Some people believe that if they possessed more things or had better luck, they would be happier. However, the number of things that you accumulate will not affect your attitude. Sometimes, people don’t think happiness takes work. But, the truth is, happiness takes effort.
Here are five ways tangible ways you will live a happier life:
Go a Day Without Complaining
Stop finding things to complain about. Set a new pattern in your life by abstaining from complaining for an entire day. Instead, work to find good things among the things that go wrong. Allow yourself to be transformed by this new attitude. As you intentionally avoid negative thoughts, you will become happier.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Finding yourself in a spiral towards sadness. Change the way you think about your day by just stopping and taking a deep breath. Actively try to catch yourself before you get overwhelmed with negative thoughts or feelings. Take a walk and feel grateful for those things around you, like the oxygen being provided by the trees around you. This simple activity can give you the opportunity to view a stressful situation in a new way.
Find Something Positive in the Negative
Before you get upset about what seems to be a difficult situation, take a moment to shift that negative thought into one that is positive. For example, if you’re stuck in what seems like never-ending traffic, look on it as a chance to meditate or get into a calmer state before getting home.
Start a Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal can be such a powerful tool. Take a few moments every day to jot down five things that you are grateful for in your life. These things can range from being thankful for waking up in the morning feeling rested to getting to work on time. Spend a moment to feel how incredibly blessed you are and allow that feeling to propel you toward greatness for the rest of the day.
Give a Genuine Compliment
Share your kindness and authentic praise with someone around you, whether it’s a friend or a stranger. Not only will this spread the love to another person, but it will also uplift you and push you to focus on the good.
By integrating some of these exercises into your daily life, you will learn what will ultimately allow you to continue to be thankful for each day. When you are more thankful, you will find more contentment and happiness. Discover how keeping a gratitude journal can lead you to a happier life on the Laken Lane Blog.