5 Rituals To Feel Happier Instantly
What’s life without feeling happy and fulfilled?
Isn’t it like living a life without meaning or purpose?
May I ask you something?
Can you remember the last time you felt that you were living your life to its fullest?
Are you still wondering how to do that?
If that is the case, you are probably not alone.
Many people live their life without experiencing all that it has to offer.
Isn’t that a waste?
Developing several routines is crucial.
Regardless of your business, career, life or relationship.
You need reliable routines to stay happy and achieve a sense of fulfillment in life.
Often a change in lifestyle will help you achieve happiness and fulfillment in the long run.
Following a routine can help you change.
You may already have tried to install a routine in the past.
And you might, just like I did, have found out that habit formation is not easy.
But as long as you maintain consistency in everything you do, you will succeed.
There are consistent patterns that happy and satisfied people seem to follow.
They practice daily routines which keep them motivated.
These lead them to higher productivity, happiness, and fulfillment.
These daily routines can even become a habit.
Something you don’t think about anymore but simply do.
There are five routines that I will mention below that can help you to achieve more happiness and fulfillment in life.
That being said I must admit that I sometimes fail to stick to these routines.
Even will all the best intentions, relapses occur.
I am only human!
When I notice this I just start again.
No big deal.
Routine No 1: Exercise Regularly 🏃♂️
One of the critical practices that lead to happiness and fulfillment is exercising.
It does not have to be weightlifting or running a marathon.
This habit is about doing an activity to oxygenate your blood and strengthen the endorphins in your body.
Regardless of what kind of exercise you do, you will enjoy it as long as you do it regularly.
Make a schedule for exercise and commit to it no matter how busy you are.
Aim for an hour of exercise at least five days a week to achieve best results.
There is a high likelihood of you sticking to something you enjoy doing more.
You’re not limited to working out at the gym or strapping on jogging shoes.
So, allow yourself to look for something you enjoy.
Go for something that suits your lifestyle and preferences.
For instance, you could take part in:
- a dance class,
- shooting basketball hoops,
- walking in nature,
- swimming laps at the pool,
- joining a community sports league,
- playing tennis,
- jogging with your dog,
- riding a bike,
- or doing yoga in the park.
If you are having a hard time thinking of activities you enjoy, recall back to when you were a kid.
What sports or games did you enjoy playing?
Exercise isn’t just beneficial for the body.
It has a powerful positive impact on both physical and mental well-being.
Besides, exercise also releases dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin into the system.
You get an almost euphoric effect without having to consume any drugs.
You will feel more motivated, more mental clarity as well as be more emotionally sound.
People who exercise regularly tend to be happier across the board.
Also, they tend to be less stressed, angry, anxious and depressed.
Also, exercise doesn’t just help you maintain your health and attractiveness.
Studies have shown that it acts as antidepressants which keeps you happy.
Based on research, exercising brings positive impacts to both physical and mental health.
It’s known to be as powerful as the most effective psychiatric medication in the absence of side effects.
Researchers believe that physical exercise can protect bodies against some of the illness that can hit people in their later lives.
Like cognitive decline or feelings of depression and anxiety.
When dealing with patients suffering from attention-deficit disorder or depression, doing physical exercise is highly recommended by most psychologists as it works wonders.
Even as minimal as running three separate 30-minute sessions a week or brisk walking could be beneficial.
Or even a single exercise session of 10 minutes or less can have a positive effect on one’s mental health.
But, in general, the longer and more intense the physical activity is, the better the impact on health.
However, habit formation takes an average time of 66 days to solidify but may happen anywhere between 18 to 254 days.
So, do not get discouraged if you feel lethargic or demotivated to exercise at first as you are going to need time to develop the habit of exercising.
Routine No 2: Treat yourself well 💆♀️
Treating yourself well means doing anything to enhance your wellbeing.
This could include one or a combination of the following:
- getting a hot bath,
- getting enough sleep,
- drinking plenty of water,
- taking your vitamins,
- eating food that is both nourishing and healthy,
- getting a massage
- and much more.
