Happiness is something we all want to achieve in our lives. The only thing standing in your way to achieving happiness is yourself. However, many people are held back by their own negative thoughts or past experiences that make it hard for them to be truly happy with who they are, despite their best efforts. But what if you could change all of that?
What you might not realize is that happiness is a choice that you can make, and it all depends on you to choose whether to be happy or not. Here are 10 simple actions you may take to be happy with yourself.
1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
You may think that comparing yourself to others is a good way to figure out where you stand in life, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Constantly putting other people on pedestals and feeling like you are lesser than them undermines your self-worth and leaves you feeling like you can’t measure up. It makes you believe that other people are somehow better than you and it keeps you from realizing just how amazing and special you truly are.
2. Accept Compliments Graciously
When people compliment you, why not say “thank you” instead of brushing off the comment or negating it? When someone gives you a compliment, that person is giving you a gift. A way of saying “You are wonderful” or “Your hard work paid off” or “I like the way you look.” When you respond to the compliment by telling the person they are wrong, what this says is that their opinion doesn’t matter. You also come across as someone who is not confident in their own abilities.
3. Meditate And Practice Mindfulness
When was the last time you sat down and took a moment to enjoy your surroundings? How often do you allow yourself to take a minute or two out of your busy day and just let yourself think about nothing in particular? If you are stressed, anxious or overwhelmed with everything that is going on around you, try taking some time to just sit quietly and do nothing at all. Meditating allows you to unplug from the noise of everyday life and focus on your inner self. You can figure out what makes you happy and re-energize yourself for the day ahead.
4. Spend time with the people you love
When was the last time you reconnected with someone from your past or treated yourself to an afternoon out with a person who makes you feel good? Make it a point to form deeper connections with the people around you. Spending time with friends and family is one of the simplest ways to boost your own happiness. You will be amazed at how good it feels to be around people who you really enjoy being with.
5. Learn Something New
We are all born with a desire to learn, but sometimes life gets in the way and we forget about this innate need that is within us. Learning new things about yourself or the world around you gives you something to look forward to each day and helps you become a better person. Whether it is something as simple as a fun new recipe or as serious as studying for an exam, learning can be both enlightening and rewarding.
6. Read Something That Inspires You
In the age of technology, we are constantly inundated with information coming from our computers, phones and other devices. We are constantly being told what to think, who to follow, what kind of food is healthy or not and so much more. While this information can be helpful at times, it also has another effect: we start to believe that we don’t know enough and we won’t amount to anything without all the answers provided for us. This overwhelms us and makes it seem like we can never make any of our own decisions. Take some time out of your day to read something that inspires you, whether it is a personal development book or a novel. When you learn about real people who have overcome adversity and triumphed over their struggles, you will feel more empowered and inspired.
7. Get Rid of Toxic People in Your Life
Believe it or not, the people you surround yourself with play a very important role in your own personal happiness. Sometimes, the people closest to us are asked to leave for a reason. You might be supporting someone who is making bad decisions that could affect your life too. Other times, the toxic person is you. Before you can take steps to become happy, you have to rid yourself of any self-destructive patterns or habits that are keeping your life from moving forward.
8. Exercise regularly
We are used to thinking of exercise as a way to lose weight or get that perfect body, but the truth is that it is so much more than that. Exercise releases endorphins in our brains which make us feel happy. It also gives you something to look forward to each day and provides you with a time for yourself where you can reaffirm your goals and reflect on how far you have come. Whether it is a walk around the block or a full-blown dance party in your living room, some form of exercise can be an important part of living a happier life.
While travel has more obvious benefits such as exposing yourself to new cultures and people, it can also have a more subtle and long-lasting impact on your life. When you travel, you open yourself up to new ideas and see how people in other parts of the world live. You begin to reassess what is important to you and learn lessons about life that can’t be taught in school or at work.
10. Spend Time With Nature & Animals
We often forget that we are a part of nature and not separate from it. Spending time in nature allows you to appreciate your surroundings and what the world has to offer us. Even on an ordinary day, going for a walk through a park can be more beneficial than you might think. The same goes for animals. If you are an animal lover, spending time with them can make you feel more fulfilled by life. You don’t even have to go anywhere to spend time with animals. Watching videos of your favorite pets online is a great way to get happier instantly!
So these are 10 ways to be happy with yourself. It’s important that you also take good care of your body and eat right and sleep well and take care of your mental health. It’s a process, but it’s something you can work on every day by starting with just one of these ten things.
The bottom line, You don’t have to wait until you hit the lottery or find the perfect partner to finally be happy. All you need is you! This might not sound like very helpful advice, but once you embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, you will soon see that happiness starts from within and radiates outward.