5 Habits to Help You Live a Happy Life

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What Is Happiness?

People often confuse pleasure with happiness. Pleasure is a temporary source of happiness but is not synonymous with it. For example, though you might feel happy devouring your favorite meal or cuddling with your significant other, those are moments of pleasure. And pleasure fades more speedily than happiness. You can chase these kinds of experiences, but eventually, it comes to the point where they no longer spark joy. That’s often when you get bored of a certain pleasure activity.

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Be the Best Version of Yourself

There are several ways to achieve true happiness, and one of them is adopting good habits. Habits can make or break you. Here are five that will help you be the best version of yourself and, consequently, live a happier life:

  • Self-reflection. Taking time out to understand yourself is the best way to walk the road toward happiness. You can self-reflect by journaling your thoughts and feelings regularly. You’ll be surprised at how many bad habits you’ll discover that you never noticed before, such as negative self-talk or excessive complaining. Self-reflection enables you to recognize toxic patterns and overcome them.
  • Practice gratitude. Once you begin practicing self-reflection, you’ll realize how often you count the negatives in your life. Switch it up and start listing all the good things instead. There are many apps available that can help you practice gratitude and learn how to live a happy life. A simple positive thought, for example, or a small moment of gratefulness for the little things in life can transform your day. It will also give you a good understanding of the influence of both abundance and scarcity mindsets.
  • Take care of your mental and physical health. Your health is your greatest asset. Ruin it and you ruin everything. A healthy body houses a healthy mind, and a healthy mind keeps your body healthy. They’re closely connected. And both affect your happiness.
  • Socialize. Sometimes the best way to cool off after a rough week is to spend some time with your friends. Staying in touch with your friends and family will help you overcome loneliness, be happier, and find out some really interesting and wholesome stories about the people closest to you.
  • Self-reflection. Taking time out to understand yourself is the best way to walk the road toward happiness. You can self-reflect by journaling your thoughts and feelings regularly. You’ll be surprised at how many bad habits you’ll discover that you never noticed before, such as negative self-talk or excessive complaining. Self-reflection enables you to recognize toxic patterns and overcome them.
  • Practice gratitude. Once you begin practicing self-reflection, you’ll realize how often you count the negatives in your life. Switch it up and start listing all the good things instead. There are many apps available that can help you practice gratitude and learn how to live a happy life. A simple positive thought, for example, or a small moment of gratefulness for the little things in life can transform your day. It will also give you a good understanding of the influence of both abundance and scarcity mindsets.
  • Take care of your mental and physical health. Your health is your greatest asset. Ruin it and you ruin everything. A healthy body houses a healthy mind, and a healthy mind keeps your body healthy. They’re closely connected. And both affect your happiness.
  • Socialize. Sometimes the best way to cool off after a rough week is to spend some time with your friends. Staying in touch with your friends and family will help you overcome loneliness, be happier, and find out some really interesting and wholesome stories about the people closest to you.
  • Do not depend on external factors. The worst thing you can do to yourself is expecting other people to make you happy. They can’t, not always. It’s in your control. Only you can truly understand what makes you happy, and you should only depend on yourself to achieve happiness. Learn to enjoy your own company, and maybe give yourself gifts every once in a while.
How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World | Jacqueline Way | TEDxStanleyPark — TEDx Talks

Pro-Tips to Be Healthy and Happy

If you’re a perfectionist, you know that habits are not formed overnight. You will fail several times. You will have relapses, and you’ll even go a few days without practicing the habit you promised you would cultivate. And that’s okay. Part of learning how to live a happy life is understanding that the ups come with downs. If something goes wrong, don’t let yourself spiral into self-hatred and tension; learn some stress-reduction techniques instead. Some days, your willpower will go through the roof; other days it won’t even show up. You have to learn to be okay with both states.

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Conclusion: How to Live a Happy Life?

Happiness is a feeling that combines many positive emotions, but contentment is the one that stands out. When you feel satisfied with your life’s current state, you are happy.

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