The Power of Gratitude for Greater Health & Happiness

The Power of Gratitude for Greater Health & Happiness

Did you know that expressing gratitude for what we have in our lives has a significant impact on our overall health and happiness?

Sounds like rocket science, right? NOT!

But truly, it’s crazy how many of us forget to express gratitude each day, especially for the things that we are fortunate to have in our lives.

I guess, it’s probably because they’re no longer a novelty. Things like our family, our friends, our health, our houses our education or even our pets.

We have also become so focused on being busy, and on all the things we don’t have yet. This causes us to feel stressed and overlook all the amazingly wonderful things we do have. 

Whether it’s wanting more money, travelling somewhere new, a new job, cooler friends, a new car, a bigger house, etc… the list goes on.

Our brains have become wired to notice and remember the things that are wrong in our lives.

It’s a survival mechanism, that once served to protect us (back in our cavemen days). But, now has less significant importance only causing us additional stress, pain, suffering and unhappiness.

This is why it is important to train our brains to focus on positivity and gratitude.

 

 

What is Gratitude?

Being “positive” doesn’t mean walking around whistling, wide-eyed and smiling like a clown…. especially when you’re feeling lousy on the inside.

That’s just fakery and is not going to help you by any means.

It’s also not about ignoring your reality or pretending that things are wonderful when they’re not.

To express gratitude you need to flip your natural urges on their head (Eg. focusing on the negative) and instead, choose to focus on all the amazing things you have already in your life.

Say thank you for:

  • The company of your family and friends each and every day
  • Having a steady job to earn an income (Many people around the world don’t have this luxury)
  • Access to hygienic food and fresh water (Consider the poverty of 3rd world countries)
  • A secure roof over your head
  • The freedom of a car for independence
  • Having a comfortable bed to sleep in at night (Many are homeless & don’t have this luxury)

You get the idea.

There are SO MANY things to be grateful for!

This is why it is important to take a moment out of your day (even just 5 minutes) to list out and appreciate all the amazing things you have already achieved up until this point.

 

The Benefits of Expressing Gratitude

Dwelling on negative things fuels unhappiness, depression and anxiety whereas teaching yourself to notice, appreciate and anticipate goodness can be a significant happiness booster.

Research has shown that gratitude helps you to:

  • Experience more positive emotions
  • Decrease depression
  • Become more aware of the abundance in your life
  • Feel better about yourself on the inside
  • Improve your relationships, and
  • Strengthen your immune system.

According to HelpGuide.org, a recent study even revealed that gratitude can make you smarter with how you spend your money. Well, that’s pretty awesome, hey!

 

How to Express Gratitude

1. Give Sincere Thanks to Others in the Moment

When someone goes above and beyond for you or does something to make your day easier, ensure to say a hearty “Thanks!”

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy or over the top, just be quick to verbalise your thanks and appreciation.

Not only will it make the other person feel good, but it will also give your happiness a boost.

Give it a try and see how you feel!

*P.S> Watch this Video*

I love the video below. I almost listen to it every day as part of my morning routine because it reminds me of all the things to be thankful for.

You go Denzel Washington!

It gets me feeling all passionate, motivated and emotional every time….

Maybe it will have a similar impact on you?

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Rather than focusing on all the negatives of your day, take a moment to write down all the good things that happened.

Writing down what you’re grateful has been proven to help you feel happier, more connected to others and genuinely appreciative.

It also helps to bring to light small things that may have happened during your day that you overlooked at the time.

To be completely honest, I personally haven’t created a gratitude journal myself, but others do claim that it works for them.

I find that physically recording myself repeating a list of what I’m grateful for and then replaying it to myself each morning is also a really awesome way to do this.

Give both a go and see what you think works best for you.

 

3. Shift Your Mindset – Look for the Positive

Despite it hurting at the time, even the most painful events from our past can teach us positive lessons for the future.

Rather than dwelling on how sh*t something was, focus on what you learned and how it made you a stronger, wiser or more compassionate person now.

If you struggle with dwelling on the negative in life, check out our steps on how to Overcome Limiting Beliefs in 4 Simple Steps.

This would be a great next step for you!

How to express gratitude through meditation

4. Express Gratitude Through Meditation

I love taking a moment in my morning to reflect on all the amazing things in my life.

Mindfulness Meditation is the technique I use to express gratitude daily.

Meditation is great because it helps you build a habit of expressing gratitude and can help to calm the mind, promote relaxation and improve focus during your day. It also has many scientifically proven health benefits in addition to boosting health and happiness.

If you’d like to learn more expressing gratitude through meditation, a great place to start is with our Mindfully Happy Handbook.

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  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Gratitude
  • Building a Positive Mindset &
  • Overcoming Limiting Beliefs that hold you back from achieving your true potential.

