They say that laughter and happiness is contagious. Holidays bring out the best in so many of us, but can also bring upon a lot of stress and unhappiness. Regardless of what time of year it is, there are a few key habits that can help you lead a happier life. I’m sharing my top 3 habits that have contributed to better living, less stress and best of all, more happiness.
Being True to Yourself
Choosing to focus on the things that you love and doing activities you enjoy the most is truly a great way to be happy. There will be times people will invite you to do activities you don’t enjoy and it’s perfectly fine to say no. If you value those friendships, it’s more important to reciprocate and ask them to do things you both enjoy instead. Being true to yourself and doing more of the things you love will ultimately lead to finding friends who have similar interests. Best of all, you’re not feeling like you’re wasting time or money on things that you don’t love.
Compliments & Random Acts of Kindness
One of the best, and in my opinion, easiest ways of being happy is performing random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. I am not referring to offering money or going completely out of the way for someone. Opening the door for someone who has their hands full, buying coffee for the person behind you and even complimenting someone at work for things they probably hardly get recognized for are great random acts of kindness. On my my favourites is offering compliments to people who might are dressed well, have great hair or gorgeous skin. Remember, we are our own worst critics and don’t always feel great. A compliment goes a very long way and can make someone’s day. It’s amazing how grateful people feel when you perform random acts of kindness. It brings happiness to others, and in itself easily brings a smile to your face.
Exercise or Meditate
Not everyone loves sports or working out like my husband and I do, but if you do love an activity, or sport, fitting it into your lifestyle can really help you relieve stress. Either way, finding that outlet is important to overall well being. Activities that really help reduce stress and elevate happiness are yoga and meditation. You can learn great breathing techniques and help you unwind, breathe and clear your mind. In my personal experience, Body Flow (a form of Yoga) has helped me manage sleeplessness and unforeseen anxiety.
Plenty of Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest is a huge pick me up. It’s a no brainer for all of us, isn’t it? Have you ever been invited to some kind of dinner or event and have wanted to tell that person that you’re just too tired to attend? I know I have. Exhaustion often means less energy for friends, time spent on things you love and patience throughout the day. Make sure you get plenty of rest throughout the week so that you lead a happier, healthier life.
Embrace the Child In You
Have you ever looked at kids and think, wouldn’t it be nice to be so carefree, creative and happy? Reliving your childhood is something worth holding onto. While there are many situations where you should be self aware and not behave like a child, bringing back a piece of childhood and taking life less seriously is incredibly refreshing.
Last weekend, I had a little more fun with style, wearing something a little more carefree and fun. I love the playful print and bright colors. There’s something really youthful in wearing bright colors and bold patterns that brightens the day.
I hope you all have a wonderful well-rested week filled with happy moments that brighten each day. If you enjoyed this post, leave me a comment below. What is your tip for living a happier life?
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