#2 of An Inspirational Series
Powerful habits to help you unlock the keys to happiness
The keys to happiness seem to be as impossible to find as a teenager without a cell phone.
This is due to a misconception that happiness depends on a change of circumstances like a new job or a better relationship. Sometimes we feel like we have to find happiness in someone or something else.
Vocabulary.com defines happiness as …..
a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment.
This is what everyone wants but few realize that happiness comes from within. It cannot be found anywhere else but in yourself.
You have to accept that you are the first and most important key to being happy. You have to choose to be happy no matter the circumstances.
Confused? No worries. This post hand-holds you through a few simple, but powerful, habits to start you on the road to happiness and joy.
THE KEYS TO HAPPINESS
Here are 5 practical tools to develop to invite happiness and joy into your life.
1. Start a Morning Routine
One of the best keys to happiness is to start the day with a great morning routine.
It’s a gamechanger for your success and productivity. Successful people like Oprah, Barack Obama, and Tony Robbins all subscribe to the power of a regular morning routine to supercharge their days. This is dedicated daily time to work on your personal growth.
Activities to include are:
- Daily Affirmations
- Reading a Spiritual or Personal Development text
A morning routine fuels you with focus, creativity, and positivity. It’s like getting a powerful vitamin shot that boosts you to last all day on a personal high productivity note.
It allows you to accomplish more, effortlessly, and the result is an alignment with your life goals. That is what makes you happy.
2. Positive Mindset
A positive mindset is powerful as it infuses your life with a can-do mentality. You start to live your life with the belief that anything is possible.
A positive mindset:
- Cancels doubt and negativity
- Builds resolve and determination
Develop a positive mindset by starting the day with positive affirmations like these from developgoodhabits.com:
Everything will work out for me.
I am a winner.
The tools I need to succeed are in my possession.
Write out your own and recite them religiously every morning.
Affirmations motivate you to take action to make them come true. Also, try to use positive words no matter the situation. Like I am, I will and I can. Cut out negative words like I can’t, I don’t…, No, never. When faced with a problem, reframe your thoughts to reflect positivity – I can do this project if I have more time.
A positive mindset sets you up for success rather than failure.
3. Personal Growth
Did you know that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Elon Musk attribute their success to their voracious reading habit?
You can have the same contentment brought on by challenging and expanding your mind.
Here are two ways to do this:
- Listen to podcasts
- Watch Ted Talks
Exposure to the life experiences of others inspires and motivates you to strive to realize your goals.
You acquire a personal growth mindset that allows you to meet challenges fearlessly. This, in turn, results in an awareness of your strengths, values, and principles. This self-awareness gives birth to inner peace and contentment and ultimately true happiness.
4. Prioritize your health
An important key to real happiness is to take care of your health.
Treat your body as a temple and follow a diet that is rich in nutrients like superfoods so you function in optimum health.
Do this together with a good exercise program and you will feel as good as a newly serviced sportscar.
Another important step is to go for regular medical checkups so you can make the necessary action if an illness shows up.
There are multiple health benefits of happiness:
- Strengthens the immune system and wards off illness
- Eliminates stress
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes
- Happier people live longer
For more information on the health benefits of happiness, read How Being Happy Makes You Healthier.
5. Give back
Another tool in your happiness toolkit is to embrace the art of doing good.
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Oprah Winfrey all give back.
So why not do the same? You will be able to help to alleviate the suffering of the homeless, the unemployed and the hungry in your own small way.
The best way to serve others is to empower them with skills and opportunities to uplift their lives. For example, if you’re an IT whizz, you could teach basic computer literacy skills to the unemployed.
The payoff for you is in the feel-good factor which boosts your happiness.
Check out 10 Reasons why Giving Back to Society is Important for more on the benefits of giving back.
Enjoy these simple but actionable tools to enable you to expand your happiness and joy. Like what you read? Be sure to share it on your favorite social media platforms so that others can learn the tools to real happiness.
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