It is of paramount importance to get quality sleep every night to be productive, think creatively, and make wise decisions.
Sleep scientists stated that the average person needs at least 7.5 – 9 hours every night.
Apart from getting enough sleep, the practice of meditation is one of the most useful techniques to live a happier life.
It helps us to control our mind and thoughts as well as enjoy living in the moment. In other words, meditation is a kind of exercise for the brain.
It helps you get tackle negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression.
It also boosts you with feelings of joy, fulfillment, and peace.
Being mindful means you are more involved in your surroundings and more aware and appreciative of everything.
To meditate, it’s not necessary to be religious or even spiritual to reap its advantages.
You don’t need pan flutes, chanting, or yoga pants during meditation.
You can carry out mindfulness, anywhere and anytime.
To begin, there are several mindfulness exercises for you to practice such as
- body scanning,
- walking meditation
- and mindful eating.
Through body scanning, you pay attention to your different body parts.
To do this, you focus on your feet first and slowly move upwards like progressive muscle relaxation.
Rather than relaxing and tensing your muscles, concentrate on the feelings obtained from every part of your body without judging them as either “pleasant” or “unpleasant.”
Meditation should become part of your daily ritual.
As the poet John Dryden once said
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
Meditation also does not need you to be in a sitting posture or still. Mindfulness in walking meditation includes focusing on every step you take:
- how you feel when your feet touch the ground,
- your flow of breath while you move,
- and when the wind blows against your face.
Next, if you eat when you’re stressed out or swallow your food down in a hurry, you should attempt to eat mindfully.
All you have to do is take a seat at the table and give undivided attention to your food.
Don’t let television, newspaper, and others stuff distract you.
Take your time to eat slowly so that you can enjoy thoroughly and focus on every bite.
Try to practice mindfulness meditation so you will start to realize and savor life’s pleasures more.
Routine No 3: Think positive! 📈
The glass is half full.
Not half empty!
We tend to be more aware of something unpleasant that has happened rather than the good things.
Therefore, our brains should be trained to develop positive thinking.
But, this does not mean wearing a fake smile every day or sing a happy song regardless of what is happening.
You should not ignore reality and act like everything is terrific even when things are not going your way.
Mulling over negative things can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Deciding to observe, appreciate and expect positivity is a strong cheerfulness booster!
Allowing yourself to feel grateful can make a significant impact on your happiness.
- to trigger positive feelings,
- have a good opinion about yourself,
- build better relationships
- and enhance the immune system of your body.
Gratitude also helps you to be more penny-wise on things you spend on.
There are many simple tasks you can enjoy to boost and develop an attitude of gratitude.
Learn to thank others sincerely.
When someone lends you a hand and eases your day, be fast to thank them and show your appreciation no matter how big or small the favor is.
It does not only cause the other person to be happy.
You too will gain a boost in happiness from it.
An expression of gratitude can make a positive change in someone else’s day!
After all, there’s a connection between humans and the things we do to each other matters.
Using a gratitude diary to count your blessings is an effective way to become more content and appreciative of the things about your life, whether small or big.
Make a routine to reflect on everything you are thankful for.
Notice all the beautiful people you come across in life who teach you valuable lessons.
Accept the adverse events from your past as you can often gain positive lessons from even the most painful experiences.
You will be happier and more grateful when you can find meaning in even the bad things you’ve experienced.
Try to spend quality time with positive-minded people who can influence us in a good way.
This can help you deal with people who let us down by injecting negativity into our lives.
Routine No 4 To Feel Happier Instantly: Don’t waste time ⏳
Effective time management can influence your happiness and success.
How well you manage the precious time you have says a lot about what you are capable of achieving.
Also, since we all have an equal amount of time in this world, how you leverage this resource will determine your potential for success.
We all have 24 hours a day, with 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
Not one person, regardless of how they look, whether they are wealthy or poor, their race and religion or their geographic location has more time than the other.
People who manage time efficiently can better handle their responsibilities.
They can manage.
They pay attention to their long-term goals.
They focus on activities that will help them forward instead of dragging them down.
