In a time where the practice of instant gratification has been perfected, studies have shown that Americans are actually expressing less happiness from their need for immediate satisfaction. That is why we have developed 7 ways you can find a healthier and more balanced path to happiness, and better yet? You can start now!
1. Notice Your Triggers
What thoughts do you have when you start to get stressed? Do you find yourself trying to solve problems that don’t exist or haven’t happened yet? Do start focusing on past regrets? Try writing down these triggers in a journal as a form of release. Then you can become aware of them, pause and wait before head for that instant gratifying feeling that may me hurting you more than helping you. The key is find new habits that empower you.
2. Focus On Your Breathing
Your breath is a powerful and simple way to anchor yourself in the now. Focus on calming and steadying your breath when you start to feel anxious or stressed. Deep, slow breaths in and out and breath counting are great tools to bring you back to the now.
3. Discover Satisfying Pastimes
Find pastimes that are just for you, pastimes that take you out of your current stresses and give you some personal time to relax. Some great activities to consider are yoga, pilates, and running – find something you can enjoy being yourself in.
4. Look to the Future
Recent studies have shown that people who make plans for the future and set goals for themselves that they can strive for, are statistically happier than those who do not project forward. Write down some future goals you have, even if they are small ones, and plan and strive for those.
5. Appreciate Yourself
Take moments throughout the day to reflect and appreciate who you’ve been, who you are now, and who you will become. Set aside a few minutes every few hours where you can give yourself a break and spend some time with just you.
6. Exercise and Diet
Exercise gives you endorphins which not only make you happy, but also decrease stress levels. Whenever you start to notice your triggers for spiraling, go out and walk around the block, or lift some weights. Along the same lines, what you eat directly affects how you feel. If you put good food into your body, you are going to feel better about yourself.
7. Reach Out
Surround yourself with people you know and love. Do a good deed, reach out to a friend, people derive joy from helping others and experiencing their joy. Go out and be social, enjoy being around others, you will immediately see an increase in your personal happiness.
What other methods do you practice to be happy? Share them with us in the comment box below!
Cheers to Happiness,
Dr. Roger Sahoury