The root of happiness is actually in self-awareness (Clear consciousness of our own thoughts and feelings – as an observer of them) and presence. Without self-awareness, we cannot see what’s truly causing our unhappiness, at the level of our own thoughts and feelings. In fact, we cannot even see that it is ourselves and not someone else who creates and is responsible for our them and we fall under the illusion that others or events are responsible for our unhappiness and stress. Therefore, learning how to become more self -aware and present, as well as cultivating that skill in your daily life is life-changing (and the most vital first component in improving your happiness and your success) To teach you a simple way to do this I’ve included an exercise in the free download on my website. Ways to further develop self-awareness in daily life I’ll cover in a future blog. For today, however – let’s have a quick look at simple additional look at ways we can cultivate more happiness within ourselves and in our day to day lives.
1. Get outside in nature
Walk, jog, cycle, do some gardening, meet a friend in a park and tune into the beauty of what’s around you. Yes, I’m sure you know this one …but how often do you actually do it? Simply being in nature can clear negative emotions, and promote wellbeing and happiness; it also raises our energy and vibration to manifest and create in our lives. What’s not to like about that!
2. Practice gratitude
(Literally just writing down what you’re grateful for ideally on a daily basis) For Example:
- I am grateful to feel the sun on my face this morning
- I am grateful for my health
- I am grateful for all the good people in my life
Am sure you get the idea. The potential for this list is practically endless and can be added to or re-written daily. As soon as we become more conscious of the good things in our life we feel happier. Just focusing on what we are grateful for has great power in negating negative thoughts and feelings, cultivate happier ones and raising our vibration to manifest what we want in our lives. It’s well worth adopting as a habit.
3. Eat Healthily and drink in moderation
Both unhealthy food and alcohol affect the mind as well as the body
4. Integrate Daily ‘Bliss Points’
This is a great technique I learnt from a coach I worked with. Bliss points are quite simply time allocated into your daily life to enjoy and appreciate specific things you love. I’ve given you some examples below of some of mine – what could yours be?
- Starting/Finishing the day with a hot shower/bath and using my favourite products with an aroma I love
- 15 min+ daily exercise /yoga
- Slowly and consciously savoring a good cup of coffee/ tea/ juice/piece of chocolate/ fruit/ meal
- 15 mins quiet time meditating or reflecting on what I am grateful for
- A walk with the dog in the park / and or a short time playing with her!
- Taking 15 mins to write down/ visualize my current dreams and goals as if I’ve already achieved them
- Giving and receiving a great hug! Or taking time to visualise one– which has the same fee- good impact
- Listening to 15mins + of my favourite music as I work, relax
- Spending 15 mins + reading something that’s not work related
- Picking up the phone and speaking to someone I like connecting with or calling an old friend I have not spoken to in a while
- Watching a short funny video
Even enjoying one or two of your own bliss points a day has the potential of increasing your happiness and quality of life – why not write your list now and start tomorrow?
5. Engage in a random act of kindness
(hold a door open, help someone in some way, give an honest compliment). Giving feely without the expectation of any return makes us feel good! Be it our time, our money or our experience, giving is extremely powerful in its ability to raise our happiness and our energy vibration. So, to summarise, becoming SELF AWARENESS is the golden key to true inner happiness (see free download). Habits we can cultivate to boost daily happiness include: being in nature, connecting to others, practising gratitude, integrating ‘bliss points’ and practising random acts of kindness:). Please feel free to share this post that might benefit – or contribute other ways that you cultivate happiness, in the comments below.