“Happiness is a habit – Cultivate it.” – Elbert Hubbard

Have you ever thought you had it all figured out?

That is, you had happiness all figured out?  I thought that if I followed societal scripts and landed my corporate job it would make me happy.  Maybe you even thought if you followed a script or a plan that you would end happy as well.  (Dream job, partner, house, and so on)

But have you noticed that sometimes when you achieve your goals that your happiness comes with an expiration?

I know I’ve noticed this.

It wasn’t until I woke up depressed at the ripe age of 30 that I realized that I had chased happiness my whole life.  I was left wondering, “Will I ever be happy?”

I also felt extremely guilty for feeling this way.  Why?

Because I knew I had so much to be grateful for.  So why on earth did I feel unhappy?

My life slowly began to change when I realized that happiness is something you create.  Creating happiness is a habit and anyone with the right mindset can create happiness.

13 Daily Habits for a Happier Life

 1.  Your Mornings Are Sacred

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.  Create a morning routine that leaves you feeling energized, focused and calm.

I suggest starting off with one activity for 5-10 minutes and gradually adding on a few more activities until you have a routine that is approximately 30 minutes.

2.  Surround Yourself With Happy People

You are the average of the people you spend the most time with.  If you surround yourself with folks who are negative and unwilling to create happiness in their own lives; I suggest you change your circle.

People’s energy and emotions are contagious.  If you wish to be happy then it’s imperative you surround yourself with happy people.

3.  The Art Of Letting Go

Let go of emotions, people and things that do not serve your happiness agenda.  When you let go of whatever it is that is holding you back from experiencing more joy in life, you create the space for new and better experiences to come rushing in.

4.  Gratitude

Having an attitude of gratitude isn’t just merely expressing gratitude and what you appreciate.  It’s a feeling; a way of being.  By cultivating an attitude of gratitude you make having enough a feast.  Gratitude is a wonderful way to humble your soul and fuel more happiness in your life.

5.  Make New Friends

When you make new friends, you gain a whole new perspective on life.  You get to grow in ways you may have never grown before and you get to connect with others in a new way.

I know making new friends can be a scary thing to do.  But it all starts with a smile.  Make it a point to smile at everyone you see.  You never know what a simple smile will lead to in life.

6.  Self-Care

Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.  I suggest you start investing in your own self-care routine.  What are three things you can do for yourself every day to ensure that you take better care of yourself?

Remember, when you’re not caring for yourself, you can’t care and serve others to the best of your ability.

7.  Down Time

In our chaotically fast paced world we live in, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and to run on overdrive for year after year.  What I suggest is that you slow down.  Take a nap, go to bed earlier, curl up on the couch with a book and so on.

8.  Dream About Life

Think big, dream big.  Often, we lose our imaginative selves as we get older.  Call your playful imagination back and dream.  The act of daydreaming about what you really want out of life and the way you want to feel is an extremely powerful exercise and tool for happiness.

Allow yourself to entertain the what if’s and possibilities of life.

9.  Believe That Others Have Good Intentions

Can you read minds?  If you can, we should talk!  But I am going to assume you cannot and therefore it’s time to get over the idea that you “know” why people do what they do and say what they say.  Resist the urge of assigning evil notions to others.

10. Smile

A study I stumbled upon recently suggested that children under the age of 2 years old smile an average of 400 times a day.  Whereas, adults over the age of 25 years old, smile on average of 15 times a day!  Holy Hell!

For goodness sake, smile at strangers, smile to yourself, smile just to smile.   It will brighten the room and elevate your mood all at the same time!

11. Simplify

Simplify your schedule, your to-do list, your obligations, the possessions you have and so on. Simplicity is bliss.  Less is more.

12.  Take Care Of Your Body

Just like creating a morning routine, create a sleep routine.  Ensure that you get enough rest that your body requires every single night!  To learn more about sleep routines, click here.

Feed your body nutritious foods.  Not “food” that comes out of a wrapper.  Food that is wholesome.  When you feed your body properly you’ll notice an increase in your energy levels.

Exercise regularly.  Just like you plan a dinner, schedule the times you will work out.  Our bodies are meant to work, not to be sedentary.

13.  Read

Fill your mind up with inspiring, thoughtful and happy material.  Challenge your beliefs, learn new material that entice inspiring action in your life.  Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you get to stop growing and learning.  Learn something new every single day by picking up a book!

Happiness is something you create.  I hope these 13 habits will help you create more happiness in your day-to-day life.

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