It’s the beginning of a new year and after the one we’ve just had, I think we can all take time to think about how we can bring more happiness to our lives. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.
Starting today, try these 10 top tips for bringing more smiles into your life:
1. Appreciate what you have.
Count your blessings by practising gratitude – every night before bed, take 3 minutes to think about 3 things you have been grateful for today. Scientific studies have shown that practising gratitude improves your mental health and reduces the chance for depression.
2. Focus on things that truly matter.
In our day and age, it’s easy to get stuck in a busy rut and have time slip away. Stop and take a moment to assess if you are doing something that is worthwhile and is truly meaningful and matters to you.
3. Define your own meaning of life and pursue it.
What is the meaning of life? Whatever you want it to be. Don’t fear failure; fear a lifetime of mediocrity due to lack of effort and commitment. There are so many people out there who will tell you that you CAN’T. What you need to do is turn around and say, “Watch me!”
4. Embrace life’s challenges.
You may think that taking a detour in life is a waste of time and energy, but you can also see the detour as a means of learning more about who you are and where you are heading in your life. Being off the beaten path may be disorienting and confusing at times, yet it challenges your creative spirit to discover new ways to build a more resilient you. Hang in there. You’re coming out of this stronger and wiser.
5. Find the balance that allows you to be who you truly are.
Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel. One of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make, is when to stay put and try harder or when to just take your memories and move on. Sometimes you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you are capable of being and the person you truly are.
6. Love your body & take care of it.
We’ve all heard it before, but we still need to hear it again and again; look after your body! Your health is priceless – eat plenty of vegetables, drink 8 glasses of water, exercise 30 minutes everyday and put down that phone at least an hour before bed. Write down your health goals – it is said you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly than just thinking them.
7. Limit your time with negative people.
You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable. Limiting your time with negative people also means reducing the amount of time you think about or worry about unpleasant people. Often, these types of people are the ones we give the most amount of attention when we should be giving the least.
8. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Be conscious of your attitude and your actions. Fostering good relationships require you to listen to others, show understanding and respect.
9. Set a good example.
If you want to empower others in your life, you need to start living the most empowered version of yourself first. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to become your reality. And don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else; stay focused on your own journey and leave footprints behind.
10. Accept what is and live for the possibilities that lie ahead.
Never waste your time wondering about what might have been. Get busy thinking about what still might be, and trusting that however it plays out, it will leave you glad that what might have been, never came to be.
We hope these help bring joy and happiness to you.
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