Long lasting happiness begins with daily satisfaction and gratitude. In this post, we share 13 daily actions we believe will help you live a happier life.
The two components of happiness are:
- The balance of emotions
- Life satisfaction
Bringing happiness to your life starts within yourself. Once you have mastered your self-hapiness, you’ll be able to conquer the overall happiness by conquering the social world.
Daily Actions to Live a Happy Life
Happiness is rather a complex subject, but it can be tackled from a very easy perspective… your everyday life.
If your day-to-day brings you happiness, you will achieve a long-lasting happy life.
Daily Actions to Live a Happy Live
- Tide your room
- Share a coffee
- Listen to your favourite music
- Call your family
- Thank someone
- Write a journal
- Give out a compliment
- Eat healthy
- Smile to a stranger
- Spend time alone
- Ditch your phone
- Go for a walk
Tidy Your Room
There’s something magic about starting the day with a clean and organized environment. Tidying your room first time in the morning bring you calm, satisfaction, and self-gratitude.
Making your bed sets the first challenge of the day. It is an opportunity for you to start the day completing one of your to do’s, and it will contribute to your satisfaction throughout the day.
“Making my bed correctly was not going to be an opportunity for praise. It was expected of me. It was my first task of the day, and doing it right was important. It demonstrated my discipline. It showed my attention to detail, and at the end of the day it would be a reminder that I had done something well, something to be proud of, no matter how small the task.”
― William H. McRaven
McRaven, a navy sealer, explains to perfection the power of making the bed in the morning. For him, making the bed was an opportunity to demonstrate his discipline, his commitment to a meaningful life.
A simple action such as making the bed would contribute to his satisfaction and happiness.
Share a Coffee
Coffee, friends…. that’s the secret formula to create great memories. The greatest moments in your life can arise from the least exciting events; and sharing a coffee with someone is the perfect example for such.
A small and simple action as having a coffee with someone can help you live a happier life. It will be like a breeze within a storm. Suddenly you’ll forget all your concerns, and your to do’s will temporarily disappear.
If you love someone, if you want her to be part of your life; invite her to a coffee.
Such act is a sign of gratitude and reflection of the emotions you have towards the other person. Sharing a coffee will help bring happiness to your life.
Listen to Your Favourite Music
Going to work, walking on the park, or making dinner,… anytime is the perfect time to plug your earphones and play your favourite music.
Music has a powerful and mysterious effect on human’s behaviour. We sometimes rely on music to raise our mood, stay calm, and create some light in the darkness we were in.
Listening to your favourite music can contribute to your subjective well-being (source). When you listen to music, your dopamine rises, and you suddenly start to feel happier (source)
Spend Time in Family
Your family; those who saw you come to life, those who raised you and gave you the values to be who you are.
It’s enormous the time and love your family has put on you over the years. They did it with no shame, without asking for anything in return.
The best way to pay back everything they’ve done for you is to spend time with them; to show them how thankful you are and how much you love them.
Spending time with your family is an act of gratitude and happiness. Creating long-lasting memories to remember in the future.
If being in person is not possible… call them. Keep in touch with them and don’t let the distance ruin the relation you had with your family.
Regular exercise can help reduce stress, feelings of anxiety, and symptoms of depression while boosting self-esteem and happiness (source).
Physical activity, together with a great sleep and balanced nutrition are the three fundamentals of physical well-being.
Even a small amount of exercise can help you improve your mood and live a happier life. It will fill your satisfaction, and you will feel more realized than if you had stayed at home doing nothing.
Consider going for a short run, organizing a hike with your friends, or assisting to yoga classes.
To conquer your overall happiness, you need to connect your private and public happiness.
A simple daily act as saying thank you to someone for their time and help connects your self satisfaction with your social achievements.
Two words that will help you live happier:
Get rid of the fear and embarrassment of saying thank you, and start to show your gratitude to others. This daily habit will set a cornerstone for your overall long-lasting happiness.
Write a Journal
Writing down your deepest and craziest thoughts help you materialize those feelings into something more tangible and real.
The Stoics believed that the two best times for reflection were in the morning and evening: Prepare for the day ahead; Review the day that just passed.
Something as simple as having a journal can make you consciously think about those things that, otherwise, you wouldn’t stop to think about.
How you consciously live through your adult years will determine your overall lifelong happiness more than your financial situation, or even your happiness at an earlier age (source)
Give out compliments
Increasing your gratitude in every situation and circumstance in life can help you feel better, and may help you find a greater sense of purpose (source).
Finding a sense and purpose in life through others will make you live happier and with a higher level of self-satisfaction.
Give out compliments and show your love and gratitudes to those around you. Tell them how pretty/handsome they are today, comment about their eyes, their smile, or the energy they spread when they are around people.
Your physical appearance is a projection of your soul. What you eat can have a huge impact on how you feel.
Eating healthy will give you high quality fuel to tune your body, feed your mind, and feel better with yourself. How well you care for your body in your early and middle years will determine your health later in life.
Follow a balanced and healthy diet. Use whole foods, fruits and vegetables, and avoid excess of processed foods and refined sugars.
Smile at a Stranger
Smiling at another person can have a ripple effect, not only improving your own health but creating well-being in others.
Smile is contagious. When you smile at someone, you will create a cascade of smiles around the world, as a butterfly effect of joy and happiness
When someone smile at you is hard not to smile back. Follow the trend and start smiling at strangers. Make people smile, and your life happiness will boost.
Spend Time Alone
Society can be overwhelming. Meeting, busy agendas, people continuously around you…
Spending time alone can bring happiness to your life. It gives you the opportunity of being with yourself, knowing who you really are, and who you want to become.
It is nobody is looking when you act like the person you truly are. It is in those moments when you get to know who you really are.
Being alone can give you the tools to live happy, and protect your happiness from the others.
Ditch your Phone
Since the invention of the phone, we have developed a worldwide connected network that sometimes feel as a trap you can’t get out from.
You are in constant stimulus. Social media, calls, games,… a non-stop of distractions that may take you away from your real purpose on life.
Set your phone aside and start to live a happy life. Restrict your daily use of the phone and life the real and material life.
Go for a Walk
Something as easy and effortless as going for a walk can provide freshness and clarity. When you feel overwhelmed; when you feel stressed; when everything seems to go wrong.
Go for a walk and do an active thinking of your concerns and stresses. Going for a walk helps you manage your stress and anxiety, clear brain fog, and boosts your ability to quickly solve problems.
If you are stuck on a problem and don’t know the solution; go for a walk.
Happiness starts within your daily satisfaction and gratitude. In this post, we saw how you can bring happiness to your life by doing 13 simple and effortless daily actions.
Include these actions in your life, and live a happier life with meaning and purpose.