You’ve got this!
Making the most out of life and enjoying every minute of it, doesn’t always come easy for most of us. We struggle to find meaning, and often, it takes effort to look for joy. Sure, happiness is a state of mind; an attitude, even. But can happiness also be a consequence of specific habits that we do, either consciously or subliminally?
Although the mere mention of the word ‘habit’, often raises negative thoughts, such as biting your nails or smoking, there can be good habits that will lead to a happier you. So, what good routines can you incorporate into your life, on the regular, to keep that smile constantly on your face?
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep
This is a bit of a no-brainer. Sufficient shut-eye every day is vital for proper physical and emotional functioning. If you get less sleepy time, come morning, you’re bound to be grumpy and irritable. Prolonged lack of sleep will leave you feeling exhausted and looking haggard. So, do yourself a favour and get at least 7 hours of slumber each night.
Remember Elle Woods’ wise words, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t kill their husbands!” Steering clear of the latter part of that famous line, Elle was right. Studies have shown that you need at least 20 minutes of exercise each day to benefit mentally and emotionally. Getting that killer bod is a given if you work out regularly, but being content is a definite win.
Put Your Phone On Silent When With Loved Ones
Spending time with your nearest and dearest is important. But quality of time spent is more important that quantity. If you’re going to be updating your Facebook status or uploading the latest photo you took on Instagram, while your S.O or BFF is trying to make conversation, then you’re not really present. And believe us, they’ll feel your absence, so switch your phone onto silent and talk to your friend IRL. No doubt work commitments may force you to be switched on at all times, but challenge yourself to focus completely on the people in front of you. If this doesn’t work, then it might be a good idea to notify your office that you’ll be otherwise occupied during certain times. You just might be surprised by the amount of respect a move like that will command.
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