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5 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Feel Happy!

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“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now” – Wayne Dyer

We live in an action-oriented culture.  Many of us have been convinced that the path to success and happiness is achieved by working hard.  Or, the harder we work the more we’re worth. The more trophies and awards we obtain, the better we are.  And the more stuff we get, the happier we’ll be.

By the end of this strenuous, competitive life, most of us will be too exhausted to even get a “whiff” of happiness.

Please know that you don’t have to fall victim to this culturally flawed belief.  You don’t have to get completely lost in the rat race of working so hard that you’ve forgotten about the joys of life.  I’m not saying that you should halt your dreams or quit or job or anything like that, but it’s important to slow down and smell the roses.

Contrary to cultural belief, I’ve discovered that when we choose to relax more and work less, our lives become more fulfilling and the things we’ve always wanted comes pouring in. As well, by giving ourselves space to breath, we come to know that life can feel good.

So, please make time to relax and nurture yourself.

5 Simple Tips to Help You Create a Happier Life:

   1.  Meditate

For some unknown reason, meditation is strangely underrated.  It is mind blowing that mediation is not practiced by everyone on this planet!  Who would ever want to keep this under wraps?  The benefits are profound!

It can alleviate stress & anxiety, reduce pain, quiet your mind, induce deep peace & relaxation, and improve your overall wellbeing.

Beyond these, it can allow you to tap into higher levels of consciousness, where you can access true understanding and meaning in your life.

I have been meditating for a long, long time and I will never stop because I’m so much happier because of it.  I urge everyone to meditate.  Just do it!  Once you get into the swing of it, you’d wish you started when you were five years old.

Just start with 10 minutes a day. Please refer to my article, Meditation 101, if you wish to learn more.

  2.  Sleep

Oh precious sleep.  I never realized the importance of sleep until I had my own children.  All those sleepless nights were complete and utter torture.

I thought it would never end.  My mood was as low as it could go.  All you parents out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

The bottom line is that sleep is essential to your wellbeing.  Sleep is rejuvenating and it gives you a much needed time-out from the real world.

Study after study proves the importance of sleep.  It helps to balance the mind, body, and spirit.  So please make sleep a top priority in your life!

   3.  Be Grateful

Make “thank you” one of your new favorite words to speak. Everyone loves to hear thank you and feel appreciated. There is no doubt that practicing gratitude regularly will make you happier.

In fact, feeling gratitude is one of the highest positive emotional states.  And while you are focused on gratitude you are attracting more stuff in your life to be grateful for because of the Law of Attraction.  Listed below are some very effective ways to practice gratitude.

a. Gratitude Journal

Make it a habit every day to write down a few things that you are grateful for.  It can be simple things like getting a hug from your child, knowing you are healthy, or enjoying a warm cup of tea. Just immerse yourself in the simple appreciation of it for a few minutes.

Practicing before bed is a great time.  For convenience, keep your journal on your nightstand.  It’s so wonderful to fall asleep in a state of appreciation and you often wake up in the same state too.

b. Appreciation Walk

Get outside and go for a walk.  Intend to spend your time appreciating your planet.  The trees, the sky, and the air you breathe.  Just feel grateful to be alive.

c.  Thank-you gifts

Make a list of some of the people who have really affected your life in a positive way.  Write them a letter of appreciation or send them a thank-you gift.  It’s my promise to you that it will brighten their day.

As well, make it a habit to say thank-you whenever the opportunity arises because it feels so good to say it!

4.  Exercise

Get your butt up off the couch and start moving!  Exercise is essential to improving your wellbeing and overall health. It’s natural to move our bodies.

Try your best to exercise regularly.  It doesn’t have to be a dreaded task.  Just go for a walk or a swim or play your favorite sport.  Search for ways to exercise that is pleasing to you.  It is guaranteed that when you exercise regularly, you will feel better inside and out.

5.  Visualize

It’s almost seems impossible that you can make your goals/dreams a reality by simply imagining it happening.  Does it sound to simply and ridiculous?  Aren’t you supposed to work hard to fulfill your dreams? Isn’t imagination only for children?

Well, I’m here to say that imagination is a key component to success and happiness.  All you have to do is imagine your goals/dreams as though they have already been achieved.  Feel the feeling of having it.  Do this every day and have fun with it.

When you practice this regularly, it’s like your mind can’t decipher what’s real anymore.  In other words, the lines between your reality and your dreams become blurred.  As a result, right before your eyes, certain opportunities, situations, people and events will start to unfold in your life that align with your dream.

Then, like magic, your dreams become reality!  I’m not kidding you at all.  Visualization works!

Did you know that many top athletes practice visualization techniques regularly and it has been shown to improve their athletic success?  There are a number of visualization techniques available.

For instance, you can just sit in a quiet place for 15 minutes, close your eyes, and visualize what you want and feel like it’s yours already.  Or you can make a vision board.  Please refer to my Law of Attraction article to get more info on creating your own vision board.

Conclusion

Make the decision today to try out these simple, fun, and free ways to bring the joy back into your life.  Do it because you deserve to have what you’ve always wanted and, more importantly, you deserve to be happy!

Photo Credit: Image by Moyan Brenn via Flickr

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