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Happiness doesn’t have to be hard to get. We complicate this search needlessly by trying to do too much. If instead we’d focus on adopting little habits and making small changes, we’d find that happiness is easily up for the taking. Here’s a list of 14 little habits that can help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
1. Sleep well every day.
Get eight hours of sleep on average. And don’t say that’s too much. Sleep helps your mind and body relax, and prevents sleeping disorders which can make you sleepy and unproductive during the daytime.
2. Wake up early.
Preferably around sunrise. The number of successful people who are early risers is staggering. Someone who wakes up before others has more than just a headstart. They have unbridled access to peace, quiet, and happiness.
3. Write a journal regularly.
Journaling is an effective way to clarify your thoughts and feelings. The simple act of putting pen to paper gives you greater insight on the things bothering you and a way to know and explore yourself more.
4. Note three things that you’re thankful for.
Gratitude has a direct line of contact with happiness, as many scientific studies have shown. Saying thank you more frequently will help improve your mood and keep you in a positive frame of mind.
5. Spend more time in nature.
It’s a refreshing break from the usual city sightings of brick, concrete, and mortar. It’s also been scientifically shown that spending time in nature reduces negative thoughts about yourself.
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6. Get out of the house more often.
You don’t have to go out into nature all the time, but you should step outside the house as often as you can. There are negative benefits associated with spending all your time under artificial lights.
7. Spend some money on others.
Treat your friends or colleagues to a cup of coffee or take them out for a movie. This act of kindness towards someone else will make you feel better, especially if you’ve had a rough day.
8. Drink coffee.
Yes, caffeine in excessive amounts is harmful, but the right amount of coffee can help improve your mood and make you more alert. Especially great for when you’re tired and stressed out.
9. Pick up a new hobby.
If all you do every day is oscillate between home and office, you’re not going to have enough reasons to be happy. Spend time pursuing other interests, be it photography or pottery.
10. Read something every day.
Books are a rich source of knowledge and wisdom. While fiction encourages us to empathize with other people — many of who are very different from us, non-fiction gives us enriching knowledge about subjects that matter to us.
11. Clean your room regularly.
Cleaning a space up can be a highly relaxing experience. The simple act of clearing physical clutter acts as a symbol of clearing up the mental clutter, which usually includes a lot of unnecessary thoughts.
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12. Turn a dear ear to gossip.
Most of what makes up gossip is useless. Talking about people behind their backs, such as complaining about them and whining about stuff they said, just drains your energy. This energy can instead be used on more purposeful things.
13. Go on small holidays.
Staying stuck in a place and doing similar things over and over again are a recipe for disaster. Taking off on vacations and exposing yourself to new sights, sounds, and smells rejuvenate the senses and make you feel fresh and energized.
14. Spend more time with people.
It’s unfortunate that so much of our life plays out over the internet. Whatever interaction we have with people offline is quite superficial. We’d be much happier if we spent more time with people at homes, coffee shops, and pubs.