12 Daily Happiness Habits that Can Change Your Life
“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy
Everyone in this world deserves to be happy. We all add up to this world, and that’s what makes it beautiful. Besides, we all want to be happy. Isn’t that the truth? I mean, what else would it be?
We think that if we have the best career or college degree we will be happier. We also think if we have the best social life or relationships, we will also be happier. Though all these things are highly satisfying, waiting for happiness isn’t healthy for our sense of well-being. Finding joy in what is now, and being patient for what is to come, is the way.
We will accomplish so much because we can, but although working hard is important, it’s also important to enjoy life with the people that are already in your life. I learned this from my best friend. Life has given so much to all of us, and life will give more. It’s time to cherish it all because happiness starts here.
Remember, you don’t have to have the best relationship or social life to be happy. You can create your own happiness and spread it to others. That itself will give you social life and strengthen your relationship with others, but most importantly, yourself.
Happiness doesn’t come to you. You find it in your journey on your own and decide what it is that makes you happy. Therefore, happiness is still waiting for you sitting in your soul. You are the one to light it up and spark it.
To give you more happiness, I have provided twelve habits that you can work on, to live an inspiring life that will change you and those around you forever.
1. See the light in all situations
There’s a bright side to everything. On the darkest of days, the moon still shines. But when it hides from the clouds, remember that you are the one that lights up the sky even brighter than the stars.
2. Stop Comparing Yourself with Others
Comparing yourself to others is a waste of who you are. You are you. There is no one in this world that is exactly like you. You have many special qualities that can’t be compared to others. Be yourself and keep at it.
3. Let go of Social Media
Keeping in touch, connecting with others, and sharing about your day are fine. But if you find negative vibes coming your way, let it go. Decide to be in one with the universe instead.
Whether it’s yoga or taking deep breaths for fifteen minutes, make time for energizing your heart, mind, and soul. Feed it love and nurture it like watering the plants. After you do this, see how you feel and never give up on that feeling.
5. Count your blessings
It’s time to let go of complaining and count your blessings. We complain because we trust the people around us to listen to us vent. But it’s not a good habit, and will drain away all your positivity. Make a gratitude list to write everything you’re grateful for every morning when you wake up. Or you can just tell yourself! Just do it.
6. Take a walk outside
Man, walking with nature is very peaceful. Although it’s important to go exercising in the gym, try it outside. Take in the air, sun, birds chirping, the feeling of the grass under your feet and the voices of your neighbors laughing. You’ll remember what it’s like to really be alive.
7. Spend time with people that make you happy
Who are the people in your life that is important to you? Does that know how to bring the best out of you? Spend it with these people. It’s worth it.
8. Help others
When someone needs a helping hand, give yours. And if you don’t have a hand, you still have a heart and with that, you can lift other people up. Help others in whatever way that you can. We find happiness when giving to others.
9. Do what you love
What is your favorite hobby? What makes you feel like you’re flying in the sky? If you don’t know it, don’t be afraid to try new things. Whether it’s painting, singing, dancing, skateboarding, surfing, swimming, or bike riding, find something that makes you feel groovy.
You don’t necessarily need to travel to be happy, but seeing different places is so much fun. If you can’t afford to travel, go on a road trip or another city. Go shopping or to the park for lunch. You could also go to the movies! There are many ways to live the best life. (Don’t forget to take pictures or record these moments).
11. Reach your goals
What is something that you didn’t finish but wanted to? Whatever it is, make a list of everything you want to accomplish and do it step by step. The best work takes time, so no need to rush it. Remember as I said earlier, be patient. Whether it’s a college degree, job, or relationship, it needs time and takes time.
12. Be confident
Your confidence can uplift your mood. Whether it’s your posture, smile, eye contact, and voice, work on it and you will not only feel better but be better. Write yourself five things that you love about yourself and put it on your wall or read it every morning you wake up. It can really count.
You really are the one who can make this world better. As you work on all these steps to become happier, you will see the world a lot better than it used to be. Take it one step at a time, happiness comes from our inside, and it takes practice. However, it can grow and grow bigger every day. I myself am still building on my happiness daily.
I wish you all the best on your journey. Peace.
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Author: Samia Mehbub
Samia Mehbub is a Bangladeshi American writer, inspirational speaker, and aspiring English teacher. She is the author of "Inspired to Comfort Your Soul" and "Inspired to Comfort Your Soul Volume ll." She is also the founder and Youtuber of weaswords, an organization that brings mental health awareness. As a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in English Literature, she writes for mental health literary magazines, such as Turtle Way and Word Gathering.