Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "for every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds happiness." It is funny to think about, but there is certainly a lot of truth within his statement. Happiness is a pivotal mental state that everyone hopes to achieve. Many find it through finding their purpose in life, whether it was through their careers or starting a family. But for some, happiness comes through breaking bad habits and characteristics that create vices within their personalities. They look to aim in creating a state of well-being within their happiness, finding mental benefits rather than just emotional benefits. These are 5 tips that we have found to break bad habits if you want to be happy.
Avoid Neglect and Stop Making Excuses
In ignoring your daily responsibilities and building a habit for neglecting the things you are accountable for, will you begin noticing the emotional and mental drain it has on you. Things will begin to weigh more heavily on you and take a major toll on your happiness and well-being. Within ignoring your responsibilities, you'll find that there will be bigger regret later done the line. Stay on top of your goals and responsibilities to promote a more positive mental health and well-being.
A major obstacle for most people in life is self-doubt and insecurity. We often are beating ourselves up and getting inside our heads in which we are creating a huge negative impact to our happiness and well-being. Self-doubt can get in the way of our success and ambition, diminishing our self-confidence that helps us achieve our goals. Be aware to the messages that you are telling yourself. If you find that they are mostly negative, do not be afraid to address. Take the steps needed to practice a little self-love and be thankful for being the incredible person that you are. If you need a little help, here is a quick tip that we find helps boost some self-love:
- Self-Love Journaling Exercise: Use this prompt to help boost self-confidence and self-love.
- Write down five of your strengths.
- Write down four compliments you have received.
- Write down three things that make you happy.
- Write down two things that you would never change about yourself.
- Write down one thing you absolutely love about yourself.
You'll find that when doing these exercises, you will create a more positive and happier well-being while increasing self-respect and self-love.
Stop Criticizing Others
It is said that people who consistently criticize other people usually do so from their own unhappiness. In being quick to judge and criticize others, you might be trying to create a more positive outlook for yourself. If you find yourself doing this more times than not, remind yourself of your self-worth and others. You'll find that in trying to understand yourself and others will help within your own mental health and well-being
Finding success within your life can at times be difficult. Whether there are hardships getting in the way or things just aren't going right, complaining does not fix any of those issues. Take these hardships as a time to learn from them - find growth within the failures. Embrace the positives and learn how to create effective changes within your life. Here are some two tips that can help you learn how to stop complaining:
- Practice Gratitude: In a journal, write down 10 things you are thankful for. Be specific. Why does these things make you happy? Then write about how you can implement these things within your daily life. It will not only help break negativity but create a healthier impact to your emotional health.
- Take A Step Back: In your journal, write about the issue you are having. How does it affect you in the present, and why? Think about whether it will effect you within 5 minutes from now - 5 days or 5 weeks? You will find that these things that you are complaining about aren't affecting you has much as you think. You will realize their insignificance and appreciate the things that make you happy.
Stop Being Selfish
Going hand-in-hand with learning to be grateful and practicing gratitude, breaking that habit of being selfish can promote your overall well-being and happiness. Getting out of the mentality of, "what have you done for me lately," you will no longer feel like you are risking possible relationships and connections with others. You will be creating tighter bonds with those around you and bring in happier relationships to your life.
If you find yourself having one or more of these bad habits, it might be time for a change. Consider what you can do to create a better change not only for your own mental and emotional health, but also for your own happiness.
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