What is the secret to happiness?
The answer is that there is no secret, there’s only consistency in healthy lifestyle habits. Don’t be fooled into thinking that happiness is a destination, because happiness is not something you should reach, it’s something you should live out every single day.
To achieve this and build your daily sense of happiness, you will need to identify what does and does not make you happy. You’ll need to recognize the habits that influence your body and mind in a positive way, and stick to them no matter what.
Remember, consistency creates happiness.
With that in mind, here are the five life-changing habits that will make you a happier person.
Practice Meditation And Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is not something you can simply wish into existence. Instead, developing a positive mindset and a positive outlook on life requires effort and dedication.
So, if anyone ever tells you to just be positive, explain to them that true positivity is a product of hard work and dedication.
This hard work comes from a little healthy habit called meditation. You can achieve many things through daily mindful meditation, one of them being a more positive outlook on life, which will in turn help you adopt even more healthy habits into your routine.
Make sure to meditate every morning as soon as you wake up, and every evening before bed. Make your sessions last no more than 15 minutes, but be present for each and every second.
Stick to Regular Exercise
You’ve probably heard this one a million times by now, but you really should be exercising on a regular basis. Physical fitness has a profound impact on emotional and psychological health, not to mention the total-body health benefits it brings.
Regular exercise is one of the key pillars of a healthy lifestyle, and an essential part of happiness as well. Through the production of endorphins and a profound sense of accomplishment, exercise has the power and potential to make you a more positive person overall.
To uphold this healthy habit throughout the years, make sure to start slowly and ease your way into a workout routine that feels good first and foremost.
Spend Quality Time with Your Partner
Quality time can mean a lot of things, but the most important thing is that you make it a habit to spend time with your partner. Most importantly, you need to spend quality time away from the kids. This is a lifestyle habit that Australian parents have been practicing for years, so what are they doing differently?
In the Land Down Under, parents start vacationing without their children as soon as they’re old enough to go on a trip with their friends. For example, the upcoming schoolies 2020 season is just the right time to send the kids away while the parents take a well-deserved escapade themselves.
So be like the friendly Aussies and embrace the no-kids-allowed mindset when it comes to travel and vacationing. It will mean all the difference, and will help you de-stress, relax, and most importantly, reconnect with your significant other and strengthen your bond.
Don’t Be A Multitasker
It’s a fast-paced world we live in, so nobody can blame you for trying to get as much done is as little time as possible. However, multitasking is not the way to do it. At least it’s not the most optimal way, as you are literally splitting your attention and focus onto several different tasks at a time.
This causes you to lose track of what you were doing, it makes you less productive, and it actually makes you prolong the time it takes to complete these tasks. So, instead of multitasking, stick to a more linear approach.
Prioritize your tasks, identify the most important ones, and complete them in quick succession. You will find that this makes it easier to complete a task quickly and avoid burnout.
That said, you can group second or third-tier tasks with priority tasks in order to get more done without letting anything slip through the cracks.
Give And Receive Kindness
On a final note, understand that happiness truly does come from within. What this really means is that to be happy you need to evoke positivity from within through inner kindness that you project and instil in others. Remember, kindness breeds kindness.
When faced with negativity or the feelings of unfairness in life, the only constructive action on your part is to answer with kindness and compassion. Your goal should be to help others through your deeds, and help yourself in the process.
To that end, practice daily kindness and selflessness, and you will become happier, and complete. Happiness is not something you demand of yourself, nor is it something you can demand of others. This is a complex emotion that grows, changes, and evolves in relation to its environment, your mindset, and your habits.
With these life-changing routines in mind, you can slowly start to transform your life, and become the person you deserve to be.