We are pretty sure you’ve heard about the topic of the happy habits more than once. However, from our own experience, we loose the track of the good habits in our daily lives, filled with work and other problems to solve. It’s nice to sometimes be reminded of things that are not urgent but can greatly improve your emotional state. These are called “the happy habits”. Small little routines witch help you stay in the moment, enjoy your life and welcome the challenges it sends. Let’s see what these habits look like!
1. Appreciate more
Appreciation feeds happiness. It highlights and gives value to what really matters. And the more you appreciate, the more you’ll find things to be appreciative of. When waking up or going to sleep, remind yourself of three things you currently appreciate in your life.
2. Have a morning routine
We know there are some people who merely hate mornings. Are you one of them? Maybe that’s because you don’t have a morning routine and jump to work straight from the bed. A good morning routine can help you feel centered, energized, and ready to take on the world. Meditate, do yoga, write a list of everything you love, watch inspirational YouTube videos, or listen to your favorite song before leaving the house. Simply, set yourself up for a great day!
3. Make new friends
Many of us stop making friends after the age of twenty. Surely, it takes courage to go out there and be vulnerable again in front of strangers. But believe us, it’s really worth it. Next time you have an opportunity to talk to a stranger or to go to a party where you won’t know anyone, just do it. Don’t overthink.
4. Move slowly
Make it a habit to slow down when you are stressed. Lao Tzu said, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Faster doesn’t mean better. Busier doesn’t mean exceeding. Don’t rush through life.
5. Nurture your body
People, who feel content with their lives, tend to have their own way to move their bodies. It doesn’t have to be an exercise routine as we understand it, rather any kind of physical activity that makes you feel good. Form a habit of moving your body daily and watch how it changes your state of mind.
6. Read, watch, listen
New book, movie or song can suddenly broaden your horizons. You just have to mindfully carve some time in your day to do that. Whether it is before going to sleep or first thing in the morning, expose yourself to the new experiences and let your imagination run wild.
7. Get outside
Feeling stressed out? Head to the forest! One study found that a group of students sent into the woods for two nights had lower levels of cortisol — a hormone often used as a marker for stress — than those who spent the same two nights in a city. Use the science to your benefit and make a habit of spending time outdoors as much as you can. If you don’t have an opportunity to go for a hike, we have a wonderful route in Vilnius, check it out!
8. Do things you do when you’re happy — even if you’re not
This one sounds weird but believe us – it isn’t. Our mind attaches the activities we do to the emotional state we experience while doing them. Make a list of things you do when you are happy and next time you’re feeling down, just pick one and try it out.
Some say it takes 21 days to form a habit, others claim it can take up to a year. Either way, once the habit is formed, you don’t have to use your energy to keep it and this is why forming “happy habits”, however long it takes, is really worth it. We hope you feel more inspired after reading this and decided to try at least one habit from the list.