Everyone wants to be happy. No one intentionally seeks out pain and misery, but so many people struggle to thrive in life because they constantly face disappointment. Being overworked, stressed out, sick, or losing people close to them is a treadmill people in today’s society seem to always be running on. How do we find stable ground? How do we stop running in circles and start relishing in the happiness we deserve?
After reading Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones of Happiness I came away with a few practices that we could each implement to create happier (and healthier) lives. If we could adopt these behaviors, habits, or practices we can significantly improve our lives.
The first one is prioritize friends and family. The people we spend the most time with are the people that influence us the most, negatively or positively. When we spend more time with our closest friends, the ones that bring us the most love and joy, the worries and stressors of life tend to get washed away. Life slows down and starts to fill up with moments and memories that make us smile and laugh.
Along these same lines, living close to family and friends tends to have a positive effect on peoples’ levels of happiness. By living in close proximity to the most important people in our lives we see, communicate, and interact with them more frequently.
Volunteering and getting involved in the community also impacts our happiness favorably. Helping others, be it seniors, children, or even animals, gives us greater purpose and meaning. It allows us to make an impact on other lives which in return helps us feel good, raises our confidence, and gives us pride.
Another great way to up your happiness level is to make a best friend at work. By having a friend you look forward to seeing and being around daily, work becomes less stressful and a more pleasurable place to spend your time.
Being grateful is another practice that can have a tremendous effect on being happy. By cherishing the moment, counting your blessings, and being thankful for the people, opportunities, and comforts you have in life, everything starts to seem a little bit better. Negativity gets pushed aside when all these great aspects of your life become a priority.
Another practice you can take part in to become happier is to set meaningful goals. When we create goals, it gives us something to focus on, work towards, and achieve. This achievement gives us confidence that is sometimes missing in life. Determine what is important to you and work towards making it a reality. Whether it be personal or professional, goals give us direction and a way to seek self-improvement.
Finally, we can improve our happiness by prioritizing our health. Being healthy enables us to do more, experience more, and achieve more in life. Exercising regularly can boost our mood and how we physically feel from day to day. It’s also a great way to clear your mind and deal with stress.
I hope that after reading this you can take these recommendations and implement them however they fit into your life. We each deserve happiness; if it’s missing from your life, it’s time for you to change that.
Make your happiness you priority. If you aren't happy, do something about it!
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!