Happy Habits: An Introduction.

Photo of a man in a field of sunflowersHappy habits.  Even the name is uplifting. I envision going out into a field and skipping like a kid in a field of sunflowers. That’s my vision. What is yours?

While these habits help to enhance our overall happiness and joy of life, they are not the source of happiness.

Happiness is an inside joy. It is always there within us. A positive mindset is the foundation from which happiness can spring like a sunflower lit by sunlight.

Practicing these 9 habits as like icing on the cake. The more we can use these tips in our daily activities the more that spontaneous upwelling and joy is ours.

As always, we recommend you start small. Select the habits you think you can easily add to your daily routine. Once you are comfortable with these then you can add it more.

Before we get started on those 9 happy habits, listen to the words of Michael Singer from Living Untethered.

There is a state within us that is always filled with love and a sense of happiness.

Source Michael Singer.

 

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The 9 Happy Habits

Photo of a stuffed teddy bear Make Sleep a Priority

It’s hard to experience true happiness if you are struggling through your day fighting off tiredness. You feel grumpy and irritable.  

Many people are sleep-deprived and rely on caffeine and sugar to get them through the afternoon. 

Most adults need an average of seven hours of quality sleep. It’s a complete fairy tale that we can get by with less sleep when we get older

 With better (and regular) rest, your body gets what it needs, leading to a better quality of life and more happiness.

healthy saladFocus on Nutrient-Dense Foods and Plenty of Water

While happiness might seem like the recipe for a happy life it’s a rapidly fading pleasure. For an occasional treat maybe.

However, in the long run, your body won’t feel the vital energy necessary to run happily through a field of sunflowers.

Sorry I just had to go there.

A poorly functioning body can leave you feeling sad, unenergized, and in bad health. Increasing your water and nutrient intake encourages a healthy, happier you.

One of the world’s most popular and scientifically valid diets is a Mediterranean one. 

This is my go-to site for anything Mediterranean. Oldways Mediterranean Diet.

2 people walkingAdopt some form of healthy exercise as a happy habit.

I recommend that you run 21 kilometers a day. JOKING!

However, I did use that exaggeration for a reason. 

Now anything I suggest will seem easier, even doable. 

Take a look at your daily routine and find a place you could sneak in a brisk walk or some yoga. 

Healthline suggests that 30 minutes of moderate walking a day is a good goal to aim for. 

Another popular suggestion is to take 10,000 steps a day. This sounds like a lot, but you’d be surprised how quickly those steps add up. 

10,000 steps are the equivalent of running through 3 sunflower fields.

Permit me to have a little fun here.

two men back to back Set Boundaries

If we say that happiness is routed in a positive mind, then we could also say negativity is an anathema to a happy life. 

So, it stands to reason that we should stand guard at the portals of our minds just as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested.

That means we need to set boundaries. If you are like me you have enough trouble with your negative thoughts without having to fight off that negativity in others. 

Keep toxic people away from you as much as possible. 

This can be difficult when that toxic person is a family member. 

Awareness is your friend in such a situation.  Do what you can to limit exposure.

This also extends to limiting exposure to negative media.

4 friends standing together in a fieldCreate a Happy Habit by Spending Time with Family and Friends that Inspire and Uplift You.

I prefer the term logical family because our biological one may not uphold our values and purpose. 
 
“Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us,” Source: Armistead Maupin.
I have a logical family including family members scattered across the globe. They are an everlasting joy for me.
 
These are the people who enhance my happiness in so many ways, I am wealthy beyond measure because of them.
 

Treasure the people in your life who do that for you.

Photo of trees

Get Out in Nature

Happy Habits include taking time to get out in nature either by yourself or with friends. Allow nature to uplift you, lighten your mood and invigorate your soul. 

Studies show that spending time in nature improves mental and physical health as well as reduces stress. 

Find a spot in nature that resonates with you. As an example, I head up into the mountains every Thursday to what I call my sacred space, Make it important enough to schedule time for this. 

A woman organizing her clothesRid Your Life and Home of Clutter.

Happy Habits around your environment may not seem very important but do a lot to improve your mental state.

Decluttering is a popular buzzword these days. Keeping your personal spaces orderly and tidy releases you from tiny distractions. 

One of my happy habits is to make my bed every morning after I have my shower. Then when I walk into my tidy bedroom I get a little lift.

The other decluttering activity I undertook was to eliminate paper from my workspace as much as possible.

Can you think of one declutter project that would lift your mental state?

Computer partially closedTurn Off the Technology

Happy habits also come from limiting screen time. Unplugging from social media makes for a happier mind. 

In my article, 11 Bedtime Rituals that Support Mindful Living, I talk about turning off your electronic devices at least an hour before you go to bed.

Another idea is to schedule your time on social media or when watching the news.

This frees your time to do more of the happy habits that bring you joy, peace, and fulfillment. 

Volunteer

When we engage in activities that take us outside of ourselves, we free our minds of worry, negative chatter, and anxiety. 

Helping out those who are less fortunate than yourself blesses both of you. It also increases your levels of gratitude, which can translate into happiness and joy.

Look to volunteer in an area of things you love to do. This also means you are contributing in relation to your purpose in life. 

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Happy Habits Next Steps

  1. Take inventory of your life and habits. Assess how much sleep you are getting and what kinds of foods you are eating. Consider your next steps to make the needed changes to affect your happiness levels. Physically write out on a piece of paper one action you can take immediately.
  1. Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. You may be able to tutor elementary children in reading or help at the local animal shelter. Go ahead and schedule a time to volunteer. Don’t stop at research. Make a physical list of 5 possible places to volunteer. 
  1. Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering one spot in your home. Look for the one area that seems to attract the most clutter and focus on it. Once done, find the next area to go to. Hint. Everyone seems to have a junk drawer 

Happy Habits Book Recommendations

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

Here is to developing many happy habits and dancing on moonbeams or running through sunflower fields at sunrise. 

Nick Grimshawe

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