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5 Things I Should Do To Be Happier

5 Things I Should Do To Be Happier

Humans are emotional beings. We experience a wide range of feelings on a daily basis. We experience negative emotions like fear and anger that help us to get away from danger or defend ourselves. Meanwhile, positive emotions like hope connect us with other people and build our capacity to cope when things go wrong. We seek happiness and acquire the habits to do so. 

5 Things I Should Do To Be Happier

saying no

Saying no has always been difficult. Mostly because people have associated it with being selfish or rude. However, saying no means you know your value and respect yourself enough to stand up for yourself. I often feel pressure to do things that I don’t want to do. Often, I put the same pressure on myself. The thoughts overwhelm me and I forget that it’s okay to say no. And, if I do it more often, I can be happier.

prioritizing my health

I sometimes forget to physically, mentally, and emotionally take care of myself. Although I am on a diet, I forget to even eat on time. I know I need a balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, protein, and dairy for optimal energy. I don’t even sleep seven to eight hours every night. It’s not that I don’t want to. I just can’t fall asleep properly. Aside from that, regular exercise isn’t even in the routine. Not only do these affect my mental health, but it also doesn’t help me to be happier. 

not taking negative comments personally

Now, this is one of the things that I’ve always found easy. I have my own opinion about myself and that’s what matters, as well as the opinion of those close to me. Sometimes, people find themselves worried about whether someone doesn’t like them or something. Although I get angry at times, I chalk it up and sweep it under the rug. That way, I save myself unnecessary heartache or hurt feelings. If I take negative comments personally, I remind myself that other people’s behavior attributes to themselves, not to me. And, that makes me happier. 

addressing uncomfortable conversations

I have this philosophy that communication is not key, comprehension is. You can talk and talk and talk. But, if you don’t take the time to understand, then it wouldn’t work. Uncomfortable conversations may seem easier to avoid. However, I make myself happier when I don’t shy away from facing these kinds of conversations. Running from problems and hiding away from them won’t solve anything. 

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avoiding comparing myself to others

I don’t like comparing myself to others. So, I make sure I’m not in competition with anyone but myself. Although social media is harmful, I actually need it for work. That’s why I make sure I don’t subscribe to unrealistic beauty standards and the constant pressure to do more. 

How about you? What do you do to feel happier?

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