The Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” But how do you increase the happiness in your life? Here are 3 habits to incorporate for a happier life:
1. Gratitude. Studies have shown that people who express gratitude on a daily basis are a lot happier than people who do not. It was also shown that people who performed an act of kindness for someone else (no matter how small) were happier. So the next time you are prone to complain, start counting your blessing and you’ll start noticing everything you have to be thankful for.
2. Actively pursue your goals. People with goals and who are working towards them are 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. While you are pursuing your goals, remember, don’t compare yourself to others. As the saying goes, you cannot compare your chapter one to another’s middle. To help stay inspired, set measurable goals and keep track of your progress. Each day you do something in line with your aspirations is one day closer to achieving your dreams.
3. Surround yourself with good people. One of my favorite quotes is: “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” If you want to be happier and more positive, than you should surround yourself with those kind of people. If you hang out with negative people who are there to put you down, you aren’t going to live the life you were meant to have. Life is too short to live it unhappy.