Think happiness is the result of circumstances? Or just for those born with a sunny personality? Turns out, our choices and behavior have a huge effect on our happiness. There are positive steps we can take to pursue happiness and cultivate a sense of well-being.
It’s long been said that it’s not happy people who are grateful, but grateful people who are happy. Gratitude is one of the top factors leading to happiness. It’s a choice to see the good on a hard day, to look for beauty in the ordinary, and to find joy in small things. A habit of gratitude opens our eyes to see even more for which to be thankful.
Self-care includes taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. This includes exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. It’s filling your emotional love tank. When we’re emotionally and physically nourished, we have a greater sense of well-being and are happier.
3. Faith Over Fear
Fear is a thief that not only steals the happiness of the present but robs us of the joy to come. Faith is a choice to walk with God. When we walk with God, we can trust that he’s in control and we can smile at the days ahead.
Happy women are kind to themselves. They don’t give in to negative self-talk but instead embrace their God-given talents and personality in their parenting, work, and pursuits. They understand their personality, take advantage of their strengths and work to ebb their weaknesses.
5. Gives Generously
Doing good appears to be good for you. A whopping 94 percent of people say volunteering boosts their mood. Experts call it the helper’s high—when endorphins flood the body from doing for others, making us happy.
Hobbies like gardening, cooking, or crafting are a great way to channel passions and gifts for sheer enjoyment. They help us de-stress and often connect us to a community that shares our passion. And remember, hobbies aren’t must-do’s, they’re get-to’s, which generate happiness.
7. Cheers Instead of Compares
Comparing ourselves to others highlights what we don’t have and causes us to envy what someone else does. Happy women turn comparison on its head by cheering others on. That kind of authentic encouragement always creates deeper joy for the one encouraging.
Stewing over past hurts and offenses leads to bitterness and a victim mentality, which becomes a roadblock to happiness. Choosing to forgive brings peace and helps us use that energy to move forward positively.
9. Says No
Over-committing to activities and demands only leads to exhaustion and quickly saps our joy. Learning to say no is a wise habit that reserves our capacity for things that matter most and bring the most happiness.
So many people postpone happiness. They tell themselves that “when XYZ happens, I’ll be happy.” But happy women have learned to be content in the present circumstances. They haven’t given up on their dreams—they’ve chosen happiness on the way there.
What is one step you can take this week to cultivate happiness?
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