Have you ever wondered how someone always looks so happy, bright and full of joy? Do they not have any worries in their life?

Happiness comes from within and it is made by us.  It takes work, but the amount energy spent on being happy and unhappy is just the same. So why don’t we choose happiness?

We can start by practicing these little habits every single day.

1. Practice gratitude

It is no secret that being grateful helps your body, mind and soul. The easiest way to practice gratitude is by writing it in a journal everyday, whether it’s after you open your eyes in the morning or before you close your eyes in the night time. This is the most effective way to practice gratification. Doing this everyday will train your brain to only think on the positive side of the life and see the world more beautifully.

Remember that happiness doesn’t mean to have more in life, but more about appreciating what we already have.  There won’t be rainbow for every rain, but there will always be something to be grateful for.

2. Mend your spiritual self

It is important to take time every day for quiet time or prayer. We thirst for some purpose and values in our lives.  But with all in life we are highly distracted and got no time to mend our self. Then, when all of the pressure become too much, all the negative impact, such as anger, envy etc, shot right through us.

To be happy mean to have your peaceful mind, which is why this practice of mending your spiritual self is so important.

3. Exercise daily

Exercise, particularly vigorous exercise, is really a cure for all as we already hear it. The pumping of those muscles and the oxygen into the body are wonderful for our wellbeing.

Apart from increasing your physical wellness, Exercise improves our mental health, cognitive functionality, and memory, while also reducing our stress and anxiety. And if you need more reasons, exercises will improves your mood by improving endorphin development – hormones that act as natural anti-depressant factors which help us lead a healthier, happier life.

The key is to start moving your body.

Motion creates emotions. When we move, we change our moods. In fact, research has shown that people who exercise for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise.

4. Live the present

Present moment, that’s the only place where all the happiness (or anything else for that matter) takes place. It’s the only place worth being. It might sound obvious, but the fact that not everyone is able to recognize this is such a shame. In the present we think better, feel better, and act better.

Slow down. Breathe. Forget the past. Stop worrying about the future. Train yourself to control the pace of your mind.

Early breakfast, morning yoga, afternoon walk, a sip of a tea, etc. All this simple pleasure needs to be recognize more as it takes some part of us when we are experience it right in that exact moment.

5. Let go and forgive

Letting go and especially forgiving isn’t always easy, but it’s the only way new and better things can come along. When we let go and forgive, we come to a peace of mind. The struggle is over and new ideas and perspectives can begin to open up.

Stop all those complaining, comparing yourself to others, negativity, and mistakes from the past or worries about the future.

Maybe your coffee was spilled, maybe your partner forget to flush the toilet, or maybe your wedding got postponed. Let go and forgive, forgive the people around you, and forgive yourself. This doesn’t excuse behavior; it frees you from it. It releases resentment and other negative emotions tied to a person or a situation.

6. Focus on your strength

It’s a very basic thing to focus on your strength. This way, you will feel more confident as you know you are good at something. This is already proven by many studies. When we focus all our energy on developing our strengths, we grow much faster than when attempting to improve our weaknesses. We become more confident, happier, and energized at work.

That’s why happy people make it a habit to water their strengths.

They focus their attention on what makes them feel good.

7. Empower growth mindset

There are two core mindsets in life: fixed and growth.

With a fixed mindset, you believe that your way is already fixed and there is no way for you to change. With a growth mindset, you believe that by putting in the effort, you are able to change and grow more.

This makes people with growth mindset a happy people as the focus more on personal development instead of their ego. This type of mindset practice surrender, embrace failure, and seek opportunities to learn something new.

You have to make an effort to be happy.

No one wakes up feeling happy every day, but happy people do their best to frame their mornings with positivity. They work harder at it than anyone else because they recognize that happiness takes inner-work and effort.

Happiness isn’t about having the entire puzzle solved. It isn’t about having a problem-free life or reaching a certain goal or objective. Instead, it’s about being able to enjoy where you are, no matter what.

Don’t leave your happiness to chance. Choose to claim it. Live the life you deserve to live.

Yours in love and happiness,

Katherine Wei

Kate xoxo

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