“The purpose of life is to be happy,” as stated by the Dalai Lama. Seems simple enough, right? Luckily for us, 40 percent of our happiness is dictated by ourselves.
By making simple tweaks on how you view the world, you can begin to feel consistently more positive, motivated and content.
Here is a list of nine simple life hacks that positive people do on a daily basis. Integrate them into your day to day routine for a happier and healthier take on life.
A study done by the research team from Massachusetts General Hospital concluded that when individuals meditate, the areas of their brain associated with compassion and self awareness grew, and the parts of the brain correlating with stress actually shrunk. That’s right. By simply sitting down and getting quiet, you can help elevate your mood immensely. Carving out time to meditate will assist you in all areas of your life, not just compassion and self-awareness. Meditation has been known to help with work tasks, relationships, and physical and mental wellness. Point blank is that there have been a vast amount of studies performed on the effects of meditation and all of them have shown stellar results associated with an individual’s well being.
Spend Time Outside.
You spend day after day inside your office, eyes glued to your computer, especially in the winter months. You go in when it's dark, and when you finally return to get some fresh air eight hours later, it seems as though the sky hasn't even budged. When the day is finally over, it’s so easy to make your way home and snuggle up on the couch. If this is you, it’s time to come out from hibernation. Take a walk during lunch or play around after work. Make it a point to set aside time to slow down and connect with nature. The experts demand it. As Richard M. Ryan explained in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, “Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements. Nature is fuel for the soul.” Time to turn off the TV and connect with the great outdoors. Every minute helps!
Surround Yourself With Positive People.
Positive breeds positive. Why spend time with dweedle dee and dweedle dumb when you could be surrounding yourself with happy-go-lucky people, who actually (believe it or not) enjoy life? It's really that simple. Start listening to your gut when you are around others and take note if the energy is really heavy or drab. If it is, run for your life and don't look back. Assemble a group of individuals that inspire you, make you feel invincible and keep you laughing. Whether you have to put up a “wanted” sign or ask motivational people if they want to be your friend, make this group your go-to peeps and don't be afraid to fall back on them if you're feeling a little blue.
Take Time To Yourself.
Set aside time to be alone, get quiet and just unwind. This is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. With life so hectic and in constant “go” mode, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Before you know it, everything comes crashing down on you, emotionally and physically. By consciously scheduling time away from everything, you'll find that you have the energy to tackle all the other areas of your life. While you may feel like you're being selfish -- consider it a guilty pleasure -- you are actually allowing time to get in touch with number one, you! When you are internally at peace, you create room and attract more peaceful things into your life.
Ready for a challenge? For an entire day, count how many things you are thankful for. Write them down, keep a running list. Now, be sure you actually give gratitude for these things. If you pay attention, you'll be amazed by how many little things can make you feel like the luckiest person in the world. Whether it’s as simple as getting a parking spot up front or scoring a promotion at work, taking notice and acknowledging those types of things will make a big impact on your sense of well being. Make it your job to seek extraordinary in the ordinary!
“When we take time to notice the things that go right -- it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day,” Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. explained to The Huffington Post, “That can help with our moods.”
*Warning: This may cause positivity as a side effect.
Cultivate the Child Inside.
Beautifully stated by Louise L. Hay, best-selling author and inspirational teacher and speaker, "Remember the things that gave you joy as a child. Incorporate them into your life now. Find a way to have fun with everything you do. Let yourself express the joy of living. Smile. Laugh."
Recall those days when you ran around as a child; feet bare, hands dirty. You sang when you wanted to, you giggled at simple things and you loved without reserve. Take a journey back there and allow that genuine, kind and benevolent child to be your guiding force. Adults can, and should, embrace their spirit freely. In fact, if the little kid inside wants to break out into dance in the middle of Time Square, do it without shame.
Are you one of those people who thinks the glass is always half full? If not, you better check yourself.
An optimist takes a complicated situation and views it as an opportunity to grow and test their strengths. They view tiny battles along the way as nothing more than a minor hiccup. They are grounded in the present moment and always trust where they are in life. There you have it, a 1-2-3 checklist to keep yourself in line whenever things seem tough.
Perform Random Acts of Kindness.
When was the last time you went out of your way to do something kind for another human being without expecting anything in return? Take a moment, reflect back. Okay, if it's taking you that long, you may need to do a little catch up. Doing even the slightest good deed for someone (and no, you cannot count yourself as that someone), simply makes the world a happier and better place, and boosts your mood as well! Whether it’s a friend or a complete stranger, kindness is contagious and hopefully you inspire that fortunate person to turn around and share kindness with another. Pay it forward. It’s always a win-win situation!
Do you have a lingering quarrel with someone? Maybe even with yourself? If so, read on. The great Buddha simply stated, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." When you hold on to anger or resentment, you have less room for love and happiness. Make it a point to let go of what is no longer serving you. Life is a journey; know when to move on.
Alright guys, and now for the test. What is the common thread here? If you answered simplicity, you got an A+. These tactics should not send you into a frenzy! Instead, you should feel as though they are effortless actions that can be integrated into your life. While it may seem that they are common sense, many people have lost their mojo along the way and need a quick “get your sh*t together, this life is awesome” reminder. Accompanied with a polite wink, of course. ;)
Take note of how these things make you feel as you begin using them. Our guess is, you'll feel simply, more positive.