Building the habit of happiness

They say building a habit takes 30 days.

This method includes retraining your body and mind to create fresh, life-long habits.

Many identify new habits with increased physical activity or decreased consumption of junk food.

However, many rarely discuss the importance of developing mental habits.

We are constantly exposed to quotes and graphics that say “think positively” or “no negative feelings.” While on some level these private mantras are useful, it requires more effort to retrain your mind to think positively than just reading or buying pleasant products.

If you’re attempting to retrain your brain to be content and happy, learning how to create healthy habits is best.

Consider the following suggestions and apply them in order to notice a gradual shift in your daily routine.

Observe everyday things that make you happy

Without paying much attention to the stuff around you, it’s simple to go about your daily business.

However, if you really want to make happiness a habit, take a break every day for a few minutes and consider the things that make you happy.

Whether it’s your friendly colleague or your pleasant morning commute, feel thankful for the little stuff. Additionally, focus on elements of your character that make you happy.

Write or repeat these statements daily to reap the benefits.

Do something positive for others

Giving to others is far more joyful than receiving.

We’ve been taught this mantra from a very young age.

Once you see how your activities can influence someone else, you will be more prepared to give.

Although it’s cliché, it’s entirely an accurate one.

If you are going to create a habit of feeling content, you have to consider other people’s views, ideas, feelings and needs.

You could begin by offering help at a shelter or non-profit organisation which resonates with your beliefs and values.

Once you see how your activities can influence someone else, you will be more prepared to give.

Make time for your friends

This is crucial to the development of a continuous habit of being happy.

Remaining in our own tiny shell is easy; especially when times are difficult.

However, doing so only leads to more harmful and depressive thinking.

Make it a goal to see one of your friends at least once a month.

This will help support you in becoming a more socially well-rounded individual.

You will soon discover you’ll feel happier and healthier simply by improving your social engagements.

Make exercise and eating healthy a priority

Building a permanent habit of happiness involves caring for your mind, body, and spirit.

This simply means engaging in activities that benefit your physical and mental health.

Exercise, coupled with healthy eating, is a great way to kick-start your happiness routine.

Make it a habit of exercising at least three times a week.

This will assist you in feeling more at ease with your body.

You’ll also benefit from all the beneficial hormones released when you practice any physical activity.

Put time into developing a spiritual routine.

To be truly happy, one must identify with some worldview system or religious belief.

Enrich your spiritual side by looking for activities that involve your spirit.

Moreover, tapping into your spiritual self will also assist you in creating a deeper sense of self.

Going camping, fishing or hiking in nature as well as learning more about your beliefs, values and faith are great ways to enrich your spiritual side.

By doing so, you’re going to embody a feeling of humility that denies pride.

Eventually, as time goes on, you’ll soon realise how much healthier and happier you feel.

Do your best to implement these recommendations into your daily life over the next 30 days.

Soon you’ll see how simple it is to choose happiness and to make it a continuous part of your life.

About Mark Csabai

Mark Csabai is a certified NLP practitioner and Mindset coach. He works with clients locally and internationally. With over twenty years of experience helping people break free from negative thinking and self-sabotaging behaviour. Mark is able to facilitate deep inner changes that will ultimately sky-rocket you to the next level of your life.He will help you formulate the desired outcome for the process of change to move you from where you are to where you want to be.