Leading a happy life is what we all aim for, but are you hitting the goal? Certain choices, behaviours and attitudes are scientifically backed to help, so let’s take a look at 7 tips to make you happier.
Though it’s a positive choice to invest in your wellbeing financially, balance is key to finding the time to enjoy life. ‘All work and no play’ often means you miss out on life’s little pleasures, many of which are entirely free. Aim to prioritise leisure time, as much as you do work, in order to foster satisfaction in your daily routine.
Relationships are key.
Living in a world where people trust and support you, while having the opportunity to give back, offers the foundation that happiness is built on.
2. Relationships are key
It makes sense that many of the happiest countries in the world are among the wealthiest, however, a primary reason is strong relationships. Living in a world where people trust and support you, while having the opportunity to give back, offers the foundation that happiness is built on.
3. Perform acts of kindness
For similar reasons, performing acts of kindness gives you a sense of usefulness and purpose. People who choose to volunteer their time, help out friends and donate to causes tend to look on the brighter side of life, as they’re contributing to the greater good.
We all know we should exercise more and eat well, to maintain and increase health. But, how often do you actually break a sweat? Apart from triggering ‘feel good’ endorphins, exercise helps you think clearly, in order to make balanced decisions towards happiness.
5. Slow down
You’re never going to notice how wonderful life is, without slowing down to experience it. The rush of work, school, chores and obligations is a never-ending cycle that only increases, unless you press pause on the momentum. Something as simple as taking a break to sit on the grass to eat lunch, fosters mindfulness and peace.
Buy experiences instead of things and exercise.
6. Buy experiences instead of things
Though we might think a brand new TV gives us inspiration, it’s often short lived because the next model is only an advertisement away. Experiences, whether they be travel, family get-togethers, learning a new skill or playing with your dog, create a lifetime of memories to draw on, for a happier life.
7. Be in the present moment
Stress and anxiety often stems from an inability to be in the present moment. When we’re caught up in thoughts, we’re less able to deal with problems, because we’re tackling future or past scenarios that have little to do with reality. Tools such as yoga, meditation, breathing and simply stopping to ‘smell the roses’, lead the way towards proactive, positive thinking and, ultimately, happiness.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.
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