There may not be a handbook to happiness, and because everyone is different, your path to personal enlightenment won’t be the same as the next person’s. At the very least, though, the happiest of people follow tend to have a few primary habits that they follow on a regular basis. By incorporating good habits into your daily routine, you may find yourself on the road to happiness in no time at all.
1. Eat Breakfast Everyday
Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. Imagine gearing up for a road trip and not fueling your vehicle with gas. Running on empty will only lead to a breakdown in the middle of the trip. The same applies to eating breakfast daily. People who regularly eat a healthy, hearty breakfast are more energized and generally have a more upbeat disposition throughout the day.
2. Go for a Daily Jog
An early morning jog (even if it’s just for 15 minutes) can positively impact how the rest of your day goes. Daily exercise has been proven to reduce stress, boost energy levels, improve self-esteem, and even improve memory retention.
3. Set an Intention for the Day
What’s something (or even multiple things) that you hope to accomplish today? Make a list, make it your priority to achieve the goals listed, and at the end of the day, you can revel in your achievements and feel good about yourself. Even if they are small, having a list of goals checked off at the end of the day will act as a major boost to your self-esteem.
4. Practice Self Care Daily
What does self care mean to you? Does it mean a bubble bath and a glass of wine after a long day? Does it mean diving in your favorite book before bed? Perhaps it means daily meditation. Your responsibilities should not completely dominate your life to the point that you don’t make time for the small things that bring you joy. Forging these moments for yourself is the embodiment of self-care, and a step on the road to happiness.
5. Drink Enough Water
This may seem silly, but don’t underestimate the impact of a glass of water on your overall temperament. Dehydration severely affects mood and cognition — and downing a cup of soda, juice, or any other sugary beverage isn’t going to quench your thirst, or make you feel energized quite like a cup (or cups) of water would over the course of the day.
6. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
None of the above matters if you aren’t getting quality sleep each night! Happy people are well-rested people. They have bedtimes that they adhere to, and are less prone to anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders. And let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than having to fulfill your daily obligations on zero sleep. Your quality of work and quality of life both suffer without a full 6-8 hours or more each night.
7. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is the best way to express pent up frustrations and even jubilations. Keeping a log of your feelings will no doubt lead to a better understanding of them. Additionally, experts identify journaling as a key factor in reducing stress, anxiety and symptoms associated with depression. When you’re feeling distressed, journaling can ground you, make you feel more connected with yourself, and promote greater introspection that can lead to personal growth and happiness.