Happiness is an important component of our overall well-being, and our daily habits play an important role in promoting and maintaining happiness in our lives. The ten habits listed below can be incorporated into your daily routine to improve your happiness and well-being.
1: Gratitude Practice
Gratitude is a powerful practice that significantly impacts happiness levels. Take a moment each day to reflect on the positive aspects of life. Write them down in a gratitude journal or express them to someone you care about.
2: Mindfulness Meditation
The practice of being truly present in the moment is known as mindfulness. You can reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and improve your overall happiness by incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily routine. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and concentrate on your breathing. Allow your thoughts to pass by without judgement, and pay attention to the present moment with openness and curiosity.
3: Physical Exercise
Regular physical activity boosts mood and reduces stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins. Find an exercise routine that you enjoy, such as jogging, yoga, or dancing, and incorporate it into your daily routine.
4: Meaningful Social Connections
We need meaningful social connections to be happy. Maintain your connections with family, friends, and loved ones. Plan social activities and prioritise spending time with those who bring you joy and positivity.
5: Pursuing Personal Passions
Determine your personal interests and schedule time for them in your daily schedule. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument, or gardening, set aside time each day to pursue your interests and enjoy the joy they bring.
6: Quality Sleep
Sleep is essential for our mood and overall happiness. Establish a regular sleep pattern by sleeping and waking up at the exact same time every day. Create a peaceful sleeping environment by avoiding screens before bedtime and engaging in relaxing activities like reading or taking a warm bath.
7: Healthy Diet
Maintain a healthy and balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Keep hydrated and limit your intake of processed foods and sugary drinks. Simple dietary changes can have a big impact on your overall happiness and well-being.
8: Practicing Self-Care
Self-care is essential for happiness and well-being. Make time for activities that will nourish and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Take a warm bath, read a book, or engage in an enjoyable hobby as a self-care ritual. Prioritizing well-being overcomes barriers to self-care, such as guilt or a lack of time.
9: Learning and Growth
Learning and growing on a regular basis contributes to our happiness and sense of fulfilment. Read books, take online courses, or engage in intellectual conversations to incorporate learning into your daily routine.
10: Disconnecting from Technology
Excessive use of technology can have a negative impact on our happiness and well-being. Set limits and limit screen time to make room for more meaningful activities. Engage in non-technological activities such as spending time in nature, practising yoga, or having face-to-face conversations.
Authored by Dr. Sumalatha K B, Consultant – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore