Happiness is not a one-time act, but a persistent habit. The secret of lasting happiness, then, can be found in your daily habits. I hope this list of good habits inspires you to start creating big happiness in your life every single day.
“Healthy habits are learned in the same way as unhealthy ones – through practice.” – Wayne Dyer
We are what we repeatedly do. We feed our habits every day whether we realize it or not, and these little behaviors are responsible for manifesting big happiness or unhappiness in our lives.
The good news is we are responsible for our habits. Though it can be difficult to break an old, bad habit, it’s always possible to make a change. It’s always possible to start feeding the good habits.
Here are a few ideas to help you be happier. Focus on one habit at a time that speaks to you. Find little ways to remind yourself about this new habit. Give it time and energy. Look at it every day. Be patient and be willing to change your life. It’s so worth it.
7 Good Habits for Big Happiness
The best way to get things done is to simply begin.
Muster up the courage to start something when you’re not ready, because it’s never going to be the perfect time to start anyway. One of the best things I’ve ever done was start blogging, and guess what? I wasn’t ready.
Every moment is a chance to begin again, so don’t be scared that you’re ever in the wrong place or time for new beginnings. Right here and right now is the perfect chance to start fresh. Have a little faith. You already have everything you need to get where you want to be, and you will learn more as you go.
2. Do your best.
When it comes to the things you really want in life, you will make time for them and you will work hard for them. It’s all about priorities. If you want to do something that’s worth doing and you want to go somewhere that’s worth going, you will find a way.
Nothing is impossible, but big dreams will challenge your faith, as they should.
If you do your best, you have nothing to fear and nothing to regret, only milestones to celebrate and experiences to be grateful for.
3. Stay true.
If you stay true to your path, you will not doubt where you are on the journey. Regret is rarely a symptom of people who choose to honor their truth. Peace and confidence, on the other hand, are common side-effects of being genuine.
Pursue a life that feels like your own, because no one else is walking the exact same path as you. If you ever feel like you’re not on the right path, be open to new forks in the road and know that you can always begin again.
And to be perfectly honest, life is so much easier when you’re honest. So be true to yourself and be truthful with others. Speak and act and live with sincerity; in other words, say what you mean and mean what you say.
4. Be the change.
Be what you want to see. The thoughts you think and the words you speak matter a lot, but this is more than a habit; this is about how you live your life every single day.
People learn more from what you are than what you teach. With every word, you teach. With every action, you teach. In every moment, you are teaching. People are watching you and listening to you. Set a good example, one you would be happy to set.
You can and you will change lives through what you do each day.
This good habit also means that you make a point of bringing yourself fully to the moment, rather than letting the moment define you. You take responsibility for your experience and you own it, good or bad. You can bring meaning to suffering, light to darkness, passion to the mundane, and hope to hard times.
Being what you wish to see is truly a life-changing quality.
5. Appreciate everything.
Appreciation connects us to the present moment and to all good things in life. I’ve also found that the more in tune with everything I am, the more thankful I am for it. In this way, appreciation is the cause and effect of a deep connection to life.
Gratitude allows us to experience the fullness of life–the good and the bad. This is a good thing. Understanding the darkness develops compassion, and knowing the night allows us to see the stars.
Through appreciation, mistakes become lessons and pain becomes power.
6. Use your strengths.
Know what you’re good at and put it into regular practice in all areas of your life.
Positive Psychology has found that the happiest people are those who have discovered their unique strengths (like perspective and self-control) and virtues (like humanity and love) and use those strengths and virtues for a purpose greater than their own personal goals.
Dr. Martin Seligman writes about the discovery and application of these strengths and virtues in his book, Authentic Happiness, which I highly recommend.
7. Be a force for good.
Be a positive influence on the world around you, by being positive. Spread seeds of kindness wherever you go. Give what you can when you can, without wanting anything in exchange. Love above all else, and you will make a valuable difference in every life you meet.
Helping to heal others in turn helps us heal ourselves. We are connected on a deep level, and when we penetrate the superficiality of the world, we connect to the intrinsic goodness that’s in all of us.
- Which of these good habits are you practicing today?
- Do you have any practices you’d like to add to this list?
- How can you manifest true happiness in your daily life?
- What have you learned so far on your happiness journey?
Please share your thoughts, habits, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments.
Share this with someone who deserves big happiness in their life.
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