Building Happiness

External factors have very little influence in our happiness. Promotions, new relationships, and lucky lottery wins give only a temporary boost to happiness before we return to a biological baseline. Sustained happiness takes work. Listed below are exercises that, when practiced frequently, can build habits of happiness. Choose a few exercises that fit well with your life and make a point to practice them every day.

  • Gratitude – Write down three things for which you are grateful every day. Don’t worry if they seem simple or mundane, just get something down on paper. Writing gratuities will help you identify positive aspects of even the worst days.
  • Acts of Kindness – Make a conscious effort to do something nice for no reason other than to help. You might be surprised how a simple act of kindness can turn around the day for both of your and the kindness recipient.
  • Exercise – The positive effects of exercise are astounding. Physically active people have increased energy, superior immune systems, and a frequent sense of accomplishment. Exercise can reduce insomnia, stimulate brain growth, and even act as an anti depressant. If jogging or lifting weights seems like too much, don’t be afraid to start with a 30 minute walk or a slow bike ride.
  • Meditation – Research has linked meditation with reduced anxiety and more positive emotions. Those who meditate regularly may even permanently restructure their brains to create sustained happiness.
  • Positive Journaling – Take some time to write about positive events in your life. Write about a fun day spent with friends, a good movie, or an activity you enjoyed. Positive journaling will get you into the habit of focusing on the positive.
  • Fostering Relationships : Strong social connections are thought to be one of the most powerful influences on our mood. Those who are dedicated to spending time with friends and family show the highness levels of happiness. If you can’t see your loved ones every day you can still send an email or make a phone call. If it feels like you never see your loved ones, schedule time that can be dedicated to them.

Have a better 2021..

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19 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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  1. Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. GS says:

      Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

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      1. You too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Just reading through these pointers reaffirms that I am on track.
    Thank you for your generosity of spirit and love. It comes through in the words.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the kind words Geetanjali. This is incongruence. As Mahatma Gandhi has said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” The smaller the gap between what you should do, and what you actually do — the happier you will be.

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  3. Thank you for your kindness. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Stay safe. Joy to the world…and Peace.๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome Suzette. Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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      1. Always a pleasure to read and share your posts, Dear
        xoxox ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒน

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      2. GS says:

        โœ”๏ธโœ”๏ธ

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  4. bosssybabe says:

    Great list! I do most of these except having been trying to keep up with the blogging and hoping to start meditating in the new year!! Thanks for writing!

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome. Start small

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  5. nwords7 says:

    Love the message. It’s real and it happens every day to every one of us.

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    1. GS says:

      Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson has found that too much positive emotionโ€”and too little negative emotionโ€”makes people inflexible in the face of new challenges. Not only does excessive happiness sometimes wipe out its benefits for usโ€”it may actually lead to psychological harm.

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  6. I really felt good after reading this , thank you for sharing, Merry Christmas ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽ…

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    1. GS says:

      The real happiness lies in your heart. As per the elders who have studied life, real happiness is when you help others and make them happy. Search your happiness in making others happy. That is the real happiness.

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