Simple life habits to improve your day.

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We all want to be happy, so here are some easy habits you can easily adopt to improve your happiness. You can implement any one of these behaviors into your daily routine and improve your well-being, from cultivating gratitude to setting goals.

Read or listen to something inspirational.
Motivational quotes are a quick and timely boost of inspiration, helping us to refocus and get back on track. Sometimes a quote can inspire us for the week, and rekindle our motivation. Listening to (or watching) something inspirational in the background while in the office, or working out is one of my favorite intentional practices.

Don’t sell yourself short.
Most people perform this unconsciously. Make an effort to compliment yourself every day. It could be as simple as patting yourself on the back after a workout, achieving something, or admiring your outfit in the mirror.

Contact a friend.
Maybe all you need is a few minutes to shoot the breeze with a family member or best friend. This quick and easy happiness hack only takes a short amount of time and might make you feel better instantly.

Eat healthily.
Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins, so the more you eat, the better. Add some seafood to your meal too. Most people think eating fish is healthy for our bodies and brains since it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids. You’ll also feel good knowing you’re making a healthier choice.

Forgive someone.
Holding a grudge can significantly lower your spirits as it is often carried around with us daily. Pick someone to forgive. Declare it out loud, then look for positive things to say about it. Instantly, a burden will be removed from your shoulders.

Clean out your closet.
Letting go of unwanted clothes or items you have accumulated over time is very therapeutic. Especially when you go the extra mile and give away those items to someone in need your level of happiness will rise even higher. I find it therapeutic to declutter and reorganize a messy area.

Do something good for someone else.
Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas, and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good!

Join a game
Adults frequently forget to have fun because they are preoccupied with their daily obligations at work and home. Plan a board game night by calling your friends or family.

See something funny and laugh a lot.
Make jokes with your friends, watch humorous videos, or attend a comedy show. Make a conscious effort to laugh more often because sometimes all you need is a good old laugh to pick yourself up.

Get up.
Even if you don’t have anything planned, wake up, have a cup of coffee or tea, head outside into the cool morning air, and observe nature. You can also sit quietly somewhere inside and enjoy some quiet time.

A simple walk.
It’s amazing how much a simple walk and a change of scenery can do for us.

Eliminate your negative connections.
It’s challenging. It’s difficult. But stop spending time with people who don’t support you, and make you feel terrible about yourself. They’re a waste of your short life, even if you’ve known them for years. Spend more time around people that inspire and support you.

Set small daily goals.
Keep track of your progress by writing down and setting daily goals. You’ll feel more obligated to finish them. This practice helps build momentum and motivation and you’ll feel much better about yourself because you’re doing something every day.

Make time to do nothing.
Life moves fast. Every day, we get emails and articles telling us how to be more productive. That’s great, right? When you allow yourself time to do nothing, you give your brain a chance to process experiences, consolidate memories, and reinforce learning. Your resting state is a powerful tool for regulating your emotions and maintaining the ability to focus. Rest will also help you make better decisions and be more productive.

Last but not least.
Simple habits can improve your well-being and happiness. These habits make you happy and fulfilled, like practicing gratitude, spending time with loved ones, and volunteering. Remember that happiness is a journey, not a destination. Making small, positive changes can make your life better.