Aan het begin van het jaar maak je vaak goede voornemens, zoals afvallen, op zoek naar een andere baan of meer tijd met je gezin doorbrengen. Helaas lukt het vaak niet om je aan deze nieuwe voornemens te houden en verval al weer snel in je oude patroon. Om echt dingen in je leven te veranderen moet je gewoonten ontwikkelen die tot een meer gelukkige levensstijl leiden. Op habitsforhappiness.com staan 5 van deze gewoonten beschreven.
If you are like most people, you have made some New Year’s resolutions to improve various parts of your life. You may be set on losing weight, earning more money or even finding the perfect mate.
However, if you are interested in living a happier life, it’s likely that none of these resolutions alone will do the trick.
The key to being happy is to develop habits that will help you lead a more happy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how much weight you lose or how much money you earn, if you aren’t happy now, you probably won’t be happy then.
Have you ever worked hard on a goal that you thought would make you happy once reached, only to be disappointed once you actually reached it?
Perhaps you thought finding the perfect mate would turn your life around and make you the happiest person on earth. However, once you found the ideal mate, you were happy for a while but after the new wore off, it was back to life as usual.
So what can you do to ensure a happier life?
The following 5 habits will help you increase the level of happiness in your life.
1. Be grateful
I consider this the most important habit you can have if your goal is to live a happy life. You must be grateful each and every day for all that you have. We all have things that we can be grateful for.
The key is to write down the things you are grateful for and look at them on a regular basis. It’s important to plan out a time each day in which you look over those things you are grateful for.
A simple habit you can develop is to pick out just one thing you are grateful for each and every day and make that your focus the entire day.
An example would be choosing to be grateful about being healthy. When you awake in the morning, you’ll choose this theme and then focus on it all day.
When you have a down moment, consider how healthy you are. Consider how fortunate you are to have been given a healthy life and choose to be grateful and happy about such an awesome win.
2. Find new friends
You may have a lot of friends but how many of them support your decision to be happy? Are you bombarded by gossip or negativity all day?
If so, you may want to consider finding a group of people that you can be around on a regular basis that can help to build you up. We all need people in our lives who are positive and moving in the same direction that we are.
In fact, once you decide to develop habits that will bring more happiness into your life, you may be forced to find new friends. Many people will try to tear you down if they see you happier than they are.
Take note of this and remember that you and you alone are in charge of the happiness you feel in your life.
3. Read more
Are you a reader? If not, you may want to consider it. Reading is not only good for the mind but it also keeps you from engaging in other activities that may have a negative impact on your life.
Activities like watching TV, browsing social network sites or having idle chit chat with friends have their places. However, it’s important to make some time for some quality reading and learning in order to expand your mind.
It’s also important to read positive and inspirational books. When I refer to reading, I’m talking about books that could potentially change your life. Here are a few of my favorites.
– How to Win Friends and Influence People
– Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
– The Magic of Thinking Big
– You Can Be Happy
– 20,000 Days and Counting
4. Exercise regularly
Exercising is very important for developing more happiness in your life. It’s no coincidence that people who take their health seriously, have more confidence, feel better and are generally more happy.
It’s hard to be happy when you are out of shape, overweight or just generally down and out due to low amounts of physical activity.
Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain and also increases serotonin and other “feel good” chemicals needed for proper brain function. If you are not getting enough physical activity, you are likely feeling the effects.
Whats more, many people who do not exercise, also maintain poor diets. Combine these two together and it’s easy to see why people like this are so unhappy.
My advice is to get involved in a regular exercise program. It doesn’t have to be exhausting or even overly time consuming. A solid 20 minute workout can be very effective and is certainly better than doing nothing.
Remember, being happy is about developing the right habits. Developing the habit of exercising whether it’s 5 minutes or 45 minutes. Make this a part of your life and you’ll begin to see how it can increase your level of happiness.
5. Change your morning routine
I’m a firm believer that your day is determined by how your morning starts out. If you roll out of bed after hitting the snooze button 10 times, suck down 3 or 4 cups of coffee and then hurry off to your job, there is no doubt that your day is not going to be productive.
On the other hand, if you get up earlier, read a few pages of a good book, take a few moments to meditate on the things you are grateful for and plan out your day, you will be much more prepared to face the day no matter what it brings.
I challenge you to give this a try and see how much better it makes you feel. I incorporated this habit into my own life a few months back and I have definitely felt the benefits of it. It has increased my productivity and in turn, my level of happiness.
Some ideas to incorporate into your morning routine include reading, listening to personal development programs, meditating, praying, practicing gratitude, exercise, creating a nutritious breakfast or planning how you want your day to go.
I am confident that if you’ll make an effort to be more mindful of your morning time, you’ll bring more happiness and joy into your life.
This is your time! It’s the time for you to change your habits in order to increase the amount of happiness you experience in your life. Being happy is no accident. You must work at it by becoming more aware of your daily actions.
I urge you to get started with these simple habits and also any other habits that may work for you. The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone in order to develop new habits. You’ll be glad you did!
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