5 Intentional Actions To Choose Happiness Today
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” said Mahatma Gandhi. Here’s how to put it into practice
We all want to be happy in life but sometimes, we get so caught up in the daily grind that we lose sight of what’s important to us. Life has its ups and downs, and while external situational factors may sometimes be beyond our control – how we decide to respond is a personal choice.
So instead of waiting around for happiness to be delivered on a silver platter, try adopting a positive change in perspective and see where that leads! Try these tips to brighten up your days:
THINK CONSTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS
The Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. By learning to replace self-limiting thoughts with affirmations, you’ll cultivate the habit of positive thinking.
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
When you’re feeling down or going through a tough period, tell yourself that “this too sure pass”. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Bear in mind that, good or bad, nothing in life is permanent. Focus your energy on getting through to better times ahead.
SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES YOU LEARN
Everyone makes mistakes, but rather than wallow continuously in misery, learn from the experience and move on with renewed optimism. It can be hard coming back from a mistake made, but it can hit harder if you subconsciously correlate your loss to your sense of self-worth. It’s okay to make a mistake, but what matters is having the right mindset to learn from the mistake. As John Wooden, the “Wizard of Westwood”, famously said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”.
ENGAGE IN RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
This can be anything big or small that you choose to do for the benefit of someone else. Bring coffee to a colleague who looks like she could use one, or help out with the less fortunate by way of giving your time or through making donations. It always feels good to be able to help or support others (although that’s a happy consequence and not the intended aim of the act). Being in the position to provide help, remind you to appreciate what you have in your life, and numerous studies have shown that the one doing the good deed also feels happiness as a result.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Literally – write them down daily in a gratitude journal. Happy folks choose to focus on the positive aspects of their lives rather than the negative. They identify specific reasons to be grateful and express it whenever possible. Research supports this. Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, conducted several studies on the effects of writing gratitude diaries and each time, results consistently showed that those who participated in the gratitude groups had more positive views of their lives as a whole than participants in the control groups. The practice of gratitude journaling takes only five or 10 minutes a day, but accumulated over time, reorients our mental compass towards focusing on the positives in life.