How to boost happiness and contentment in your life -part 2

 

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1. Practice being mindful- be aware and authentically focused on the present rather than regretting the past or thinking about possible negative scenarios in the future. Mindfulness is characterized by consciously choosing to explore, experience, be curious and open to your feelings, physical sensations, thoughts, behaviors,others and the surroundings. You are therefore off the automatic pilot and more aware of even the smallest and the most fleeting moment of positivity and happiness that you experience, which allows you to savor it.

2. Self-efficacy-Work on boosting your self-efficacy because it facilitates achievements of goals and your psychological well-being, thus it will raise your level of happiness and contentment.  Self-efficacy reflects the belief of being capable to carry out an effective behaviour to cope with challenging demands from the environment and produce the desirable outcome. It makes us more confident, open and hopeful about the future too. Self-efficacy influences the level of effort, motivation, resilience, perseverance and commitment to solve problems and cope with life’s struggles. People with high self-efficacy are more optimistic, satisfied, happy and socially integrated.

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3. Volunteer- making others happy, helping and making a difference in others’ lives makes us feel happy and fulfilled. Seeing the impact that it has on others also makes us feel appreciated and valued. Volunteering  gives us a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging, which adds to our happiness, pride and joy. Acts of kindness can function as a positive distraction or as a way of emotionally coping with our struggles, as well as, it can provide another perspective on our own lives. Research findings even show physical health benefits to 2-3 hours per week of volunteering.

4. Reduce social isolation- Reach out and socialize; socializing more, connecting with others and/or having positive relationships with loved ones and friendships boosts enjoyment, fulfillment, happiness and many other positive emotions,which enriches your life and fills up your resources.

5. Reduce social comparisons – Take images and messages from the media with a grain of salt and beware of comparing yourself with other.

6. Take breaks from technology – Our noses are automatically glued to the screens, which makes us miss a certain level of intimacy and connection with others that can contribute to our happiness even more. It also causes us to lose focus, reduces attention and productivity so turning it off or setting more limits can help us to be more satisfied with the way we that function daily.

You might have noticed that the 12 ways to  boost your happiness and life satisfaction have one thing in common and that is that you need to make an deliberate choice and take action in order to raise your level of happiness and life satisfaction. Feel free to share what, when and how you are going to start applying them  in your life.

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How to boost happiness and contentment in your life- part 1

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” –Aristotle

Adapting healthy habits, reducing or eliminating unhelpful behaviors and formulating more rational and helpful thoughts will improve your well- being. This blog article and the following one will focus on 12 things that you can do to boost happiness and contentment in your life.

1.Identify and define what specifically happiness means to you – What makes someone happy may not necessarily be what makes you happy. Being happy is thus subjective as every individual perceives and experiences it differently. In order to make that goal more achievable and realistic you need to specifically define it and focus on what exactly happiness means to you; what needs do you have that need to be fulfilled in order for you to feel happy and what do you need to do or which steps will get you there.

2 Self- acceptance–  Know yourself, acknowledge who you genuinely, believe in yourself and in your worthiness. Appreciate that your flaws, limitations, imperfections are part of your individuality just as strengths, beauty, passions, capacities, achievements, successes and talents are. By giving yourself permission to embrace and accept the whole you, you can be more authentic in your life. Focusing on who you are right now not on whom you could become or should have been, or were in the past,  will bring more acceptance, contentment, self- compassion and happiness to your life.

3. Find deeper meaning and purpose– Set goals and implement them; follow your passions , mission and find deeper meaning in all that occurs. Living purposeful and intentional life empowers and fills us with more happiness. Additionally, connect with people who inspire you, support and care about you.  It will give you a sense of hope, purpose, direction, motivation, fulfillment, happiness and satisfaction.

4.Reduce worrying and complaining – both do not contribute to the level of happiness and contentment that you feel but only take you in a slippery sloop towards negativity, passivity, stagnation  and the development of psychological symptoms. Try problem solving, action taking, mindfulness and acceptance instead.

 5. Be flexible with your need to control- Find the fine line when it comes to controlling. Trying to control and change e.g.  people or situations that are out of your control will lead to frustrations, over-preoccupation and unhappiness. Differentiate between what is out of your control and what you can control and change. Making the distinction can make a difference in the way that you perceive and experience your life.

6. Gratitude- Counting your blessing ( about 5 things for which you are currently thankful) intentionally focuses your attention on the positives in your life, thereby adds some balance to a negative emotional state and lowers stress levels. Keeping a daily journal is a helpful habit that raises level of happiness in your life ,although for some people a weekly entry is also effective.

The next article will list 6 additional strategies so stay tuned.

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