Happiness does not mean to lead free life without obstacle. Your life will always have obstacles. Instead, it is about learning how to change what you focus on and how you react to circumstances, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Happiness is a mental state of well-being that comes from focusing more often on the behaviours, people, and things that will inspire your positive mental, physical and emotional growth.
Here are 10 steps which lead to live a happier life:
Step One: Exercise
Yes, you have heard it before, but in this regard, exercise is one basic change that yields really big, life-changing benefits. It is a fantastic energizer, invigorating both your mind and body. Exercise improves your sleep, and it is a natural anti-depressant that will help your behaviour and outlook. As time passes, you will gain the added bonus of being happier with your physical appearance as well. If working out is already a part of your life, great. If it is not committed to walk just twenty minutes every other day to start out—you do not have to join a gym, sign up for exhausting classes, and completely reorder your life to reap the benefits of this investment.
Step Two: Take Charge of Your Mind
If you want your thoughts and attitudes to be positive and optimistic, you must fill your brain with encouraging ideas. For it, you should consider making motivational books and audio recordings as part of your daily ritual, too. It sounds incredibly hokey, but listening to a motivational CD during your morning commute or reading motivational messages for fifteen minutes can put you in a positive place all day.
Step Three: Celebrate Success
Many people tend to focus a lot of mental energy on the things that go wrong rather than the things that go well. Instead of beating yourself up, start celebrating your many successes. Relax regarding the things that do not go perfectly, and celebrate everything that does. The cycle of negativity that focuses on failures will keep you from becoming a truly relaxed, content, and happy person.
Step Four: Eliminate Excess Stress
Undue stress prevents you from living in and enjoying life. It can also cause negative long-term effects ranging from high blood pressure and insomnia to depression and anxiety. If you cannot eliminate or change a stressor, such as a job you hate but cannot afford to quit, challenge yourself to handle it differently. Decide beforehand how you will react in a more enlightened way when certain stressful situations occur. Having a game plan in place beforehand can reduce your negative reactions to stressors—big time.
Step Five: Live in the Present
If you are ruminating on what already happened or fretting about what might come to pass, you are not enjoying the moment. You are exacerbating your anxiety and unhappiness by choosing to dwell on things you cannot change or control. Forgive others and yourself for any wrongs you might be holding on to and stop dreading the future. Over time, you’ll start to live the adventurous, wonderful life in the present you were always meant to.
Step Six: Hang Around Positive People
We influence and are also influenced by the people we hang around. Gradually, you need to gravitate more towards the ‘Positives’ and distance yourself from the ‘Negatives.’ This might mean calling a positive friend and asking to meet up for coffee or a beer, or walking away from the water cooler when your co-workers begin to complain. Negative and pessimistic people will inevitably pass their unhealthy attitudes on to you.
Step Seven: Strengthen Close Relationships
This is always worth-putting work into improving close relations because the quality of the relations you have with the people you are the closest to can make or break the quality of your life. Supportive relationships based upon love will improve your outlook and well-being. Address any unresolved grievances and apologize for the things you may regret. Most of all put more work into the relationship with your significant other than you do into anything else: It can make such a great difference in your emotional health, your stress levels, and your overall happiness.
Step Eight: Be Friendly
Extending simple human kindness to other people can make a huge difference in their lives and in that of your. Everyone on earth is carrying some sort of burden. You cannot make their pain, stress, or grief just magically disappear, but you can make others feel just a little bit lighter and happier on their journey. When you make friendliness as part of your habit, you will attract kindness and smiles in return, and you will feel great about yourself for making a positive difference in the world!
Step Nine: Give Back
It is really better to give than to receive. Giving does not have to involve money, either; your time, talents, and compassion are just as valuable as cash, if not more so. We are all busy—but as often as you can; make the effort to do something nice to help another person or organization. Whether you are giving time, energy, money, or encouragement, being generous will build up your self-esteem, broaden your perspective, keep you anchored in reality, and connect you to your blessings.
Step Ten: Be Grateful
While living with an attitude of gratitude—is a clichéd concept. But across the board, grateful people are happier and healthier; yes, studies have actually shown that thankful individuals are healthier too! It’s extremely important to be aware of all of your blessings, and to honour and thank those whom you owe for them. The humility that comes from knowing you owe so much to so many others may, in turn, give back more often to those less fortunate than yourself.