There are many different things you can do to be happier. How about we list some of them? Here I gathered 25 little things you can add to your day that will improve your life and put a smile on your face and on your heart.
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I’ve been pretty obsessed with building a better life for myself. As human psychology dictates (for most of us, I think), I wanted to start from a huge impactful change and reach my happiness peak in no time.
However, as it usually is with huge changes, it was too much and I ended up not following through. It’s difficult to go from a life of eating junk, no workout whatsoever and Netflix binging to a fitness freak with perfect eating habits and healthy social life. It just was too drastic.
That lead me to consider alternative paths, and that’s when I started researching and looking into atomic habits. This term comes from “Atomic Habits” book by James Clear, and it basically means little easy positive habits that with consistency change your life for the better.
There are a lot of very small things you can easily do daily. The secret is that, even if you don’t see the change right away, stacked all together in time they create much more impactful and long-lasting results. That’s the secret.
That’s why you should remember: don’t try to add all of these to your daily routine at once. Start small, but keep on it and you’ll see the change happening.
Get Enough Sleep
This is always a crucial one. If you’re not well rested, you won’t be at your best. Sleep affects your mood, your immune system, your health, your work, your weight, and even your confidence.
Less Screen Time
Technology is amazing and it has brought us so many fantastic things. But as with everything, too much technology is not good. Put away your cell phone, walk away from your laptop, and even take off your earbuds. Overcome the initial feeling of going back to your technology, and enjoy a little bit of the world and people around you.
Drink More Water
Stand up, go to the kitchen, fill a glass of water and drink it. Drink it all. I promise you’ll feel better afterward! Your body will thank you so much in the long and short run if you hydrate it regularly. Plus often when you’re hungry, sleepy, tired or even grumpy you’re actually thirsty, so drinking water is a cool trick to snap out of those awful states.
Stop And Smell The Roses
I don’t mean it literally (I mean, if you can literally smell some fresh roses every day, that also works great! whatever fits you). No, but what I really mean is, take some time during the day to just stop and savor the moment.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude journals really changed the way I look at the world and helped me to develop a more positive attitude. Just realizing how many things you actually have in your life to be grateful for feels like an eye-opening miracle.
Deliver Yourself from Inner Negativity
I’m sure if you pay attention to yourself, you’ll notice that there is some negative talk living within you. Pay close attention to your own thoughts and stop yourself every time you hear it in your head. This will help you greatly to be less judgmental, bitter and resentful.
Start your day by saying something nice to yourself in the mirror. Even better – make it a positive message to contradict your negative talk and put yourself to the right mindset.
It’s easier than you think and you don’t need a yoga Guru Master to teach you how. Simply find a quiet place and spend 5 minutes listening to yourself, and focus on your breathing. That’s it. Meditation helps to lower stress levels, as well as to clear your head.
No matter if it’s just taking a small walk after lunch, or going to the gym for 3 hours and smashing those weights, while you impress everybody with your huge deltoids. Keep your body moving and your energy flowing.
Make a To Do List
Plan your day, or maybe just write down your daily tasks. This will help you to unload, to evaluate your day and of course to be more in control. Hey, maybe even start a Bullet Journal!
Learn Something New
Learning keeps our brain active and young! Learn a new word, a new way to use your empty notebook, a new language, a new skill, anything! We live in the Internet era! There’s nothing we can’t learn from it. Including how to be awesome at Bullet Journaling.
It’s been long proven that your facial expressions are connected with your moods. So if you smile you’ll eventually feel happier. Use it to add a bit more joy to every day. It literally costs you nothing.
Light a Candle
There is no reason to keep that collection of beautiful candles without using any (says Masha as she looks guiltily at her unopened pack of Thai incense…). Just try lighting an aromatic candle when you come home from work. The warm glow and calming smell will create a very special atmosphere. But remember to put it out before you go to sleep! Safety first!
Listen To Your Favorite Song
Maybe even sing along and dance. Why not? Crank it up and let yourself loose! Your living room is as good as any disco out there. And free!
Read a Book
Reading is a great way to disconnect with the world and suddenly find yourself in a new unexplored universe and learn new things. Set maybe even just 15 minutes a day to read a few pages.
Find Time For Things That Make You Happy
What are your hobbies? Gaming, crochet, cooking? Whatever it is, find some time during your day to indulge in something that brings you joy.
Have Nuts As Your Snack
Nuts have serotonin so they can actually improve your mood. Make it a habit to have some almonds or pecans (I personally love pistachios!) as your midday snack.
Eat A Fruit
It’s not just good for your health and well being, I bet it’ll also give you an extra boost for being so good and choosing a healthy snack.
Slow Down While Eating
Like your momma told you: eat slowly and chew all your food. Slow down and give yourself a chance to enjoy your tasty meal and savor all the flavors. Be mindful and grateful for little things like the food you’re having.
Play With Kids
Ever since I started working in a school I realized how amazingly energizing kids can be. They’ll most definitely put a smile on your face and make you put in perspective your problems, reminding you how pure and beautifully innocent childhood is.
Have a Pick Me Up Activity
The afternoon slump is a real deal, and it can basically kill the rest of the day. So think of a little something to pick you up and get back on track. Maybe some of those kitty YouTube videos, a nice cup of herbal tea or good coffee? A short nap?
Make it a habit to floss, in the long run, it will pay off immensely!
Add Motivation To Your Life
Add a motivational postcard to your makeup table, or use a quote that motivated you as your phone wallpaper. Mine is “THIS IS SPARTA!”
Listen To Podcasts
Podcasts are great to listen to while doing something else, like cooking or driving. Choose something you like and get your daily dose of happy vibes from them.
Start A Journal
This is such a useful and impactful practice. Use your journal to write down your gratitude, or maybe positive events during the day, or even just compliments you receive. Make it your little book of awesome!
What habits and tricks do you have in your life to make it better and yourself happier? Share with us in the comments section below!
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