People are what they repeat. If your habits aren’t healthy they are hurting you and creating unhappiness in your life. Likewise, there are habits you can implement that will help with happiness. These are things happy people do.
Focusing on yourself not on others
Happy people focus on their own journey not on the journey of others. Especially, with social media. You may not be aware but social medica is most people’s front stage. What you aren’t seeing is their backstage, their struggles, their challenges. It is likely they are feeling the same about your front stage.
If you want your life to change and be different reduce time suckers, like social media. Use that time to exercise, spend time with the family, learn something new, or do a mindful practice.
Enoying the journey
The journey is just as important as the end. Happy people know this and enjoy the present moment. They don’t tell themselves I will be happy when this or that happens. A great book that explains this in detail is the Power of Now by Eckart Tolle.
Interested in your job
Don’t spend your life working at job that you hate. If you are suffering through a job to pay the bills, make an exit plan. Happy people work at jobs that interest them where they feel supported and appreciated.
If you are an adult your work takes up a significant amount of your life. DO NOT spend most of your life at a job that makes you miserable.
Letting Go and Forgiving
If you hold onto grudges you are the one that is hurting. There is a lot of research out now that shows holding onto negative feelings can have a phsyical impact on your body. Happy people let go and move on. That doesn’t mean they don’t have healthy boundaries, it means they don’t keep thinking about the person or event. They wish the person well and then keep them at a distance in their life.
Happy people exercise on a regular basis. Exercising releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins that combat anxiety and depression. Research shows about 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate the endorphins.
Studies also show besides increasing happiness, exercise also helps with sleep.
People who are happy have boundaries. They say no instead of yes when they don’t want to do something. They don’t hold onto someone who is hurtful.