Get perspective and clarity on which area of your life you have to focus on. Start by analyzing, examining and identifying the problem areas:
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Happiness is not a goal or something to pursue at a later time. Emotional health is a skill to be mastered, not a destination to eventually arrive at.
And being happy is being linked to an active lifestyle, a better diet, better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, an improved immune system, and increased life expectancy.
Most people are stuck in negativity out of sheer habit and think happiness is just available in small doses, occasionally. To get out of the negative thinking:
Being meaningfully kind to others, using small gestures like helping someone get a chair, or asking about their health, releases oxytocin to both the kind person and the receiving person.
This, in turn, helps in job satisfaction and an overall sense of happiness.
Being intentionally happy in your relationships, and in your family raises our happiness levels in untold ways.
One feels more connected, joyful, peaceful and blissful when exchanging love with family members and our circle of close friends.
Go to sleep early. Having a sense of discipline in our life patterns and routines provides us with a sense of happiness, even if it means depriving ourselves of certain pleasures in the short-term.
One mistake people make when starting a hobby is picking something aspirational rather than something they enjoy. When you pick a hobby, stay true to what you enjoy. If you like cooking, try to take your current skills up a notch. If you like writing, try a fiction workshop.
If you want to try something totally new, start small. To hold yourself accountable, enlist friends in the effort.
We have the smartphones that we carry with us 24/7, always able to catch what other people are up to and feel envious about it.
Even if we use logic and intellect to tell ourselves that the images that we see on social media may not be real or factual, as they can be edited/filtered, they still affect us on an emotional level.
There is often an underlying fear that prevents us from saying no. Perhaps we fear that we are not good enough. We find the compulsive "yes" might help us feel better. However, we cannot continue living at this pace.
We need to ask ourselves why we continue to do the very things that make us unhappy. Self-restraint and missing out are vital for our well-being.