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6 happy habits

by Bistra Kumbaroska on 6th September, 2012 at 9:14 AM CEST

After reading and discussing about winners and battles worth winning, I believe we can all agree that happiness is one thing that sticks to winners. Happiness itself is a battle but happiness belongs and should grow in all of us. If we are happy at the end of the day, we are the winners!

That is why I decided to dedicate this article to 6 things or habits that bring happiness to our everyday lives! Of course, happiness is a subject of individual matter and cannot be generalized. But some habits are considered as basic ones for a happy life. Some I have picked up in books, some I practice myself, some are even scientifically proved! Check them out.

1. Wake up early

There is something magical about the early morning that speeds up your mode, balances your day and sets you up for a fresh start. Focusing is much easier and workload seems lighter. But, you have to Get enough sleep. Listen to your body and try to find the best optimal moment of sunrising and your body rising. Early mornings give special flavour. Check out 23 successful people who wake up really early, rarely sleeping past 04:30 or 5. (i feel dizzy only by typing that :))

2. Savor Everyday Moments

Stop now and then, pause and smell a rose or watch children at play. Look at the sky. Smile at the birds. Study shows that people who took time to “savor” ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. Cherish the small things in life.

3. Get Out and Exercise

A Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem. Exercise makes us happy. It’s science!

4. Self-reflect and renew periodically

“The richest, happiest and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal” Loehr and Schwarz say in their book The Power of Full Engagement.  Use some time of the day to renew your focus and energy. A walk in the park, sitting beside a lake, or simply breathing fresh air and listening to music! The best time to do so is before going to bed. You will feel calm and relaxed by the time you return home. Stress must not be your way of life. 

5. Help others!

Make altruism and giving part of your life and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others’ successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.

6. Learn.

One thing I’ve personally found during my time in challenge:future, is that a key reason I’ve been happy for most of my time is that I consistently have new challenges to take on. Most of us have one or two areas of knowledge that we strive to know very well — things related to our jobs, of course, and maybe a hobby or two. But while it’s important to develop a deep understanding of the things that matter most to us, it is just as important to develop a broad understanding of the world in general. The lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile.

Don’t forget that listing these things doesn’t mean doing them. So don’t just read. Apply them.

How many of these do you already practice?

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Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

There is one thing i did not mention in this 6 happy habits, cus i consider it not so general or basic. I call it poetry, it can be also called art :) For me, poetry is the thing that opens new worlds and perspectives. Gives fresh air to my daily life and fills me up with true happiness. I read often, I write sometimes, but most importantly, i do immerse poetry in my world and everyday life. So what's your unique habit? :)

6th September, 2012 @ 12:14 PM CEST

afrinah ahmed

afrinah ahmed | Action team

Wonderful article Bistra, i just could not stop my self from commenting :p

I say, smiling helps make you feel much better !! It kills negativity. So, whenever i am sad, or depressed, or in tension, i start laughing !! Not in the bad way of-course :p
I don't say that smiling can help solve my problem, but I believe, the more good thoughts i have, the more good things will happen and the better it will get.

Other thn this, i am a content person, i accept what i am, rather thn pushing myself to be what i am not, i enjoy whatever i do, and always surround myself with happy people & i soo agree with your very last point Bistra, ART, the love of my life <3. Writing poetry & painting, makes me feel happy. Whenever any of my painting turns out to be good, more thn i expect it to be, that's the real moment of joy & fun & happiness for me :D :p

I know its very difficult to remain happy throughout life, but happiness lie within us only !! So, why let others ruin your day or life ? Kick them aside, enjoy, have fun, smile and stay happy :)

6th September, 2012 @ 1:06 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Hmmm, happiness is from the mind. We should learn to tune our minds to what makes us happy, not easy sometimes but you have to make yourself happy inorder to see the challenges and trials you face as a mere trial that will soon pass away.

6th September, 2012 @ 9:23 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Bistra, every point you make is a point of truth!

Personally, I tend to do all of these. Waking up early is a challenge for me, because I am really a night bird. I am bit of slow in the mornings and all my friends knows about it. However, I believe I have improved myself since few months back. :))

And the other thing, you really get happier if you exercise. I have proved that to myself. I love yoga, but I am bit lazy i.e. there must someone to accompany me!:)) It's funnier that way.

Cheers, Stef

7th September, 2012 @ 1:23 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Bistra, thank you from the bottom of my heart! The tips you shared are lifelong lessons to reinforce happiness – I observe most, if not all of them. Happiness comes naturally, it’s more or less the outcome of our choices in life; we all have choices about how to respond to life events and circumstances. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. Appreciating who we are and what we have are fundamental to happiness. I’m happy when I am doing the things that I enjoy, like sparking my creativity via writing, listening to music, meditating (quiet time), exercising, helping others, learning new skills, seeing and seizing opportunities, living purposefully, etc. However, my ultimate source of happiness is the cordiality of my relationship with God – the author and finisher of my faith. "Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible." - St. Augustine

Life is not about everything going your way all the time. It is about appreciating the opportunity to learn more and serve more each day for the good of God and mankind no matter what happens each day.

7th September, 2012 @ 12:08 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Bistra, excellent tips! I also try to implement them all, and I can say that since I started excercising life seems a lot more beautiful. Not only that it fills me with positive energy, but that hour when I excercise I forget about everything and just focus on the act. It is so liberating :) Also, I think that volunteering is very helpful since it entails helping others, learning and having fun at the same time. Plus you get the chance to meet new people who share your aspirations and you get the chance to reflect upon yourself and compare how you were and how you are now that you started doing something new and helpful. It helps you develop on so many levels!

9th September, 2012 @ 12:59 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Your comments are like reading new articles. Resourceful and full of new perspectives. I am thankful for being part of this fruitful discussion and also happy that there is one habit none of us mentioned, but actually sticks to our daily lives more and more. It is this habit! The habit of getting online, and checking my c:f profile. Getting online and reading new articles on the platform. The habit to talk to the whole world by typing this words to you. We are a happy generation! :)

10th September, 2012 @ 12:19 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

i wrong long story on all 6, press post n it didnt came up and gone ... !! -- -

13th September, 2012 @ 1:20 PM CEST

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