Today is the seventh International Day of Happiness and a great chance to appreciate the people and things in your life that bring us true happiness.
After a particularly difficult patch in my life, (here’s a bit more information on that) I decided to make conscious choices to increase the likelihood of my happiness on an everyday basis.
Influencing your own happiness isn’t easy and takes time but it can be done, and the outcomes incredibly beneficial in all aspects of life.
Here are five habits I have established that work for me.
Music. Whether I have tunes playing in the background or I’m singing along to songs, music is a guaranteed mood-booster and, coincidentally, helps me concentrate on tasks in hand. Luckily, running my own business, I can do this without offending anyone!
Sleeping well. Gosh I do love my sleep! Aiming for a good eight hours of sleep each night noticeably increases my positive attitude and productivity.
Improving my knowledge. Reading and researching topics, from climate change and social justice to equality, feminism and history are all of real interest to me. Just reading a little each day, whether books, reports or having conversations with others about these important issues, help me realise others care and we can, together, address problems and work out solutions.
Surrounding myself with like-minded people. Spending time with people I like and respect and having conversations about topics of mutual interest gets my brain going and boosts my cheer no end. And it’s okay if opinions differ; that’s where disruptive thinking and healthy debate can spark ideas and solutions. These healthy relations and connections that I have built all contribute to my overall well-being and happiness.
And last, but not least, saying thank you! After all, it’s one of the first phrases we learn as children, and sadly it’s often neglected, undervalued or completely forgotten both personally and in business. When was the last time you received or sent a handwritten card, note or even made a phone call to simply say thank you to someone that has helped you?
I’m ever so grateful for the good people and things in my life and I’ve a running gratitude list in my head at all times. But, every now and then, I’ll send a thank you text, note, or gift simply because I know it’ll make that person smile.
What are your tips to becoming and staying happy, and how does it impact your every day life personally and professionally?