Want to live a happier, better life, RIGHT NOW? Here are 7 easy habits you can incorporate into your life to begin living to your fullest potential.
You deserve it!
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep helps your body rejuvenate and repair. It also helps you combat negativity. For real.
Huffington Post reports, "In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.”"
So, the more tired you are, the more likely you are to hold on to negativity and resentment. The more shut eye you get, the more happy and positive your life and outlook will be.
Make sure you're getting those 7-9 hours each night.
Shorten that Commute
Think about it: you're doing it twice a day, give days a week, four weeks a month, 12 months a year. A long commute can lead to anger, frustration, and general unhappiness. So-- find a job close to your house. Or, find a house close to your job. Either way, make sure that your time in the car is easy, short, and enjoyable. Otherwise, every other aspect of your life might not be.
Doing good for others also does good for yourself. It increases your self worth and makes you feel like you have a place in the world. It helps you plant roots and allows you to feel connected. So: volunteer. Give some money to someone in need. Say hello to a stranger. Make your bed in the morning. Do your dishes immediately when they are dirty. Taking care of yourself and others (and being of service) raises self-esteem, and thus happiness.
Exercise (Even 5 minutes)
Get your body moving. Don't think of it as a burden. Move around because you love yourself. Take a few minutes every day to get your blood circulating. Stretch. Do a few jumping jacks or run in place. This will increase your happiness, well being, and can help fight depression.
Start each morning and end each night saying "thank you." Make a list of 5-10 things you are grateful for every day. What you feed will grow. If you spend your day concentrating on the good things in life, most likely you'll have a more positive outlook on life. Positivity ---> happiness.
Sometimes, it actually is that easy.
Get Some Sun
According to the Huffington Post, "one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory."
So, next time you're feeling that 3pm lull at work, go outside and take a short walk. It will actually make you more productive, and a better team player. Plus, you'll probably get along better with your boss by the time you get back.
SHARE this article with your friends!