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Next Up: Read our Article on 12 Simple Tips to Live a Healthy & Happy Life

 

14 Happiness Quotes by Famous People

14 Happiness Quotes by Famous People

Happiness – Something we all seek to obtain in our lives, yet many struggle to achieve. 

I don’t know about you, but I always find following celebrities journeys so fascinating, as well as the wisdom they share from their newly gained experiences.

I think it’s always important to remember that all of us have our battles, but there’s always a silver lining.

Here are some amazing and thought-provoking happiness quotes from some of the world’s greatest idols, or should I say, some of “my” greatest idols.

Upon coming across these throughout my own journey, I just felt like I HAD to share them with you and add some sparkle to your day!

So, without further ado, let’s get straight into it and start with one of my absolute favourites: Leonardo DiCaprio.

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14 Happiness Quotes by Famous People

 

1.“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

– Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor

 

2. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

– Buddha

 

3. “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfilment.”

– Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur & Life Coach

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4. “I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we’re supposed to make. We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else’s idea of our happiness – what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, ‘Just be happy – go be a cobbler or go live with goats.”

Sandra Bullock, Actress

 

5. “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” 

– Democritus, Greek Philosopher

 

6. “There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.”

– Hugh Jackman, Actor

 

7. “Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy.”

– Beyoncé

Happiness Quotes by Famous People

8. “Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.”

– Richard Branson, Business Entrepreneur

 

9. “You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.

– Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder

10. “No one is perfect… absolutely no one. Like precious stones, we have a few flaws, but why focus on that? Focus on what you like about yourself, and that will bring you happiness and peace.”

– Richard Simmons, Television Personality

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11. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come”

– Ellen DeGeneres

 

12. “My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day..”

– Jennifer Garner, Actress

 

13. “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short-term and the long-term for both yourself and others will come”

– Dalai Lama, Buddhist Monk

 

14. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.

― Audrey Hepburn, Actress

 

So there you have it, some beautiful happiness quotes and tips to help you create a life that you love.

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10 Simple Tips to Find Greater Happiness in Life

10 Simple Tips to Find Greater Happiness in Life

Why is it that so many of us struggle with finding true Happiness?

Regardless of the many wonders and joys in the world or even the things in our lives that are well and amazing, many of us trudge through our daily lives unfulfilled, sad and dissatisfied.

We all want to find happiness….

But it’s so easy for us to feel unhappy with ourselves, unhappy with those around us, unhappy with the jobs we have, dissatisfied with the direction of our lives and are always left wanting more.

I know for me, unhappiness is usually a result of focusing on the wrong things and measuring my self-worth against others or material possessions that have no relevance to my value as a person.

Maybe you’re doing something similar?

Based on my experience, I was unhappiest when I was:

  • Working long hours in a job tI didn’t enjoy
  • Forfeiting my health for money
  • Time-poor and too busy to invest time in the things I truly loved
  • Spending my money on things that had little value or return, and
  • Taking key relationships for granted

But it wasn’t really my fault. After all, that’s kind of what I was “taught” to do by people around me – colleagues, family, friends etc.

 

Society Flaws

Unfortunately, from a young age we’re all imprinted to strive for what society defines as “success” and “happiness” in life.

We’re taught to chase money, wealth, fame, power, good looks and spend a lot of our time following other people’s lives on social media or TV, rather than living our own.

But what if the system’s wrong? 

The problem with all of these things is that none of them will make you happy on the inside, not in the long-term anyway.

I can tell you from first hand…

Large sums of cash in your bank account and a busy job DOES NOT = Happiness. 

If you don’t know much about my turbulent story – here’s where you can get up to speed.

Truly, a faster car, a bigger house, a pair of Gucci sunglasses, a promotion or even travelling the world, isn’t going to make you a happier person.

No, no…

Happiness comes from within and starts, first and foremost, with YOU.

here’s 10 simple steps to help you bring more happiness into your life.

 

P.S> If you’re more of a visual learner, you can check out what I cover in this article in the video below.

 

10 Simple Tips to Help You Find Greater Happiness in Life:

 

1) Be an Optimist

Find the good in every situation.

To live a life of happiness, it is key to see every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Even if it was unpleasant or frustrating at the time…

Express gratitude. Appreciate all the amazing things and people you have in your life, the job you have, the house you live in, the food on your plate and the comfortable bed you’ll sleep in tonight.

Regardless of your situation, there’s always someone who’s worse off than you, and who’d dream to live even ONE DAY in your shoes.

Given the overwhelming number of people living in poverty every day, take a moment to pause, take a breath and smile. Trust me, you’re doing just fine. All will be ok.

 

2) Live with Meaning

Find your life’s purpose.  

Those who truly find happiness in their lives know their skills and their strengths.

They deliberately build their lives around activities which allow them to use these skills, and for the greater good.

Consider your strengths and the activities that make you truly happy.

And by happy… I mean warm, lit up and beaming from the inside out!

