Happiness Habits – Day 25: Keep A Journal To Practice Gratitude

Happiness Habits – Day 25: Keep A Journal To Practice Gratitude

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that feeling grateful and acknowledging all the good things in our lives boosts our overall feelings of happiness. Of all the habits highlighted in this Challenge, showing and experiencing more gratitude raises mood faster and more durably than nearly anything else. However, like all habits, it’s all well and fine to resolve to feel more gratitude and become happier. Putting it into action might be a little easier said than done. Thankfully (yes, pun intended!), I can recommend a simple little tool that will...

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Happiness Habits – Day 24: Trade Things For Experiences

Happiness Habits – Day 24: Trade Things For Experiences

Continuing the theme from yesterday, what if you didn’t acquire things that need to be thrown or given away in the first place? We live in a material society where our main goal seems to be to acquire more stuff. We buy bigger cars, bigger houses, and of course, lots and lots of stuff to fill these houses. The subconscious drive is to buy happiness by buying more stuff. We’ve been living this way in the western world for quite some time. But are we really happier with all those material possessions? Less is more More and more people are...

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Happiness Habits – Day 23: Happiness In Simplicity

Happiness Habits – Day 23: Happiness In Simplicity

In my last post I talked getting to your foundation with meditation, and finding quiet in your mind. Today, I want to take that one step further, and make your meditation practice a little easier. The idea is to find happiness in simplicity. Vacations can be so relaxing because we escape from most of our “stuff” and the responsibilities that come with it. You don’t have to worry about all sorts of projects and chores around the house and can just relax and enjoy the space you are in. You’re away from appointments, work, and being...

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Happiness Habits – Day 22: Meditating Your Way To A Happier You

Happiness Habits – Day 22: Meditating Your Way To A Happier You

Yesterday, I talked about living in the moment. When you focus on the past or the future obsessively, you get stressed. And stress is such a buzz kill! Nothing will bring you down quicker than feeling stressed out. It keeps you from sleeping well, staying productive, and getting in a good mood. You can pretty safely conclude that reducing stress increases happiness. One of the best ways to bring your stress levels down and increase your joy is to mediate. Great Benefits Package In addition to reducing stress and increasing happiness,...

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Happiness Habits – Day 21: Live In the Moment

Happiness Habits – Day 21: Live In the Moment

You’re going along, whistling or singing a happy tune, not a care in the world, and then…”oh *^#!! Did I forget to pay that bill?! Argh! Late fees!” Or, “I’ve got that project due tomorrow – I wonder if it’s good enough? Will I finish on time?” One of the fastest way to stop any feeling of happiness in its track is to worry. We worry about things that haven’t happened yet, and we worry about things in the past that we can do nothing about. It’s sad to think about how many happy moments we...

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Happiness Habits – Day 20: Stop Complaining. Take Action.

Happiness Habits – Day 20: Stop Complaining. Take Action.

Since starting this 30 Day Happiness Challenge here on the blog and via email, I’ve been a lot more aware of the happiness of the people around me. I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing. I find myself looking at and listening to people more closely; I pay more attention to their actions, their words, and their (expressed) feelings, and how that seems to correlate. It’s been interesting and has given me some fresh perspectives on this whole happiness thing. Something that’s stood out in the past few weeks is that the people that seem the...

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