It’s important to be happy and content in your life.
I’ve not met a single soul who doesn’t want to be happy in life.
In fact, the goal of everything we do in life—working, dating, starting a family, etc., is to increase our chances of happiness.
Because happiness is a positive feeling.
It also increases your chances of living a healthier, longer life.
For some people, it may seem like an impossible dream to be happy every day.
They may not see how or why it could happen for them.
Others may simply feel that happiness is too elusive to try and find.
No matter where you are in life, with the practice of these habits, you can turn your daily life into one that is filled with joy and contentment.
10 Daily Habits of Happiness
1. Practice gratitude
A common theme throughout many of these habits is that happiness is something you can create for yourself, even in the midst of adversity.
The practice of gratitude is no exception. When you’re feeling down or stressed out, it can be difficult to feel grateful for your life and all that it has given you—but if we can learn to change our perspective, we’ll find ourselves in a much more positive state of mind.
Here are some simple ways to put this into practice:
Be grateful for what you have (including food on your table and clothes on your back)
Be grateful for the things that are going well in your life right now (even if they aren’t perfect)
Be grateful for the people around you who care about your well-being, whether friends or family members.
Grateful people are happy people they focus on positive things to be thankful for, and not negative things they have no control over.
2. Forgive yourself and others
Forgive yourself for past mistakes.
Forgive others for their mistakes.
Forgiveness is not about condoning bad behavior or minimizing the impact of what happened, but rather it’s about accepting that people make mistakes and releasing negative emotions that prevent you from moving forward with your life in a positive way.
It’s also about letting go of the past so that you can stop rehashing old arguments and start creating new memories.
You’re never going to be happy if you’re bitter against yourself and others.
Let go and let God.
3. Keep a to-do list
Write down your tasks in a way that makes you feel good (e.g., writing them on post-it notes and placing them around your home or writing them on your smartphone).
Do this in the morning or the night before, when your mind is fresh and ready to tackle whatever comes its way.
This will guide your activities throughout the day, help you manage your time well, and prevent procrastination, thereby making you more productive.
And productivity, of course, births happiness.
4. Practise self-care
Self-care is crucial for happiness but it’s also a skill that needs to be learned and practiced.
This can be as simple as taking time out for yourself every day or being mindful of your body and how you treat it. Self-care doesn’t have to mean expensive spa days or taking up a new hobby – it could just mean getting up from your desk at lunchtime and going outside for a walk in the sunshine.
Once you’ve practiced some self-care for one week, take note of how much better this made you feel (and what specific activities helped).
Then next week try another activity that makes sense to you that isn’t already on your list.
Something like meditating or spending an hour reading every evening after work instead of scrolling through social media feeds.
5. Enjoy your hobbies
One of the most important habits of happiness is to enjoy your hobbies. Hobbies are something that you do for fun.
They are activities that you do for pleasure, enjoyment, and for relaxation.
They can be anything from knitting to playing video games to reading a book. People who enjoy their hobbies are happier than people who don’t.
So you should always make time for your hobbies because they will help you feel happier and healthier.
You can also use your hobbies to make new friends, build a community around yourself, and reduce stress.
6. Connect with loved ones
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to connect with the people around us.
Our friends and family are the people who know us best, who love us most, and who have our backs no matter what.
Studies have shown that connecting with loved ones reduces stress and boosts your mood.
You don’t have to talk all the time but make sure you connect with them.
You can make a phone call, send a text, or even just send a smiley face emoji.
It doesn’t take much time, but it makes a big difference in your happiness levels.
So also a hug, a smile and even just a moment of eye contact can go a long way when it comes to feeling like you belong in this world.
7. Listen to music that inspires you
Music is a powerful tool for happiness.
When you listen to music that lifts your spirits, it can actually increase your energy, improve your focus, and help you feel more connected to the world around you.
8. Laugh a little every day
It’s hard to be happy if you’re not laughing. Laughter is a sign of happiness.
Every day, you have the opportunity to laugh.
Sometimes the world can be a pretty dark place, but you don’t need to let that get you down.
You can always choose happiness!
You don’t need to go out of your way to make yourself laugh—just take a moment every day to appreciate something funny.
It could be something as simple as a joke in the newspaper or a silly meme or video on YouTube.
The important thing is that you choose to find humor in at least one thing each day.
Also, whenever you start to feel sad or down, think back on those things that made you smile—and remember that even if they were silly at the time, they can still make you smile now!
It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine, and there’s plenty of evidence to back this up.
Laughing can help people cope with pain, stress, and anxiety, increase self-esteem and improve immune system functioning.
Laughter releases endorphins which make you feel good. A good belly laugh can even help relieve tension in your muscles while reducing stress hormones like cortisol (a stress hormone).
So, laugh daily!
9. Enjoy solitude
You can’t be happy if you’re never alone. And it’s OK to be alone.
In fact, it’s absolutely necessary for your happiness.
In order for you to feel connected with the world around you, and to truly understand who you are, you must periodically disconnect from it.
You need time to reflect on what makes you unique, what makes you tick, and how you fit into the bigger picture.
This is why solitude is so important—it allows us to take stock of our lives and make sure we’re living the way we want to live them.
We can find happiness by being honest with ourselves about what makes us happy.
10. Stay hopeful
Don’t give up on yourself or your life.
Even if you’re feeling down and like nothing is going to work out the way you want, remember that the future is always open and full of possibility.
Never lose hope.
You can’t be hopeless and happy at the same time.
You can choose to be happy if you make the choice to work on it every day.
There is always a way out of difficulty and unhappiness no matter how tough things look.
If you take the right steps and embrace the keys we’ve shared here – practice gratitude, forgive yourself, keep a to-do list, practice self-care, enjoy your hobbies, connect with loved ones and friends, listen to music that inspires you, laugh a little every day, enjoy solitude and stay hopeful—then you are well on your way to becoming happier than ever before.