15 Ways You Can Live A Happier Life!
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” - Aristotle
What is the true purpose of life, if not to live a happy life until we die?
Happiness is one of the most sought-after goals in life, yet for many it seems to be so far from reach. It’s easy to convince ourselves, “When I just have that nice house and new car, then I can be happy.” But in reality, happiness is available to all of us, right now. A big house or a new car won’t actually make you happier; it’s the simple joys in life and being grateful for what we have right now, that bring true happiness.
Here are 15 ways that you can start living a happier life today.
1. Do What You Love to Do
If your passion is playing football, writing stories, long runs, or teaching kids how to ride horses, make time to do it. You’ll find that when you’re doing what you love, you’re filled with joy. Sounds much better than forcing yourself do something you don’t like, right?
2. Help Others
Sometimes after we’ve reached our own personal goals, we still feel a bit empty inside because we haven’t made a meaningful contribution to someone else’s life. When we help others or volunteer, it feels good to just be of service to someone else. The impact we make feels wonderful and fulfilling and is a big potential source for our own happiness.
3. Be Thankful
When you think of all the things that you have to be grateful for, you realise how blessed you already are, right now. We tend to take our basic necessities for granted — a roof over your head, food to eat, clean water, warm clothes. By appreciating the things that you already have, you’ll begin to feel happier in your life.
4. Share With Others
When we share our thoughts, our time, and our abilities with others we feel much better for it. A life lived without sharing can be lonely. When you share with others, they’ll feel great towards you and help you to feel more joy in your own life.
5. Smile More
Make smiling more a daily ritual and see how it affects you internally, as well as those around you. Smiling won’t cost you a thing but it can be contagious and make someone else’s day a little brighter. It can make you happier — even if you have to force it, you’ll still feel better.
When was the last time you went to the gym or worked out? Exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins, also known as a “runner’s high.” Whether it’s playing sports, running, shooting hoops or just heading out for a long walk. Any exercise is great!
A life coach will help you to evaluate your life and why you’re not feeling happy in it. Maybe you’re holding limiting beliefs or you have an emotional block. A life coach can help you uncover why you’re actually unhappy and what you can do to feel better.
8. Find a Way to Manage Stress
Don’t let stress take over your life and happiness. You deserve to be happy, so don’t let stress get in the way. Try things like meditation, it can help you to manage stress better and feel great.
9. Eat Healthy
It’s much more challenging to feel truly happy when you’re unwell. But when you eat right, you feel better both physically and mentally. And you’ll enjoy that treat every now and then, knowing you’ve eaten healthy all week!
10. Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
There’s no replacement for spending quality time with your loved ones. We’re social beings, even if you’re an introvert or a loner. People love spending time with their friends and family for good conversation, bonding, and some laughs. Life’s too short to live it completely alone.
11. Get Rid of Negative Thinking
You already know that negative thinking will bring you down. You’ll feel like crap. So how do you stop it? Become more aware of it and try replacing your negative thoughts with some positive ones. Spend less time with negative people and more time with positive people.
12. Give More Gifts
You don’t have to spend a fortune, or even anything at all; sometimes a quick note, flowers from your garden or a thoughtful email will brighten someone else’s day, and yours.
13. Forgive and Forget
Holding a grudge will harm you more than the person you’re holding it against. Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to let go of the past?” and notice how you feel when you let go of your anger for a few seconds.
14. Go for a Walk in Nature
Spending time out in nature can be very refreshing and renewing, especially when you’re living in an artificial, manmade world. Taking a walk in your local bush or park and getting some fresh air can allow you to appreciate the beauty of this wonderful world.
15. Be Yourself
Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Be proud of who you are, just be yourself, and you’ll feel a world of difference.