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Jul 19

8 Daily Habits that will Give You Lasting Happiness

lasting happiness

Are your daily habits geared towards your happiness?

“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

Lasting Happiness

Is lasting happiness real?

Can we really be happy no matter what?

I used to think it wasn’t.  I used to think that people can only be happy once they have what they’ve been yearning for and that happiness is conditional.

“I will only be happy when…”

“I will only become happy if…”

You know what I mean.  It seemed to me that happiness could never be a permanent state because we’re always looking for something and that unless that need gets satisfied, only then can we really become happy.

I WAS WRONG.

I think the problem we have is that we equate temporary pleasure with happiness when happiness is supposed to be a more lasting and permanent state.  It’s not supposed to be the result of getting something or reaching a milestone but rather something that we all should have inside and maintain.  Although there may be times when adversity may put us down, that “happiness” shouldn’t really go away but rather, take a back seat temporarily.

Life is not perfect for me and my family.  There are still times when we encounter obstacles but regardless of our circumstance, I’ve found a way to stay happy through some daily habits I religiously follow which I hope you can do as well.

 

1. Exercise

Nothing better to start your day but to get energized through exercise.  Whether it’s a 30-minute run or an hour of yoga session, exercise is a must not only because it keeps you fit but also because a sound body leads to a sound mind.

You’re more enthusiastic, more excited and more energetic going to work and as a result, you’ll get more things done and be upbeat throughout the day.  You’ll be more positive and mindful instead of being sluggish and lazy.

I know it’s hard to do this everyday and I won’t be a hypocrite about it but whenever I can, I still try to squeeze in a half hour of yoga session or a 15-minute run every now and then.

 

2. Keep a gratitude journal

The best way to buck discontent or unhappiness is to just be thankful and stay thankful each and everyday.  Yes, life may be tough from time to time but compared to other people, you are still WAY luckier than most.  Practice gratitude as soon as you open your eyes in the morning.  I mean, you’re still alive aren’t you?

The best way to solidify this habit is to write them down.  Everyday before you go to sleep, think of at least three things you’re thankful for that day.  It can range from being praised by your boss at work, getting home safe, or perhaps bumping into an old friend.

There’s always something to be thankful for.   If nothing significant happened today, simple things like being able to eat your favorite dish or appreciating the beauty of the sunset, or just being able to smell the roses all counts.

As easy as it is for you to find fault in the world and in your life, it is a lot easier to find something good for a change if you want to enjoy lasting happiness.

 

3. Read a self-help book

I’ve never been a bookworm all my life.  I don’t even think I’ve finished a single book when I was in high school or college (as far as I can remember) so I am equally surprised to find myself gobbling books one after another.  In the past 2 years, I’ve read more than 30 titles.

I’m naturally lazy and I’d easily get threatened by thick pages of books which is why audiobooks work better for me. I simply download the titles I like and put them in my mobile phone so I can listen to them on my way to work, during breaks, and sometimes even while working.

Reading self-help books help you discover things about yourself that you never knew.  It helps you grow as a person because even we think we have life all figured out, unfortunately, we don’t.

As the great Jim Rohn once said, “work on yourself more than you do on your job”.

Learning doesn’t stop after school.  It’s a continuous process because we can’t stay the way we are all the time. We need to always seek to improve because complacency kills growth.  Be happy, but never be contented.

 

4. Stop watching the news

I know it’s important to be aware of what’s going on around us but it’s kind of difficult to filter what we see on TV compared to what we read in the newspaper.  It’s appalling to see the things they show in the news everyday. Murder, corruption, dirty politics, you name it.

It’s kind of ironic that the newscasters greet you a good morning or good evening yet there’s nothing good in the content they show.  This is just me though.  I just think we need to manage the things we put inside our minds and to prioritize positive input over things that will get me into a negative rhythm.

Take care of what your mind absorbs because your mindset will dictate how you will go through the day.

 

5. Lay off on social media

Social media can be very addictive and I’ll be honest in saying that I am guilty of this too.  I’m not saying you totally get rid of it but try to set aside a day without using social media because just like the news, not everything we find there can be considered uplifting or inspiring.

Use social media more responsibly.  Share positive, inspiring posts instead of things that destroy people’s lives. Use it to help people and build relationships instead of making it your personal complaints desk.

Social media is a very powerful tool that it can now be considered a necessity so use it for the betterment of people’s lives including yours.

 

6. Treat each day as a blessing

What if you were told that this would be your last day on earth?  What would you do?

You’ll probably go out of your way to make the most out of it.  You’re going to have a ton of fun, spend your day with the people you love and enjoy every moment you have remaining.

Having the “live-each-day-as-if-it’s-your-last” mentality helps you live in the moment.  It helps you look forward to each day and every opportunity it will present. It helps you become more hopeful and excited of the surprises each day has in store.

Every day is a blessing.  Waking up every morning to live another day is something we all should be thankful for more than anything else.

 

7.  Visualize your dreams

Having a dream makes all the difference in the world and is also one of the keys to lasting happiness.  Dreams add meaning to life because it gives us a purpose and a destination that motivates us to work harder than we’ve ever been but that’s just one side of the coin.  You got to get these dreams in writing, set a deadline, and be specific on how you are planning to make it a reality.

Before you go to sleep, spend five to ten minutes imagining and visualizing what it looks like to make these dreams come true.  What would it be like to be a millionaire?  How would it feel to finally live in your dream home or ride your dream car?  Be very detailed and let these visions motivate you to keep moving forward and to continue your pursuit until the day comes when it has all become a reality.

 

8. Do at least one good deed

Helping a total stranger and seeing them appreciate your help brings me a different kind of joy and fulfillment. It can be as simple as helping an elderly person cross the street, opening the door for a lady or helping a colleague out on a work-related task.

Set out to accomplish this goal every day.  Try to accomplish at least one good dead (do more if you can of course). Make it a personal requirement to make it happen so you can feel the joy I am talking about.

 

Over to You

How do you get to live a happier and more fulfilling life?

What daily habits do you maintain to achieve lasting happiness?

 

I would love to hear form you so feel free to leave a comment below.  Share your story. Let’s talk!

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

2 comments

  1. Julian Sirian (@JulianSirian)

    Such a clever list, espcially the gratitude bit (which I do in the morning, helps raise my vibrations), as well as exercise, which as we all know helps shoot of happy chemicals in our brains.

    Just don’t get injured, that’s all;-)

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Indeed Julian, especially for people of our age….ouch!

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