3 Tips To Instantly Improve Your Happiness
Happiness is something that requires practice and effort. All three of these tips are doable today. All three are disciplines that you can practice on a daily basis in some way, shape or form.
They don’t cost any money and have nothing to do with material possessions. They simply require a little bit of your time and a little bit of effort.
1. DISCONNECT REGULARLY
Disconnecting from social media, and all technology regularly can have some pretty amazing health benefits. Technology is amazing, we couldn’t do what we do without it, and social media can be a wonderful tool, I use it most days but intentionally taking time out from it can be a great way to a happier life.
Here’s a few reasons why:
It can help remove feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness by not comparing yourself to someone else’s “highlight” reel.
It can help you find contentment in your own presence by eliminating the fear of missing out on what you might see.
It can help improve your life experience and relationships. Life is happening right in front of us! We are too often too busy staring at our phones instead of looking people in the eye and focusing on the conversation at hand and making real life connections.
It can give you more time to focus on number 2!
I read a stat not long ago saying research shows that we check our phones up to 150 times a day! That’s about every 6-7 minutes. Think about that. What did we do before we had mobile phones!?
2. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH
“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha
If you don’t know by now that exercise has HEAPS of benefits for your mind and body well you must have been living under a rock!
Exercise can help reduce stress, sharpen your brain, boost overall happiness, improve your relationships, improve self-confidence and alleviate anxiety.
Health is true wealth. You might get a second chance at a lot of things, but you’ll never get a second body so it pays to take care of yourself.
If your body isn’t happy then it will be much more difficult for your mind to stay happy too.
Fair to say in most cases the knowing probably isn’t the problem, it’s the doing that’s the hard part right?
Lack of perceived time, lack of priorities, lack of motivation all contribute. If you want longevity, if you want to give yourself the best chance to avoid major health problems then there really is no choice other than making your health and fitness a priority and blocking out time in your schedule to do some form of exercise every week.
Start today. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start I’m sorry to tell you it will never happen. The time will NEVER be perfect and the longer you leave it the harder it will be.
3. SHOW GRATITUDE DAILY
"Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have and when things aren’t going to plan, pause and acknowledge all the good that already exists.”
However you do it, whenever you do it, practice gratitude regularly. Gratitude alone has so much power. It helps shift your perspective and can be the telling difference between you having a good day or a bad day.
For me taking a little time to reflect on the abundance of good in my life and remind myself of what’s most important is a huge part of my happiness. It helps me gain perspective in the midst of the seemingly endless to-dos and “busyness” of life.
Be grateful for who you are, what you have, and for the abundance of opportunities that are yours for the taking, and each day focus on YOU and what actions YOU can take to improve yourself, the quality of your life and the quality of the lives of people around you.
One of my best mates and I were having a conversation a long time ago on the topic of happiness and here’s something he text me afterwards.
“Here’s what I think. Happiness to me is something we practice not something we feel. Happy people can be sad, angry and stressed it's nothing to do with being super positive or feeling elated 24/7. Happiness is a way of life, like someone practising their religion. At the end of the day there will always be something to worry and stress about, that will never change, therefore achieving any goal won't make us happy unless we practice happiness today. Because we may achieve our goals, we may not, we may get hit by a bus. So whatever situation we find ourselves in just in case life didn't go to plan, it's important to practice happiness today so we can go to sleep knowing we did our best either way.”