(Inspired by the writings of Stephen Covey)
When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. If we aren’t thankful for what we already have, we will have a hard time ever being happy.
2. Cultivate optimism
People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison
Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
4. Practice Acts of Kindness
Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.
5. Nurture Social Relationships
The happiest people are those who have deep, meaningful relationships.
6. Develop strategies for coping
It helps to have healthy strategies for coping with unexpected life changes.
7. Learn to forgive
Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.
8. Increase flow experiences
Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that nothing distracts or competes for your attention.
9. Savor life’s joys
Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. Rest. Be thankful to be alive and its experiences.
10. Commit to your goals
Persistence is key. Magical things happen when we commit ourselves to accomplish our goals.
11. Practice spirituality
When we practice spirituality, we recognize life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest lifeform ever.
12. Take care of your body
Nutrition and exercise: this is crucial to being well-balanced and the happiest person you can be.
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