Thus, you need to put in place a good system for managing your time.
Make it habitual!
This isn’t difficult to do but requires conscious and consistent effort to make it happen.
At times, isolation is the most effective technique to complete your to-do list.
Keep in mind that the best reward for your effort and discipline is that you have achieved all the things you had to do.
But, when we fail to manage time, most likely that our stress and worries increase.
We get distracted by our daily responses to life’s stressors.
We fail to tackle things upfront that will help us get rid of unwanted crises or emergencies shortly.
For example, we forget to settle our bills, miss essential meetings and neglect our activities to pursue our goals.
Without proper time management, we tend to procrastinate.
Mobile phones, text messages, and emails, more laptops, and gadgets.
Left unmanaged and uncontrolled they make us available and attentive for long periods of time.
They take away time from more important long-term goals.
Making it difficult to fulfill our wants or necessities in life.
We should make good use of our time advancing towards our goals.
Or else we might regret the moment we realize that we are a few steps further away from reaching our goals due to time spent doing unnecessary activities.
It is clear that it’s not the amount of time we have that causes unhappiness or discourage us from reaching our goals.
It’s about how we can make full use of the precious little time we have.
It is important to manage time as having too much, or too little to do may be harmful to our mental health.
If we get too busy, we won’t have enough time for self-enhancement which would prevent us from learning and growing.
If we have too little to do, we will begin overthinking everything in our lives which boosts our stress levels and doesn’t help us blossom.
Spending your time wisely will help you remain balanced, productive and inspired.
Routine No 5: Set Goals 🥅
Even in the best of times, long-term goals may appear overwhelming.
By adopting a daily goal-setting strategy, this can be overcome.
With a daily goal-setting habit you focus on the one-day-at-time, short-term scenarios.
Efficient goal setting means you’re clear about what you want to achieve.
No matter what your goal is; short-term and small, or long-term and grandiose, you need to take actionable steps to reach your goals.
You should make sure that your goals are challenging enough to stimulate your interest and keep you motivated but not so laborious that you have zero chance of achieving them
Finally, you need to have a constant check back on your goals to make sure you are on the right track to achieving them.
It is pointless and time-consuming to set goals you have no intention of achieving them.
What often prevents us from succeeding in life is our failure to set the right goals.
Approximately 8% of the population who make a new year resolution meet them.
Apart from those New Year’s resolution, it is widespread for many to set goals without having the intention to achieve them.
We’ve all set goals before but gave up in the end because we forgot to follow a time-proven process of setting goals.
Whenever we set goals which are passive, we often say it for fun, but we don’t jot down the goals and list all out with full details, nor make a plan to achieve them.
As a result, we either end up failing or give up on our goals.
On the other hand, others who have used the SMARTER goal setting technique have a better chance to achieve success. SMARTER goals are defined by :
(T)ime-Based goals which are
(E)valuated, with a
(R)e-Adjusted approach which has been set until you achieve success.
Those who don’t follow this goal setting will find reaching goals way tougher.
SMARTER goals only work when you start writing your goals down on paper.
Include what you want to achieve and elaborate it in full details without missing out any important points.
For instance, don’t just mention you aim to be a millionaire or to become fit.
State an exact figure on how much you intend to earn.
Write down the amount of pounds that you aim to lose.
Also, include a specific date for its attainment.
If the goals you set are meaningful, you’re halfway there.
Lofty goals are also discouraged as you don’t want to end up getting disappointed.
For instance, you aim to earn a billion bucks within one year, but you currently have a massive debt burden.
Noticing progress in reaching our goals contributes to more positive emotions and more fulfillment with life.
Also, it boosts our well-being and overall happiness.
Consequently, positive emotions drive up our motivation to act.
This is a win-win situation if we can just get started with the setting of SMARTER goals.
It is your choice to make your decisions in life.
Would you like to reach for the stars or remained trapped in the endless loop of dull working life?
Are you willing to get out of the comfort zone and strike happiness and success?
Start practicing these healthy habits and take actions to live your life to the fullest.
I wish you happiness and fulfillment in life.
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