Happiness is something any human being cannot do without. Being happy helps you achieve your personal ambitions and goals. Happy and positive people solve problems faster and cope with every challenge better. In fact, challenges run away from happy people. Happy people are attractive to others. Happiness is not just wearing a huge smile on your face. It is a life style and a sense of being that draws from a free-flowing spring of joy and fulfillment withing you. Because of the hustle and bustle of life these days most people end up unhappy, in some cases, without even knowing they are unhappy. Don’t forget that unhappiness does not only reduce your life span but also ensures you don’t achieve your goals and life ambition. If you want to avoid creating unhappiness for yourself through your lifestyle please read this interesting piece by Kate Snowise posted on Thrive.How. It provides five common habits that are stopping you from being happy.
5. Common Habits That Are Stopping You From Being Happy
1. Staying up late to watch one last episode
It is easy to get sucked into another episode of your favorite show or to find yourself mindlessly watching TV one program after another as you get into the later hours of the night. Yet this time could be better spent getting the much-needed sleep that too many of us have forgotten that we so desperately need. Research findings now clearly support the fact that by far the majority of people require 8 hours of sleep each night in order to function adequately. Set yourself a regular bedtime and begin seeing sleep as an absolute priority.
2. Mindlessly scrolling through Social Media
Social media is the greatest time-sucker of the modern generation. You may jump on to have a glance and before you know it you’ve spent half an hour thoughtlessly scrolling through people’s pictures and updates. It is incredibly easy to get into a habit of using social media as a distraction for your mind, but it is a mindless not mindful activity. What is better for your happiness is to take mindful breaks. Instead of using social media to fill in your downtime, you could be more aware and take a five-minute walk with no distractions or pick up an old-fashioned book and read the material you are genuinely interested in.
3. Winding down with a glass of wine most nights
Modern life is chaotic, busy and stressful and far too many of us live on the borderline of burning out. We are naturally designed to look for methods to alleviate undesirable feelings, but when we do this unconsciously we often rely on short-term solutions that are in fact detrimental to our long-term well-being. One of the most common unhealthy short-term coping methods is drinking alcohol to help us relax and unwind. Although it may make you feel better in the immediate moment, alcohol impacts on the quality of our sleep and stop us from getting into the most restorative sleep phases. Alcohol is also a mood depressant and after the short-term high, we inevitably are left feeling lower than we otherwise would have the next day. Be conscious of your behavior and look for healthier ways to manage your stress such as partaking in self-care, exercise or meditation.
4. Putting off catching up with good friends
In the midst of our busyness, we are prone to feeling like making time for our friends is a luxury, not a necessity. It becomes something that is easily postponed or we simply don’t organize. But friendships and genuine human connection matter. Research now clearly supports the power of strong social connections in keeping us healthy and happy. The caveat here is that we need ‘genuine’ human connection. A friendship that you partake in out of obligation, or that you find draining or hard work, is not going to boost your happiness. Don’t feel guilty making time for you good friends. It is an investment in your well-being bank account.
5. Living completely in our day-to-day routine
Modern day self-help literature frequently reminds us that our lives are only happening in the ‘now’. This is absolutely true, but there is also a danger in getting stuck in the day-to-day living of our lives and forgetting to ever dream or plan ahead. We feel most alive when we step outside of our comfort zones and do new things. To make sure you don’t get stuck in a rut, and live the same life day-in-day-out like groundhog day for years, you have to give yourself some time to dream and set goals. Don’t forget to reflect on the life you are living to ensure you are heading in the direction you want to. Frequently make time for the stuff that makes your heart sing and you’ll feel happier in the longer-term.
Don’t forget that happiness is a choice. So make the right choice now.