Sometimes it’s not easy to feel happy every day. We all have our ups and downs and there’s going to be good days and bad to go with it. We’re humans with all the faults and imperfections that come with. However, I want to share with you some simple ways you can practice a routine of daily gratitude that will help you feel happier and successful.

Stop Being a Perfectionist

This was a hard one for me and I’m still working on it. I have a habit of fretting over the small details. I want everything to be perfect, but it’s not going to be. Nothing on this planet is perfect. Instead of trying to achieve the unachievable, we need to focus on simply making progress. Each step towards our end goals is a reason to celebrate. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Get a Breath of Fresh Air

Stepping outdoors and feeling the sunshine on my face and the refreshing breeze does wonders for lifting my spirits. Stale air is seriously not good for us in more ways than one. When we spend more time indoors we end up never truly taking a break to relax unless it is in front of the TV. Make it a habit to include outdoors breaks in your daily routine.

Focus on Gratitude

Take a few minutes each day to think about the good things that have happened. There are always reasons to express gratitude. Blessings such as having a roof over your head, having a way to provide for your family and food on the table are causes to celebrate. I have discovered that when I focus on the positive aspects of my life instead of the negative it’s easier to feel happier in everyday life.

Practice Mindfulness

Many of us spend a lot of time just zoned out and going about our daily routines robot-like. We are so busy running around multitasking and juggling a ton of activities that we miss out on the big picture. Make it a priority to focus on the task at hand. Practice mindfulness. Be aware of your present activity and situation. Focus on one thing at a time. Become aware and you will find yourself more relaxed, in a better mood and generally happier.

Make it a Habit to be Kind to Others

Don’t be so caught up in your own life that you forget to be kind. I am guilty of being a bit abrupt and possibly even rude when I am in a frazzled hurry or stressed about a situation. I have discovered that taking a deep breath and a moment to slow down my racing thoughts have enabled me to notice my surrounds better as well as other people who cross my path. Things like saying good morning, listening to a friend who is having a bad day, holding open a door can all be little things that add up to great things in someone else’s life. You never know what another person is going through so do your part to make their day better. When I help others I find in return it helps me to feel happier in everyday life.

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