For example, do you love:

  • Teaching?
  • Helping others?
  • Going on hikes in nature?
  • Being creative?
  • Writing?
  • Learning?
  • Seeking new adventures?

It can be a massive happiness booster to add some of these activities into your weekly routine.

Schedule time in your diary for your passions. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes a week.

Seeing gradual progress towards these achievements will be intrinsically rewarding and is a key factor in finding true happiness.

It also gives you greater purpose and direction in your life which will make you feel awesome.

 

3) Never Stop Learning

Maintain an open mind.

In life, there’s no such thing as being too educated, too wise, too kind, too loving or too travelled.

As humans, we are fluid and adaptive beings. We love to evolve and grow from newly acquired knowledge and experiences.

That is why you must use each day to learn something new and STOP playing everything so safe!

Yes, I know

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be scary. But once you do it, you will feel a new sense of empowerment unlike anything else you’ve experienced before.

Find new ways to challenge yourself, take risks and step outside of your comfort zones.

Learn from mistakes and failures and embrace new experiences and opportunities.

Seeing progress towards our goals or even growth within ourselves, are some of the greatest sources of true happiness.

Happiness in Life is to Never stop Learning

 

4) Live in the Now

Stop to smell the roses.

Many become so tunnel-focused on achieving future goals that they forget to embrace and appreciate the now. I myself, I have been guilty of this.

Take time out of your day, every day, to appreciate your surroundings.

It could be as simple as:

  • Taking a moment to notice the vastness of the blue sky above you
  • Smelling the fresh scents of your neighbours flower garden
  • Listening to the sounds of birds chirping in the trees
  • Observing the diversity of people’s fashion as they pass you on the street, or
  • Listening to your favourite song one more time
  • Admiring the size of city skyscrapers as you commute to work.

If you don’t take a moment to stop and live in the moment, you’ll miss all the small things that make life so great.

Make the most of each day, every day. This will help you to find happiness, even from the small inconsequential things.

Here’s 5 simple ways you can be more mindful during your day.

 

5) Find Happiness Through Meditation & Mindfulness

During your week, it’s important to take a moment to clear your mind.

Meditation is a great way to bring your focus back to the present.

When you focus on the present moment, you are much more likely to feel centred, happy and at peace. Meditation and mindfulness can help you with this.

And no, you don’t need to be a “pretzeled” yogi or a Buddhist monk to reap the health benefits of meditation. Anyone can engage in meditation exercises… even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes each morning.

When practiced regularly, meditation can help to reduce negative thoughts, anxiety, stress and depression and increase feelings of peace, calmness and serenity.

If you’ve heard about meditation and are curious to learn more about it, sign up for our Free introductory meditation e-course below.

 

 

6) Be Kind to Others & Yourself

This one is pretty simple. Just be nice!

You don’t have to be an angel or saint 100% of the time. Just be more respectful and kind to those around you.

Doing nice things for people can trigger feelings of happiness by making us feel warm and fuzzy due to the natural dopamine (happiness hormone) release we get from doing so.

Volunteer your time, help others and be giving.

They may not always return the favour or physically show their appreciation, but you’ll reap rewards in the long run, even if it’s just good Karma.

 

7) Nurture Your Body Properly

Your body is your temple and you only get one.

Instead of treating your body like a rubbish bin, fuel it with nutritious and healthy whole foods.

Engage in regular exercise (even if it’s just a 30-minute walk on your lunch break) and strive to get the 7-9 hours of sleep that your body needs for optimum performance.

This will make you feel good on the inside and look great on the outside.

When you feel run down or sick, give you body a chance to rest, repair and recharge. Even if it means not getting that one last task done and ticked off your to do list.

Self care is so critical, especially if you’re a high-achiever and tend to push yourself to burn out.

 

8) Appreciate You for You

Learn to love yourself as you are.

Each of us has our own quirks and insecurities. It’s how you manage and respond to these insecurities that will determine whether you thrive or self-destruct over time.

You have 3 options. You can either:

  1. Choose to hate yourself or that part of your body; putting yourself down each time you look in the mirror over something you cannot change.
  2. Take action to make a change. If you’re overweight, go to the gym and start eating properly.
  3. Accept it and move on. Identify all the other characteristics that you love about yourself. Maybe you have great hair? A killer smile? A kind and loving heart? A natural wisdom about the world?

We’re all different and have unique features and personalities. Embrace it!

Accept yourself as you are – flaws and all.

Be grateful for what you do have rather than stressing about the things you don’t.

No one is perfect – so why are you trying so hard to be?

Nurture Relationships to feel a greater sense of happiness

 

9) Cherish Your Relationships

Relationships are one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives.

Yet in our busy society, we become so easily caught up with other responsibilities that we neglect those around us.

In the pursuit of money, fame and fortune many of us overlook the needs of our family and friendships. If managed poorly it can lead you to a very depressing place.

To be happy, you must focus on surrounding yourself with a supportive circle of family and friends, a loving relationship and a thriving social life.

