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11 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy Every Day

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 yourself and to go after your dreams.

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11 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy Every Day

11 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy Every Day

https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/11-simple-ways-to-make-yourself-happy-every-day.html

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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 yourself and to go after your dreams.

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.

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 stuck inside your own imperfect skin. 

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 level as they are. Less stress with less income can be your answer to be happier.

Avoid toxic people

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

There's no reason to put up with people saying or doing things that constantly break you down.

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.

Stop skipping meals

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

If you really can't stop and grab a meal, make sure you have healthy snacks at your desk.

Breathe

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

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.

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. 

Above all, make sure to get outside for a walk as often as you can.

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 to yourself that you're worth more.

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