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11 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy Every Day
Want to be happier? Begin by being good to yourself. That may sound self-evident, but too many people skip this step and try to make themselves happy by chasing ever-higher goals, or holding themselves to ever-greater standards of perfection.

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Commit to doing one nice thing

... for yourself every day.

Remind yourself on a daily basis to treat yourself with loving kindness. It motivates you to take better care of yo...

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Listen to yourself

We often criticize ourselves in our own heads and that damages our confidence.

Refrain from talking to yourself in negative terms. Know that you're good enough.

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Forgive yourself

Most of us have been getting angry at ourselves for trying so hard to be perfect and then we beat ourselves up when we fail. 

Accept that you're s...

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Accept yourself

  • Accept the body that you have today. Try to be the best person you can be in the body that you have, and that's as much as you can do.
  • Accept your income and success lev...

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Avoid toxic people

Avoid tying yourself to clients, business partners, investors, or employees who make you unhappy. 

There's no reason to put...

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Prioritize your health

Take care of your health. Exercise, take supplements, cut out sugar, but don't beat yourself up if you have a treat on occasion.

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Stop skipping meals

Letting your blood sugar sink sends stress signals to your brain. 

If you really can't stop and grab a mea...

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Breathe

Simple breathing exercises can calm you down and not let stress get to you or make you sick.

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Give yourself a welcoming space

Make the effort to create a pleasant space to make you smile. Declutter and order your environment the way you like it.

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Get some sunlight

Working in dark spaces is very unhealthy. Try to change your environment to gain access to natural light, or invest in full-spectrum light bulbs. 

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Buy premium products

Consider buying better quality products for yourself instead of only buying them for others.

Every time you use them, you're reinforcing ...

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Find and increase flow experiences

Flow is when you are so consumed by a task or activity that you lose track of time, for instance, gardening, reading, or watching a movie. It's an optimal experience that can make you happy. Flow can be achieved in almost any activity that requires prolonged mental effort.

Seek out daily happy habits. Your brain will build up expectations of being happy and will rewire itself to seek more happy habits.

Express gratitude

Research reveals that small and regular positive experiences have a greater impact on your life satisfaction than a few notable events of achievements.

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