your heart. We are stuck in the past if we hold anger or resentment against someone that we haven’t yet forgiven. People say that not forgiving is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die.
Choose to forgive and see how it can affect your own feelings of gratefulness and joy.
It is also an act of kindness and besides that it takes us away from our worries also can be contagious and can lead to more kindness.
4. Encourage Others
Our happiness is contagious to those around us and demonstrates what joy is all about. It always overflows into the lives of the people around you. When you are happy, then you are seeing the good things, and you can declare the good you see in others! Show respect and appreciation for the good things that your family, friends, and coworkers do for you each and every day, and encourage them to seek out happiness for themselves.
5. Be Intentional with Your Time
Make a list of the top five things that are most important to you. Compare it with a list of how you spend your time each day: working, time spent with family, watching TV, exercising etc. Learn how to let your schedule reflect your top priorities. Practice time management by getting rid of wasteful activities to feel more joy and happiness each and every day.
6. Make a “Bucket List”
When you write down your goals it makes them real. Make a list of all of the things you want to do, even if they are small or trivial. Small feelings of joy create and add up a bigger sense of happiness. One study tells that very happy people are more agreeable, more extroverted, and less neurotic. So take a risk and don’t be afraid to try something new that can make you happier.
7. Examine Your “Inner Circle”
Choose who influences you and choose your friends! Write down 2 people who may be holding you back and 5 people who make you better in life. Then choose to spend less time with those 2 people and schedule time with those 5 positive people who are adding happiness to your life and encouraging you.
Choose friends that will be honest with you, hold you accountable,and encourage you towards your dreams and goals.The people that are close to you have a huge impact on your life. When you share your time with people that encourage you and build you up, then you can build lasting relationships. This contributes directly to true happiness.
8. Get Inspired!
Find out what inspires you, whether it is reading a book, or listening to motivational podcasts, and include it in your routine! Successful people spend time bettering themselves every day. Reading opens our minds.
9. Get Moving!
Bodies in motion stay in motion. Physical activity improves your mood and self-esteem. So find something that you’ll enjoy in, bring you positive feelings and that you can maintain for long-term.
10. Improve your Diet!
Eating healthier can improve the health of your body, mind, and spirit. Start by changing your diet. Amazingly, foods can serve as natural remedies for depression, anxiety, and can boost your mood. By consuming a healthy smoothie every morning you are already improving your diet by 33%. Also, make sure that you drink enough water in order to stay hydrated.
Eat 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables every day. They provide important antioxidants that help with energy levels, mood, brain function and stress-inducing and inflammation diseases.
So a healthy diet will make you happier by providing you with mood-boosting minerals, vitamins, healthy fats and more.
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11. Gain Control Over Your Money
The lack of money will always have control over you. It takes some self-control to keep spending in check, but it can really pay off.