Cultivate and build connections (no, not through Instagram or Facebook), but actually in person.

By doing so, you will experience greater levels of joy, attract higher quality relationships into your life and satisfy your sense of belonging.

Rid yourself of pessimists or gossipers.

Disconnect from people in your life who make you feel bad, unworthy or unconfident.

Instead, make a conscious effort to spend quality time with happy people, family and friends who make you feel good, support and encourage you and take delight in your good fortunes.

In return, offer them the same.

 

10) Be Resilient 

Learn and grow in the face of challenge.

When you get smacked down in life, remember…. life is a rollercoaster.

Don’t let it get you down.

Instead, rise up from failure, take on new challenges and adapt readily to change.

Stop taking things so seriously (as I used to). The truth is that you can’t control everything or have your way all the time (even though I used to wish we could).

Sometimes, life can push you down a different path which can be scary, or even exhilarating.

So ease up tiger!

Let your hair down every now and again and enjoy the ride. All will work out in the end.

 

For me, these 10 things have had a significant impact on my life.

 

I hope for your sake, that they have helped trigger even just ONE NEW IDEA on how you could do something differently. ONE SMALL THING you could change in your life to be a happier and healthier you.

If you need help with creating a life you love and that lights you up every day, I can help!

We’ve designed a course to specifically help you to become a happier and healthier you in 21 days.

You’ll learn how to improve all aspects of your life (physical, emotional and mental health) and how you spend your time.

I’ll teach you a simple routine to maximise results each day, so you can make progress towards your biggest goals and start you day with the things you love and that make you feel amazing (rather than forcing yourself out of bed each morning).

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Inside the Journey to Happiness course you’ll learn…

  • How anxiety & chronic stress impact our health and stress relieving activities you can do to combat it
  • About natural remedies you can add into your weekly routine for stress relief
  • How to create your dream life and Identify areas of improvement
  • About the science behind what makes people truly happy from the inside out
  • How to create a meaningful vision board that can help to motivate you and keep you on track towards achieving your biggest goals
  • About the importance of self-care and some easy things you can do during your week to feel happier and fill your cup up
  • How to build a positive and unshakeable mindset by overcoming limiting beliefs and using positive affirmations, gratitude and mindfulness.
  • About Meditation and why it can be beneficial for overall health, happiness and productivity
  • What Holistic health is and why having a healthy mind, body and soul is critical for overall health & happiness
  • Gain insight into whole foods and how much sleep, exercise and water you should be having/doing each day.
  • How to build a killer morning routine in 21 days to improve health, happiness, life satisfaction and productivity.

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Why Seeing Progress on our Goals Helps us Live a Happier Life

Why Seeing Progress on our Goals Helps us Live a Happier Life

Today, I want to talk about goals, progress and happiness and how all three are interrelated.

For me the first few days of a month are always about revisiting my goals, taking a moment to realign myself with my values and mission and then working out my plan on what I’m going to do to help me get there.

In this article, I explore why seeing progress towards your biggest life goals can make you a happier person inside and out.

Did you know?

Pursuing your goals and having something to work towards is important for psychological well-being.

I don’t know about you. But I’ve always been a very goal-focused person. During high school I always had multiple things I was working towards. Whether it was house captain, being better at a certain sport, getting good grades etc.

In university it was no different, and now as I build my business and work full time, I always have a goal I’m working towards.

Sometimes I find it hard to understand those who don’t have any goals. Who aren’t working towards anything particular. How can you not be focused on bettering yourself each and every day, even if it’s just something small?

Although some of us may be better at goal setting and achievement than others, I 100% believe to my core that both of these skills can be learned and reinforced through habit.

I love this quote from one of my favourite success coaches, Darren Hardy. He says:

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

On the same note, Tony Robbins advocates that “Progress equals happiness” and I do believe these guys are on to something pretty special.

 

The Science Behind It – Goals & Happiness

According to a 2007 study, pursuing personal goals gives a person structure and meaning in their lives. The research also indicates that people who make progress towards their goals have better mental well-being than individuals who lack a sense of direction or purpose.

It may not sound like rocket science, but when we achieve one of our most difficult goals it can give us the confidence, motivation and the emotional reaction we need to continue taking action towards our other goals too.

I live by this strategy every single day.

 

The Importance of Commitment and Consistency

Like most people, a few years ago, I used to determine my daily priorities based on rolling to do lists and knocking off quantity rather than quality.

I’d ask myself, which items are the simplest and easiest to get done today, so I can tick off as many items as possible on that list.

In my head, I’d convince myself that this method was super productive. But at the end of the day, I’d find myself feeling guilty and defeated because despite what I’d tell myself, I knew that the most important and complex task was left unticked. Have you ever felt a similar way?

It’s not that I was procrastinating. I just had my priorities in the wrong order. Since completing a productivity course earlier this year, I realised that all I needed to do was shift my focus from quantity, to quality.

