Did you know you can cultivate happiness through daily habits? By incorporating positive practices into your daily routine, you can enhance your mindset and overall well being and of course, be in a state of happiness.
Here, I will explore four simple yet powerful habits that happy people embrace. These habits encompass various aspects of life, from mental and emotional well being to physical health and personal growth.
By adopting these habits, you can embark on a journey towards lasting happiness. Some of these tips or tricks might not work for you and that’s okay. You won’t ever know what works until you try. And it just may be that idea that sounds the most silly is the one you find most powerful.
1. Cultivating gratitude. Happy individuals regularly express gratitude for the blessings in their lives. They focus on appreciating what they have rather than dwelling on what they lack. If you’re anything like me, trying to balance a range of mental health tasks every day can sometimes be challenging.
What I found works for me is an Instagram group message I joined where we are prompted every day by its administrator to share our three gratitudes daily. It’s run by The Good Human Factory and can be accessed worldwide.
Whilst I don’t always share my gratitudes within the group, it is a daily reminder to think about what I am grateful for. I find something in every day to be happy for even on the harder days. There are so many ways to do this and this is the particular way I find that works for me.
2. Practising mindfulness. Happy people embrace the present moment and engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. This helps them stay grounded and attentive to their thoughts and emotions.
Did you know that you don’t necessarily have to stay still to meditate?
I find a lot of my clients tell me they can’t sit still for long periods of time but, you can totally get into a meditative state whilst walking, painting or even dancing. If sitting still isn’t for you, or you’re wanting to work up to minutes of stillness, why not throw on a walking meditation from YouTube or Spotify to calm your mind?
3. Practising self-compassion. Practising self-compassion is a transformative habit that allows happy individuals to approach themselves with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. It helps them navigate challenges with resilience, embrace personal growth, and foster a deep sense of self-worth and happiness. By extending compassion to themselves, they create a strong foundation for well-being and positive relationships with others.
Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of mindfulness to cultivate self-awareness. Almost every day, I take moments throughout the day to check in with myself, observe my thoughts and emotions without judgement and acknowledge any areas where I might be struggling or in need of compassion.
To most people, I look like I’m daydreaming but really I’m taking mental notes and reflecting.
To start, I think of a difficult situation I have been in. I allow whatever emotions I feel to rise to the surface. Instead of pushing them away, I allow them to linger and I explore these emotions. I call on my Higher Self to provide words of wisdom.
Wherever comes to mind really. This helps me to show a little compassion to myself.
4. Embracing optimism. Happy people have a positive outlook on life. They focus on possibilities, approach challenges with optimism, and believe in their ability to overcome obstacles. Psychologist Martin Seligman believes that optimism can even be learned!
Learned optimism involves recognising that setbacks are temporary, specific to certain situations and not indicative of personal shortcomings.
There’s one strategy that I am constantly using and that is positive reframing. We all have those negative voices inside our heads telling us we aren’t good enough or that we will never succeed.
I practise reframing negative situations by focusing on the potential for growth, learning, or positive outcomes.
Look for opportunities within challenges and view setbacks as temporary obstacles rather than permanent failures. Some may even call this the glass half full method!
By incorporating these habits into your daily life, you can create a wonderful and fulfilling journey towards happiness and well-being.
Embracing these practices will bring more joy, positivity, and fulfilment to your everyday experiences. You'll discover a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation for the beauty that surrounds you. So, why not give them a try and embark on this exciting path towards a happier and more satisfying life?
Amber Clarke is a Mindset Coach and founder of Miracle Mindset Coaching.