The idea of true happiness differs from person to person. For some, happiness means being at peace with who and where they are. For others, true happiness is finally seeing life plans falling to place. However, regardless of what your definition of happiness is, there are some habits you can adopt today to make you a happier person. So, what habits put you on the journey to Nirvana? Here are four practices to make you a happier you today!
- Keep a gratitude journal
Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts, express yourself, and make plans. Keeping a gratitude journal gives you the chance to express the joys of your life, no matter how big or small. Jotting down the little things that have made you happy every day is a small way to overcome the emotional upsets you may have. It also brings you to the realization that there is always something to be happy about! Besides writing them down, you can keep a photo journal. Apps such as ForKeeps help you create a digital album, easily accessible on your devices. Therefore, you can capture moments and other things you are grateful for.
- Declutter your space
Yes, you read that right! Developing the habit of decluttering once in a while can make you happier. According to scientists, being around clutter has adverse effects on your mental health, as it can increase stress levels and lower self-control. However, decluttering elevates your feelings of accomplishment and productivity, making you happier. It also brings about a sense of order and organization, which gives you a free mind. Therefore, do not see decluttering as one of the many daunting chores you need to do. Instead, view it as an activity that would help you be a happier person.
- Go on “ghost mode”
Sometimes, ditching your phone is a great way to be happier. The biggest distraction most people deal with today is their phones. There is always someone to text, a story to follow, social media trends to update yourself on, etc. As great as phones are, it is important to unplug. Turn off your notifications or delete apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to take a break from the adverse effects these apps may have. You can pick up other activities, such as going for a walk, meeting some friends, reading a book, or meditating.
- Practice self-care
Unfortunately, this fast-paced world has made it easy to forget to take care of yourself from time to time. Self-care, contrary to what many may think, is not an act of selfishness at all. It is essential to give your mind and body the TLC it deserves. Take some time to take a nice warm relaxing bath, adopt a skincare routine, cuddle up with some wine to binge-watch your favorite movies and show. You should also consider exercising and healthy eating in your self-care routine.
Being a happier person is not a challenge, and these four habits would set you on the right path. And, don’t forget to smile!
Thank you for reading!