And wow, that small shift of focus has significantly impacted my progress towards achieving my big hairy audacious goals. I also feel so much happier and satisfied at the end of each day.

 

Now I’d love you to give it a go too.

Think to yourself, what is the one biggest and most valuable thing you can do today that will help you take one step closer to your goals? What is the one thing that if you get this done without doing anything else, you’ll be happy with your achievement?

It’s amazing how simply shifting your focus to completing your high return activities FIRST and taking small steps towards your goals each day, can make you feel so much more productive and content with your life.

You will no longer have that guilt hanging over your shoulders due to not doing that one high priority task that you promised yourself you would do. Especially when the excuse for not doing it is due to completing all the “small” insignificant stuff.

 

Are you making progress towards your goals?

The toughest question of all.

I love this time of the year as you can clearly separate those who have been taking consistent action towards their goals, from those who were all talk and never walked the walk.

Some may have even started by taking one step towards their goal, but never actually established a routine which allowed them to build momentum and keep a consistent pace going.

Procrastination is the biggest killer of your dreams. It does more than just undermine your performance but now science reveals that it can also impact your well-being, happiness and satisfaction with life.

So, what are your goals?

Is it to travel the world? Lose a few of those extra kg’s you built up over winter? Is it to learning more about healthy eating? Or maybe to live a happier lifestyle?

Whatever it may be, it’s always critical to continue taking small steps each and every day to get there.

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The 15 Habits of Happy People

The 15 Habits of Happy People

15 Habits of Happy People.

Happiness Habit #1: Happy People Express Gratitude

Happiness. Something many of us desire, but few truly achieve. In this article, I will be highlighting 15 common habits of happy people. 

A curious thing about happiness is that each of us defines it differently. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

For one person, happiness could be dependent on buying a particular material possession (eg. Fancy car) or having millions of dollars in their bank account.

For someone else, it could be about fitting back into their super-tight levi jeans or being liked by all their friends and family.

The problem with basing your happiness on these kinds of things though is that the happiness you experience will be short-lived.

This is why so many people in the western world are unhappy and discontent with their lives.

They are focusing on the wrong things to cultivate their happiness and in the long-term, it will fail.

Instead, here are 15 proven things that you can add to your daily routine to feel greater happiness, meaning, and fulfillment in your life. Check them out below!

 

  • 1.  Happy People Express Gratitude

The next time you’re feeling down or pissed off with life, take a moment to pause and reflect.

Consider instead, all the amazing things you have in your life and everything that has been going right up until that point.

When you wake up in the morning, or just before you go to bed, express gratitude.

Take 30 seconds to run over all the things that you are currently grateful for in your mind. It could be having:

  • Your loving family and friends by your side
  • The cutest doggy best friend in the world
  • A roof over your head
  • Food on the table
  • The ability to choose how you live your life
  • A car to give you flexibility & independence
  • Living in a safe neighbourhood

The list goes on…

When you start to note down all the small things you’ve been taking for granted, your perspective changes.

There are many others around the world who are not as blessed as you are and would KILL to live a day in your shoes. Always remember that.

 

  • 2. Happy People Show Compassion & Kindness to Themselves and Others

It’s time to let go of the things you don’t like about yourself. You are extraordinary, you are unique and there is no one else in the world like you. Embrace it!

Be kind to yourself; loving and accepting yourself as is, flaws and all.  Negative self-talk will only make you feel sad and lose confidence.

Try to treat yourself as you would a friend…with forgiveness, kindness and compassion.

In addition to being kind to yourself, show kindness and generosity to others.

Just one small act of kindness could brighten and completely change the day of someone else around you. You will also feel great for doing it too.

 

  • 3. Happy People Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“Don’t sweat the small stuff!” – A sentence my mum used to say to me all the time! I can still hear her voice relaying over in my head like a broken record.

For those who sweat the small stuff (like I have the tendency to do at times), life can become overly stressful, when in reality it really doesn’t need to be.

There are always going to be things that you don’t have control over…so why get all wound up about it. Such things happen all the time.

Instead of worrying about these small things, just ask yourself “Will this matter a year from now or not?”

In most cases, the small things will have little importance. Let them go! See the bigger perspective and choose to focus only on the things you have direct control over.

You won’t be able to be a happier person if you’re constantly worried and angry about small insignificant things.

As Taylor Swift would say: “Shake it off! Shake it off!”

 

  • 4. Happy People Have a Positive Outlook on Life

Being happy doesn’t mean you’re always smiling or laughing.  But, it does mean being resilient when life decides to punch you in the face.

Change how you perceive the world. View problems and setbacks as challenges and opportunities, not as a failure.

Nothing will ever be perfect and in most cases, it all works out in the end anyway.

AND usually, there is something you can learn or can take away from the experience.

