12 Daily Habits That Can Boost Happiness
Are you struggling to find joy in your everyday life? If so, you’re not alone. No one is responsible for our happiness but us. Many people have a difficult time achieving happiness, and yet it’s critical for our health and well-being—happiness can reduce stress, lessen anxiety, lower our blood pressure, improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our immune systems, and help us sleep better. Some studies show that being happy can even lead to us feeling less pain. Happiness can also cause us to feel more optimistic, enhance our productivity and problem-solving skills, and improve our relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Life is full of ups and downs however maintaining healthy routines and positive thinking practices on a regular basis can help us weather those storms.
With all of that in mind, here are nine things you can do on a daily basis to help you start feeling happier:
- Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids (and avoid skipping meals and eating deep-fried or highly processed foods).
- Sleep for at least seven hours each night.
- Use breathing exercises whenever you begin feeling stressed.
- Put away items in the proper place to eliminate clutter in your home and workplace.
- Spend time with friends and family, whether in person or over the phone.
- Make a list of the things you’re grateful for.
- Smile even when you’re not feeling happy.
- Pay someone a compliment.
- Volunteer- help someone in need.
- Spend time in daily scripture if you are a believer.
- Identify positive affirmations
It’s Time to Get Happy
If you feel like you have been stuck for sometime, and looking for ways to become a happier person, contact us today. We can identify together how therapy could help support you. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on distorted thoughts and views we have of our circumstances and gives you tools to replace them with more realistic, healthier ways of viewing our experiences. Overtime these changes in thinking and behaving can prevent and reduce depression, stress, anger, and anxiety related disorders. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you take the first step toward enhancing your quality of life.