3 Easy Strategies to Boost Your
We all want to be happy. Happiness brings with it better health, more satisfying relationships, it makes us more creative, and attracts happy people into our lives. But being happy can sometimes be a challenge. It seems like it is a whole lot easier to focus on the bad things going on in our life while often times ignoring the good.
Here are three proven habits to help shift the spotlight back onto the good things and create more happiness in your life:
1. Practice gratitude. People who express gratitude on a consistent basis are more optimistic, less materialistic, and more forgiving. Here’s one method of grabbing onto the positive power of gratitude:
❖ On a piece of paper rank your happiness on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being ‘never’ and 10 being ‘all the time.’ Seal your answer in an envelope and set it aside. At the end of each day, write down 3 things you’re grateful for. It can be ordinary (waking up in a warm, comfy bed) or uplifting (watching your child or a friend graduate from college). After two weeks, rank your happiness again and compare it with your original score. Chances are you are significantly happier.
2. Perform acts of kindness. Giving not only benefits the receiver, it contributes to the givers’ health, happiness, and sense of social connection. Try this simple exercise to get
❖ Choose one day this week and perform 5 acts of kindness. They can be big or small, random or planned, for a stranger or someone you know. Buying the person behind you in line a coffee or chai tea at Starbucks, donating blood, or, at work try cleaning the communal kitchen area, or pitching in on a colleague’s project. At the end of the day write down what you did, how the person responded, and notice the difference you feel.
3. Offer forgiveness. Keeping grudges means holding onto anger, resentment, and hurt. Practicing forgiveness releases the pain and allows us to move on.
❖ Think of a grudge you’re holding. Acknowledge your feelings, thoughts, and
sensations around the experience and then ask yourself:
o What areas in my life is this grudge negatively affecting?
o How is it impacting those around me?
o What positive change would occur if I let it go and moved on?
Forgiveness isn’t about minimizing feelings or condoning bad behavior.
It’s about letting go and setting yourself free.
We all experience ups and downs in life. By implementing these habits into your daily life you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever challenge life throws at you and experience more happiness. You deserve a happy life!
Do you want more happiness in your life? If so, email or call me to schedule a complimentary strategy session to boost your happiness!