Happiness is truly the best measure of personal growth. Making other people as happy is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others happy, if you are not happy yourself.
Keeping this in mind, here are Top 10 changes that you can make to your daily routine that will immediately make you feel happier in life:
1. Begin each day with expectations.
If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it typically lives up to (or sometimes down to) your expectations. When you get out of bed every morning, make your first thought: “something wonderful is going to happen today.” Guess what? You’re probably right. If you take your mind out of the gutter, your dreams will come true and you will be able to help others.
2. Carefully plan and prioritize.
The most common source of stress is the perception that you’ve got too much work to do and there’s too little time to do it. Rather than whine and get angry about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do this first. You are only human and you can do so much in one day. You cannot be a renaissance man/woman.
3. Give a gift to everyone you meet.
I’m not talking about a formal present that is wrapped up in a boy. A gift can be a smile, it can simply be a thank you or some words of encouragement. A gesture of politeness and even a friendly nod can go along way to help others feel good about themselves. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth more than a couple of change.
4. Deflect partisan conversations.
Arguments about politics and religion never have a “right” answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can’t control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: “Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt.”
5. Always assume people have good intentions.
Since you are not a mind reader, you don’t really know why people do what hey do. Imputing evil motives to other people’s weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.
6. Change your diet.
Changing to a healthy meal in a day’s span is very difficult. Doctors highly recommend adapting to your new diet plan slowly and steadily in order to avoid giving up. She suggests, opting for a vegetarian meal at least once in a week in the initial stages then when you are more reliant to these changes; try having it once a day.
7. Let go of your results.
The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you’ve taken action, there’s usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.
8. Turn off “background” TV or radio.
Many households leave their TVs or radio for some “background noise” while they’re doing things like work. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you unsatisfied with your life so that you’ll buy more stuff. Why resort to programming yourself to be a mindless consumer?
9. End each day with gratitude.
Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing you did or that happened to you. Keep it in a journal. It does not have to be big. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for having the day and living it to the fullest.
Exercise increases your metabolism so you burn more fuel. Purposeful movement helps your bones and muscles get stronger, your joints become more flexible, and your posture improve.You don’t have to on a treadmill to do exercise, you can do some stretches in the morning and at night before you go to sleep.