 

  • 5. Happy People Hang Out With Other Happy People

Bahh negative people. Such drainers…

A year ago, I took this exact idea on board and started disassociating with the negative and toxic people in my life.

No more gossipers. No more pessimists. AND GOSH what a difference it made to how I feel!

You can do it too!

Happy and successful people surround themselves with like-minded individuals. This also means letting go of any relationships that are toxic or draining.

Being surrounded only by those we love and who make us feel good causes our brain to release happiness hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin.

Friends who make us feel good also provide us with a greater sense of security, togetherness, self-worth and belonging.

Nurture these relationships and rid yourself of the others. Start now and remove the excess toxicity from your life.

 

  • 6. Happy People Don’t Hold Grudges

I laugh at this one, because Jesus Christ, some people love to hold a good ol’ grudge! Yet most are completely unaware that really, the only person they’re hurting is themselves.

Sure, your repeated passive-aggressiveness may succeed at hurting someone’s feelings every once and a while, but why focus your precious time on hurting someone else, when you could be spending that time and energy on something else that you actually love doing.

Come on guys …priorities!

Many of us have also experienced the humiliation when our long-held grudge completely backfires, with the person not even noticing that you’re angry with them #FAIL!!

So, stop wasting your time consuming yourself with hate and anger.

Learning to forgive and forget is one of the greatest foundations for happiness and building strong relationships.

You will feel much better in the long run. Trust me I know!

 

  • 7. Happy People Start Their Mornings on a Positive

Sleep. Sleep AND Sleep.

Sleep is so critical for good health and also has a big impact on our mood. Aim for 7-9 hours if you can, as this is typically what your body needs for repair and recovery.

In addition to sleep, you could even start your morning with a short meditation session, as I do.

Or if you’re not into “that kind of thang”, try making your bed before you leave, indulging in a cheeky coffee sesh or enjoying a workout to get some endorphins going.

These morning activities can help you to get into the right headspace and a good mood to tackle the day ahead. And whatever you do, please please please don’t start your day by reading the news.

Newspapers and live news on TV are focused primarily on getting your attention. And their best bet with this is by delivering negative, fear-inducing news.

They know that is how they will get the most eyeballs and therefore up their ratings.

If you want to start your day on a happy note, don’t expose yourself to these negative vibes.

In most cases, it doesn’t affect your life directly anyway so why get worked up about it?

 

  • 8. Happy People Don’t Base Their Self Worth on Pleasing Others

You can’t be happy if you’re constantly trying to please and impress others.

Trying to make everyone happy at the expense of your own happiness is ridiculous and will fail.

This is because it is impossible to please everyone 100% of the time, no matter what you do. AND by trying, you will never get to live the life you want because you’re so impacted by other’s opinions.

None of us are perfect. So, if you want to please anyone in life, just focus on pleasing yourself.

Do the things that make you feel good, happy and that you love…regardless of the opinions of those around you.

 

  • 9. Happy People Practice Mindfulness Regularly

Even if it is for just 5 minutes a day – meditation has significant benefits for your mind, body, and soul.

It can help you to reduce stress, negative thoughts, and emotions and can also help you to see things in a more positive and healthy way.

If you’re interested in getting started with meditation, ensure to check out these articles:

 

 

  • 10. Happy People Live a Healthy & Balanced Life

We only get one body in our lifetimes, so why punish it?

Exercise and a healthy diet have such a positive impact across all areas of your life. It releases “feel-good” chemicals (Dopamine) into our brain helping you to feel energetic and pumped for the day ahead.

It also reduces stress and anxiety, which means, more happiness for you!

Ever get that flabby feeling after eating a whole block of chocolate…… OK, maybe that’s just me. Yes, I can eat a WHOLE BLOCK in one go. #ChocolateAddict

Anyway, having that whole block of chocolate sure felt great at the time but shortly, that dreaded food baby appears and the need for a recovery nap food coma ensues. You start to quickly regret that poor life choice.

What I’m trying to get at is that unhealthy sugary food makes you feel good in the short term, but over the long term, you just feel fat, lazy and lethargic. 

The key takeaway here: Take care of your body and it will take care of you!

 

 

  • 11. Happy People Live Within Their Means

It continues to amaze me how so many of us live within cultures that are obsessed with money! And especially with spending it… on sh**ty things.

Happy people have smart spending habits and live within their means. They spend within their budget and avoid having unnecessary debts that cause high levels of stress and regret.

On the contrary, unhappy people spend their money unnecessarily and then complain and wonder why they are still broke and living paycheck to paycheck.

Which one are you??

 

  • 12. Happy People Find Joy in the Small Things

If you want to be happier, spend your time and money on new experiences and memories. Not material objects and possessions.

A fancy car or a million dollar mansion isn’t going to mean much to you when you’re on your death bed.

Even, research shows that the happiness you get by acquiring materialistic objects does not last. It doesn’t take long for the novelty of something “fancy” to wear off. 

