5 Happy Habits to Practice Every Day

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Have you taken control of your happiness? Happiness comes from altering your habits and your way of thinking. Here are 5 habits that will help you stay happy:

1. Meditate – Do you want to be more calm, peaceful, and happy? Meditation reduces tension & stress, builds self confidence, enhances energy, reduces anxiety, and so much more.

2. Read or Watch Something Funny – While the science of laughter is in its early stages, we do know that laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body like strengthening your immune system, diminishing pain, and boosting your energy.

3. Pet an Animal – Research by Psychology Today indicates that pets provide meaningful social support for owners. They found consistent evidence that pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were less lonely, and were less fearful than non owners. Even if you don’t have your own animal, petting someone else’s animal can help ease your stress.

4. Practice an Act of Kindness – Pay for the person’s coffee behind you, give someone a compliment, lend someone your umbrella, smile at a stranger, give a happy note…The possibilities are endless. Two recent studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy – even happier than spending on ourselves!

5. Talk to a Friend – Happier people tend to have supportive relationships with their family and friends. Professor Toni Antonucci says “Relationships help people feel that they’re worthy, that they are capable, that they can set goals and accomplish them, and that they can control their life.”

Do you practice any of these happy habits? What other habits have you adopted that you’ve found make you happy? Let me know in the comments!

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30 thoughts on “5 Happy Habits to Practice Every Day

  1. I love this. I would add: get enough sleep. Or, if you have little kids, get as much sleep as you can. Skip sweeping in favor of a nap. Let the dust rest while you do.

  2. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I am sort of back. I am still unraveling life in Spokane and organizing both my summer and fall classes. I wanted to ease my way back into the social media part of my life after a short sabbatical. Last year, I took an ethics class and it focused on happiness in life. Does leading a good life make us happy? It turns out it does according to research. Even if I do one of these things daily, I am happier. Take care.

  3. Wonderful ideas! πŸ™‚ My favorite ones are laughter and acts of kindness. It only takes a few seconds to give someone a smile or pay them a compliment, but can make that person’s entire day brighter! πŸ™‚ I’m reblogging this on my site! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great post!

  4. music always puts a smile on my face… even a sad song. it’s always been a fabulous alternative for me when it comes to stress. dance music is really great – gets you moving, etc. i love this list especially random acts of kindness and the notes! one mother’s day i sent handwritten notes/letters to all the moms in my life and it was a huge hit. it just showed someone cares and notices all the little things.

  5. The importance of being happy is that then we find it easy to be kind, tolerant, compassionate, accepting, patient…all the things that add up to a happy home and community !

  6. I am so glad I do most of those things. We are lacking a pet at the moment, but I have been doing the rest and it has changed my life for the better.

  7. I’m often smile to people or trying to give some kindness and mostly I see you get it also back but it’s not for that motive, it’s because I want to let people know that they are not alone or that nobody cares for them !

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