Happiness isn’t a one-time act; it’s a dedicated practice, a preference, and a devotion. What are some of the things happy people do on a regular basis to sustain their power to lead an intentional life? I can give you three straight answers right now; these are the practiced habits that will support your capacity to choose happiness on a consistent basis, instead of once in a while when the timing is right.
“Life is a journey. And if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” – Peter Hagerty
We lose our way. We lose balance. Always remind yourself that you can begin again. Let your happiness be a journey. Please trust me when I tell you that this is a worthwhile journey to be on. It’s not always easy in the struggle or satisfying in the moment, but it’s worth walking.
Of course, there are plenty more things happy people do each day for a sustainable connection to joy, but here are three things that I consider to be key ingredients of an authentic, happy life.
3 Things Happy People Do Consistently (Not Once in a While)
1. Make mindfulness a go-to support system.
Whenever a feeling of guilt or regret starts creeping in, I consciously pause and become mindful of the moment—not necessarily what’s going on in my life right now, but just this one, still, all-encompassing present moment. I sometimes close my eyes and link up with my own presence, because I know it’s the only time that positive change can be activated. I savor something that puts a smile on my face, affirm that all is well with my soul, or take a few deep breaths.
No matter where we’d like to be or what we’d like to do, we must always start right here.The deeper your connection to the present, the deeper your connection to your soul. Click To Tweet
2. Make appreciation a focal point, a foundation.
Whenever a feeling of overwhelm starts creeping in, I literally say to myself, “I am grateful.” I stay here until I truly feel the appreciation sweep over, come through me, and I offer my sincere thanks to Life itself for the beautiful people and experiences I’ve been blessed to know. I offer up my gratitude to the universe, and I recommend you do the same (only because it really works). Write it down, if you must.Through the sincere expression of your gratitude, you sync your perspective with every blessing. Click To Tweet
3. Take loving responsibility for your worthiness.
Taking responsibility for how your life unfolds on the inside certainly doesn’t mean everything is your fault. This isn’t about fault, in any case. This is about taking back your power to change your reality and prioritize a brighter future because you know you’re worthy of experiencing that. You’re here, which means you’re worthy of being alive, which also means you’re worthy of experiencing what that feels like—leave out the beauty, and you misunderstand the all-inclusive nature of life.
Whenever I feel like I’ve placed my worth in the perceptions of others, or in an accomplishment, I consciously affirm that I am powerful enough to reclaim my worth.Happiness is a devotional practice. Believing we're worthy of its fruits keeps us going. Click To Tweet
If you’ve been feeling a bit negative lately, and even if you’re feeling really good, keep coming back to these three practices:
- Be mindful.
- Be grateful.
- Affirm your worthiness.
No matter where you are on your happiness journey, you can apply these three practices. Remember, there’s always space to expand and go deeper, and happiness is definitely a practice in living the fullness of your life.
Please share your thoughts, how you incorporate mindfulness and/or appreciation into your daily life, lessons in prioritizing happiness, and any hopeful stories of a positive shift with me in the comments.
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Keep going with curiosity in your head, hope in your heart, and forgiveness in your gaze. You are walking the path.