Especially given how fast things are advancing these days.

That super dooper car you recently spent thousands on or your brand “new” iPhone will probably be outdated and old-fashioned within a few years.

On the other hand, experiences, memories and the small joys of life last a lifetime.

I know what I’d choose! What do you choose to spend your money on?

The best things in life are free. 

 

  • 13. Happy People Live in the Now and Plan For the Future

Stop worrying so much that your life isn’t where you hoped it’d be. You still have time.

Dwelling on your past isn’t going to help much. The past is done and dusted and there’s not much you can do now, other than to accept what happened and move on.

Focus on living your life now!

Live every day to its fullest and appreciate the small joys of each day.

Take a moment to look up from your phone and appreciate the clear blue sky, the birds singing or even the impressiveness of the skyscrapers that stand tall above you.

People die, just like that! You never know what tomorrow will bring.

So, do your best to plan for your future, but also take the time to find the joys in the present.

 

  • 14. Happy People Take Action Towards Their Goals

One of the greatest foundations to cultivating happiness is seeing signs of progress towards your goals.

Whether it’s losing weight, saving enough money for a holiday or learning a new skill, seeing growth towards our goals gives us an amazing sense of achievement and success.

 

  • 15. Happy People Treat Themselves and Make Time for the Things They Love

When something really good happens, reward yourself! And for goodness sake, do NOT feel guilty for doing so.

After a tough day at work take the time out to watch a movie, have a luxurious bath with scented candles, get a massage, eat some chocolate or spend some money on a weekend away.

Life without indulgence is pretty boring. You’re allowed to enjoy life’s luxuries every once and a while.

Happiness Habit - Treat Yourself with Some Chocolate

Happiness Habit #15: We all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time!

So there you have it – 15 Common Habits of Happy People.

Remember: in the most part, your happiness is based on your state of mind. It is the only thing you have complete control over and the power to change.

In the end, it’s really up to each of us to find our own happiness.

So, starting today, which of these habits are you going to introduce into your life?

Feel free to write yours in the comments section below.

If you’re looking for some further inspiration ensure to check out my other article: Find Happiness in Life | 10 Simple Tips. 

 

 

Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World at 24yo

Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World at 24yo

So many opinions exist on whether you should or should not quit your job to travel. With many, particularly the older generations, adamant that quitting the security of your hard-earned job is a RIDICULOUS and career-threatening decision.

But, come on…choosing to quit your job to travel is not going to be that dramatic. All it really comes down to is:

  • Your personality
  • What you want to do with your life
  • Your personal circumstances
  • What will make you most happy, and
  • What you consider most important

If you freak out at the thought of leaving the security of your full-time job and a steady paycheck to venture into the unknown, you’re not alone. That’s normal for most of us. Quitting your job to travel is not for everyone, and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.

But in saying that, there are those who feel a sense of thrill and excitement about leaving life’s norms to throw themselves into new adventures and experiences – regardless of the potential consequences it may bring.

(a.k.a ME!!!) And, I know I’m not the only one. 

So, which one are you?

In my case, I chose to quit my job because doing so enabled me to have the freedom to travel for as long as I liked. I had also spent a lot of time planning in advance and saving a large sum of cash to help me along the way.

Sure, I could have just held my job and travelled for 4-6 weeks (like a normal person) – but what’s the fun in that! For my adventurous soul, that just didn’t cut it.

It also didn’t help that I significantly disliked my job and wanted an excuse to get the hell out of there…Saying “I’m going travelling for a year” was received much more graciously than “Cool guys, thanks and all, but I’m out of here.”

 Up until then, I‘d always dreamed of backpacking the world. Being able to explore and go wherever I wanted without the limitations of time, money or being welcomed back with a large pile of paperwork and other “shit-ake” on my desk.

It’s your own choice about what you want to do.

Going against all that society and those around you tell you to do can be tough– but, I can reassure you, there’s no reason to be afraid.

 

Why Quitting Your Job Could be the Best Thing You Ever Do 

After coming to the realisation that my job and all that came with it, was bringing me unhappiness I knew I had to make a change.

I was stressed, anxious and discontent with my life. I felt frustrated about having to get up in the morning to go to a job I didn’t enjoy. Something was missing and I’d lost the confidence in myself and my abilities that I once had.

Travel was a HUGEEEE step for me. And, now I can definitely say – it was a huge step in the right direction.

I got to truly see the world, for myself. Not by recollecting on other people’s travel stories, or based on what the media tells you, but through my own eyes. And, wow people underestimate how powerful that is.

Travelling solo around the world, especially as a 25 yo female, was tough at times and confronting. You also have to be very careful and streetwise to avoid disasters along the way. 

Despite this, I got to experience amazing cultures, people, countries, natural wonders, cities, and attractions. AND there’s nothing like the great appreciation you start to feel about everyone and everything back home.

You become less naïve, especially when in less developed communities, less sheltered, unlike what you’d be within your little bubble back home and much stronger and resilient.

