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15 Tips to Boost Your Well-Being and Happiness

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15 Tips to Boost Your Well-Being and Happiness
According to clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, "well-being is associated with balance, understanding, acceptance and constant growth." Below you'll find 15 ways to help you flourish and bolster your well-being. 1. Accept your emotions. "Some would argue that most of our physical, mental and relational problems come from our inability to adequately experience emotions," Howes said.

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Accept Your Emotions

Accept Your Emotions

Allow yourself to feel your feelings, so you don’t spend more energy avoiding them than you would on feeling them. This way you can focus on the situation, fully experience the feelings and maybe better understand why it hurts and what to do about it.

Research also indicates that writing about negative emotions made people less depressed and more positive about life than before they started writing. 

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Take Daily Risks

Take Daily Risks

Structure and routine are important, but in excess, they may stop you from growing. Taking certain risks can be healthy and rewarding.

Challenge yourself to take a risk each day, do something new or differently, anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone.

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Live In The Present

Live In The Present

Mental health tends to deteriorate when we obsess over past happenings instead of taking responsibility in what we’re doing or creating in the now.

Live in the present without hyper-focusing on the future or the past.

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Be Introspective

Be Introspective

Avoid coasting through life by asking yourself if you are in denial about or resisting something in your life.

Step back and consider where your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are coming from. Always ask yourself if it is helpful, necessary or if there isn’t a better option.

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Laugh

Laugh

Research indicates that adults on average don’t laugh much during the day, so watch a funny movie or play games.

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Live Your Personal Values

Live Your Personal Values

Your values serve as an ‘inner GPS system’ that guides you through life, helping you make the right decisions and keeping you on track.

Knowing and living your values will lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfillment.

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Keep Tabs On Your Thoughts.

Keep Tabs On Your Thoughts.

Beware of your thoughts, else you may fall in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, which seem to sprout naturally. Not only do these thoughts sink our mood but we also start to see them as truths.

Monitor, challenge and replace negative thoughts to work through them and see they are untrue and changeable.

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Practice Gratitude

Practice Gratitude
You can shift your outlook on life when you come from a perspective of gratitude:
  • Make a list of 3 things you’re thankful for every morning.
  • List 10 reasons why you’re grateful for your job.
  • Look for unexpected surprises such as ‘my sunny office window’ or ‘cool work friends to have lunch with. ’

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Discover Or Rediscover a Passion

Discover Or Rediscover a Passion

Take the time to consider your passions. Doing something that really engages your mind is great for well-being.

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Do What Makes You Happy

Do What Makes You Happy

Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through your days on autopilot, and that can get tedious and depressing. 

Start your day off on a positive note by engaging in an enjoyable activity every morning.

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Get Rid Of Rotten Eggs

Get Rid Of Rotten Eggs

There are often rotten eggs in your life that drag down your mental outlook. Identify your rotten eggs and figure out how to remove them.

Your rotten eggs might seem small. But even annoyances can add up and chip away at your mood and well-being.

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Positive Scents And Sounds

Positive Scents And Sounds

Our surroundings can affect our well-being. Use that to create a positive feeling at home with lemon, peppermint or other essential oils you love or playing some music that fits your mood.

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Get Inspired

Get Inspired

Surround yourself with simple things that inspire you. Like subscribing to a daily quote to listening to uplifting audiobooks, or reading magazines with exciting ideas.

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Carve Out Time To Meditate

Carve Out Time To Meditate

Take a few minutes each day to sit, relax and breathe. Meditation is simple and it doesn’t take much time or effort, besides being quite soothing. 

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Name your limits

You can’t set good boundaries if you’re unsure of where your limits are.

Identify what you can permit and accept and what makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed.

Tune into your feelings

There are two key feelings that are red flags that you are letting go of your boundaries.

  • Discomfort. Ask yourself what is causing the discomfort.
  • Resentment. Resentment usually comes from being taken advantage of or not appreciated.

Be direct

With some people, maintaining healthy boundaries doesn’t require a direct and clear-cut dialogue.

There are other times you might need to be frank, such as with those who have a different personality or cultural background.

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Understanding burnout

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Burnout and your free time

When you are experiencing burnout from the stress of your job, you can forget what time off is supposed to feel like. 

You can even develop bad habits on the weekend that are making you feel even more drained and overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Living too much for the weekend

When people split their week up and start thinking of work as bad and the weekend as all good, that contributes to the problem.

Bring your weekend into your week, and find engagement elsewhere: if that's when you connect with friends and family, find a way to make it a part of your workdays as well. Also, choose to engage during your free days with activities such as volunteering, arts or even starting a side hustle.