What’s the greatest thing you can do for others?
Become genuinely happy.
Here’s the secret though: becoming genuinely happy takes work. Are you willing to do it?
What habits are preventing you from becoming genuinely happy?
Here are some common habits I am familiar with and have noticed affect others’ happiness as well:
1. Being a pushover
2. Making decisions that don’t align with your goals
3. Not being true to yourself
4. Doing things only for instant gratification
5. Being selfish
Why do these habits affect us negatively? They prevent us from having genuine connections with ourselves which in turn makes it hard for us to connect with others.
Think of a time when you truly felt good about yourself. Not just in a superficial way, but in a way that went deeper. You were excited to wake up and felt like you were in great alignment. Your conversations were not only great internally, but this alignment allowed for you to have great interactions with others. Every action and moment felt like it served a greater purpose. You felt connected to source.
So, if you aren’t new to my blog, you know that I love to ask questions. I think asking yourself questions often is so important in understanding ourselves and why we behave in certain ways.
Here are some questions I want you to consider in figuring out how you will become genuinely happy:
How will I spend my mornings?
For me, mornings are sacred. I need time to wake up. If I don’t get this time, it affects my day and mood. The days I’m happiest are when I wake up and meditate. Don’t check my phone. Take time to pick out my outfit and plan my day.
What will I do everyday to work toward my goals?
No matter who you are, working toward a goal is crucial in finding meaning in your everyday life. My goal is to lead a healthy lifestyle. I walk every single day. Walks are a good way for me to reflect and get in fresh air while getting steps in. I enjoy them too! What thing can you implement that will work with your schedule? Pick something you will enjoy doing and stick with it. Make it essential in your daily routine.
What is/ will be my creative outlet?
We all need one. Is it music? Writing? Painting? Whatever it is, make sure you have a bit of it at least once a week. Do something simply for the fun of it.
What will I do to stop myself from going back to old habits that prevent my happiness?
Figure out your triggers and check-in with yourself often. Why are you doing what you’re doing? I used to go out when I was sad or disappointed- not because I wanted to celebrate or have fun. In an attempt to escape reality, this habit only made me sadder. Now before I go out, I ask myself: why am I going out? And if it’s because I’m sad, I will decide to stay in and pamper myself. This has quick reflecting time has changed my life. Realize your own destructive behaviors, why you do them, and what you can do to change them for a healthier way of coping.
What do you think? What makes you genuinely happy?
Thanks for reading!