I left Melbourne, Australia because I felt something was missing from my life, and that there were greater things out there for me.

Yet, after a year travelling and spreading my wings in new horizons, I realised that life back home was actually pretty darn good! And, I started to appreciate and miss all that I had.

 

Why you should take the leap of faith in your 20’s

There are so many reasons why I would encourage those in their 20’s to get out there and go travelling – even if it’s just interstate.

There is power and exhilaration in putting yourself out there and trying something that you’ve never done before.

Travelling in your 20’s is great because you:

    • Are old enough to have some maturity, sense and street smarts
    • Are young enough that you’re in peak health
    • Have less responsibility
    • Don’t have much debt tying you down
    • Have little to no dependants
    • Are actually working so have the money to afford it
    • Can travel cheaply (without worrying about breaking a hip or pulling your back out)
    • Can easily meet other travellers your age
    • You’re young enough to come back and re-start your career if you want to

By waiting until you retire to travel, you’re missing out. Who’s to say you’ll live to retirement anyway?

Even though I’d never wish it on anyone, what if you’re in a severe accident and get injured, or worst case – die. You’d have never taken the opportunity to travel to that one place you’d always wanted to go to.

I saw this first hand with my grandfather…

His whole life he’d wanted to travel to Canada. Despite the many opportunities he had to do so, he never did it.

After his wife passed away, he was adamant that he didn’t want to travel alone and wasn’t interested in cruises where he would have the chance to meet people. He continued to wait for someone he knew to go with him.

In 2018, my grandfather passed away. He never took the leap of faith… even in retirement.

So, what am I trying to tell you with this story? – If you really want to do something – Do it now!

If you have a burning desire to go somewhere, just do it! Start planning and taking action today to organise what you need in order to achieve it.

It’s amazing how quickly things move into place once you make a decision. The things you once worried about shift aside and it’s almost like the world starts you to make it happen.

 

I’m Not a Keen Traveller…

If travel aint your thang… something as simple as stepping outside of your comfort zone could do the trick.

Maybe you could try bungee jumping for the first time, skydiving, driving a rally car, walking across a tree canopy rope course – whatever else tickles your fancy.

It’s amazing the sense of joy and achievement these things can bring you.

Bungee Jumping - South Africa

Bungee Jumping – South Africa

 

What if I really don’t want to quit my job…

If you do want to travel, but love your job, then it’s simple – DON’T quit.

There are other options you can look into. Quitting a job you love to go travelling may only leave you with regret. Especially if you get home with little money left in your bank account, and discover that they have hired someone else to fill your place.

Instead of quitting your job to travel for a year, see if you can take 4-6 weeks of annual leave or if your boss would be open to holding your position for up to 3 months.

If you’re good at your job and add significant value to the company they’ll probably be happy to do it (especially if they have certainty that you’ll be back).

Starting your travel journey with a shorter overseas trip can be better. 

Sticking one toe in as a test, rather than jumping in wholeheartedly, can help to ease you into travelling on your own.

It will also reveal very quickly whether you like it, whether you could hack it for a longer term and whether it would build your confidence or crush it.

In reality, everyone is different and therefore responds differently to solo travel. The best way to discover whether it’s an option for you is to give it a try.

In 2014, I started with a month traveling around Indonesia and Malaysia on my own. I used it as a test for my bigger trip that I was planning in the future. And guess what, I loved it! Following it with my big 1 year trip in 2016-2017.

 

Will I Find Work When I Get Back?

Many are concerned with the concept of “What if I quit my job and can’t get another?”

Well my friend, stop stressing! You can and you will… You just have to be open to new opportunities and be flexible with your options.

You may be clinging to the following excuses as reasons not to travel – I/ I’m:

  • Stuck in a role and I can’t leave right now
  • Can’t quit my job – I’m too busy
  • Have no time to travel
  • Don’t want to let people down at work
  • Have too much responsibility to up and leave
  • Have to attend my great aunt’s birthday party

 

 

 

Well, to be frank – you’re kidding yourself.

The only way I’d excuse you from not leaving a job you hated to travel, would be if you physically can not leave. That is, your boss has you physically shackled to your desk. However, if that is the case…then it’s definitely time for a trip down to HR and for you to pack your things and run!

If you really want to experience travelling for yourself, you have to make it happen, regardless of all possible excuses and consequences. There will never be a perfect time to travel.

Many people quit their jobs to seek better opportunities. It’s more common than you think. If you want to, you can do it too.

At the end of the day, you and you only, have complete control over your life. That also extends to what you decide to do in your 20’s.

As to whether you should quit your job to travel, all I can recommend is that you weigh up the pros and cons. If the pros of travelling outweigh the cons, then go for it! The experience, knowledge and wisdom you’ll gain from travelling will be 100% worth it.

Where to from here?

Well, that’s entirely up to you!