Behavioural scientists have studied what makes us happy (and what doesn’t). We know that happiness predicts health and longevity and that happiness scales may be used to assess societal progress and policy effectiveness. Happiness, on the other hand, isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the ability to make tiny changes in their behaviour, environment, and relationships that can lead to a happy life. Happiness is frequently derived from within. Learn to control your negative thoughts and face each day with hope.
- Stop putting yourself in comparison to others
Because everyone is on their own path, it’s unfair to compare your success to what others have accomplished. Don’t be concerned about what others are doing. Compare yourself to where you were in the past instead. This will allow you to track your progress. For example, don’t be concerned if all of your peers appear to be further advanced in their professions. It will be your turn. Instead, look at where you were last year to see how far you’ve come.
- Gratitude and generosity should be practised
Every time happiness is investigated in the field of positive psychology, a few motifs emerge. Gratitude and generosity are two of the reoccurring themes. Both of which can only be properly appreciated if they are viewed as disciplines rather than reactions. Regardless of our circumstances, we must exercise discipline. You’ll never get there if you wait till you have enough money to be generous. Similarly, you will never experience gratitude if you wait for everything to be perfect first. Today, choose to be grateful. And make the decision to be generous with both your time and your money. Making them both a part of your daily routine will make you happier today… and tomorrow.
- Accept your flaws
Many of us aspire to be flawless; we want to push ourselves to be the best we can be. However, in order to be truly happy, you must accept the imperfections that are inevitable in life. It is foolish to hold ourselves and others to these standards since perfection is impossible. We will always be disappointed in the end. Accept that life is imperfect and that in that imperfection there is beauty and grace.
- Negative thoughts should be challenged
The practice of confronting and modifying illogical thinking is known as Socratic questioning. This strategy has been shown in studies to help with depressive symptoms. The idea is to shift your perspective from one of failure (“I’m a failure.”) to one of success (“I’ve had a lot of success in my career.”). (“This is just one setback that has nothing to do with me. I can improve as a result of it.”)
- Every day, engage in at least one enjoyable activity
Having fun every day increases your enjoyment of life. Make a list of the things that bring you joy. It can be about travelling to South Korea or even visit a lavender field. Then, every day, set aside time to complete one of the items on your list. This can help you have a better time in life and become your best self. Take up a hobby, hang out with friends, play a board game, walk your pet, soak in a hot bath, read a book, watch a movie, attend a concert, or attempt a new recipe, for example. Try something new if there’s anything you’ve always wanted to do. Take a painting class, build a multi-level marketing software or watch online tutorials to learn how to dance, for example.