12 Aug 10 Habits for a Happier Life
For some of us (arguably, a lot of us), happiness hasn’t come naturally. Whether we’ve struggled with depression, addiction issues or a lifelong bout of low-grade melancholia, daily life may feel more like a ride on the Titanic than a pleasure cruise.
But that’s okay. Some roads are rockier than others — some journeys, longer. But even if it doesn’t come easily, happiness is worth the struggle. It’s worth striving, working, fighting to feel better.
The truth is, for many people, happiness is a choice. And as with anything worthwhile, it starts with habits. That may not sound sexy (no instant gratification involved) but it works. Living a joyful life is always a possibility, but it’s a matter of choice, consistency and change.
So to help you on the road to a brighter life, here are 10 happy habits that, when implemented, can make a major difference in your mood.
(Note: If you suffer from depression, never be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to do it alone, and getting better may require professional help.)
10. Be mindful.
Live your moments. The now is all that matters, and it’s all you’re guaranteed. In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Pay attention to where you are, what’s happening,
Laughter is the best medicine. Seriously — science says so. Studies suggest humor can lower cortisol, protect against heart disease and even assist with memory recall. So laugh it up, every chance you get.
8. Be outside as often as possible.
Human beings weren’t meant to stay glued to a computer, living life in the AC under artificial lights. Mother Nature is our life partner, and neglecting her is a major mistake. Nature even boosts brain function, and the out-of-doors can work wonders on a miserable mood. The indoors, not so much. Vitamin D is a must.
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