Life is so fast-paced we can sometimes forget we are even living.
Instead, we often get by and hope that tomorrow will be our saving grace. "Ah, I'll do it tomorrow," many a human has said in a tone of worry. "It will be okay." But will it?
Of course, the definition of happiness and what constitutes it has long wrangled academics. It's entirely subjective, and to place a set of indicators on what constitutes such a feeling could come across as ignorant.
However, one thing we can all agree on is that life with less fraught, and difficulty is more desirable than one filled with worry and anxiety. So with a happier you at the forefront of our minds, we at Lifehack Lane have come up with ten everyday habits that can easily be incorporated into your life. Initially, they may be tricky to stick to, but in time, you'll realise that you'll have a better peace of mind, and with that; a greater degree of happiness.
1. Reflect on your goals every day
It is imperative that you spend at least 15 minutes each day assessing where you're going in life. You may not know what you want to do, but if you determine what makes you happy and what doesn't, you'll start to have a better understanding of your goals.
And for those who do know? Well, while it's necessary to assess how far away you are from getting to where you want to be, it's equally important to focus on what's already been achieved, That way, you'll have a greater level of impetus to move forward in pursuit of that dream/s.
2. Create a savings account
Money doesn't bring you happiness. That's common knowledge. But having little to no money because you've wasted it on unnecessary items will make you feel a whole lot worse. Takeaways when you couldn't be bothered to cook. Spending $200 on a night out when you could have easily called it a night at 11 PM.
These things add up and often make us feel terrible as a consequence of our financial ineptitude. Therefore, when you're of an age where you have a job and have gotten past the post-College phase, start a savings account. It could be 20% of your monthly income. It may sound like a lot, but in time, you'll feel more secure and responsible knowing you have a safety net in place if anything bad were to happen.
3. Complete tasks today rather than tomorrow
Why delay something when you can tackle it head-on? It's a question that has puzzled students for many years. Granted, some may thrive off the pressure, but on the whole, most people crumble and suffer panic attacks from putting themselves through situations which could have been resolved in half the time.
So instead of letting things drag on until your heart sinks from the weight you've given it, why not see everyday things as a challenge that must be completed sooner rather than later? It can apply to any walk of life. School, relationships, chasing a dream. Whatever it is, JUST DO IT!
4. Exercise at least three times a week
It's a well-known fact that the rush of chemical endorphins transmitted to the brain from physical exercise help boost serotonin levels.
However, it's also a great confidence boost because not only will you be in better physical shape, but you'll also feel more comfortable in your skin; which of course goes with the age-old saying, 'look good, feel good.'
5. Read for an hour each day
The average person reads between 1-5 books a year, which in the grander scheme of things, is not many at all. And rather than only watching the impassive medium that is television, exercise your brain and discover an array of beautifully written books.
You'll open your mind to the wondrous writings of many a great fiction writer. Or be inspired by the plethora of non-fiction books out there. It should be of little wonder then that the world's richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates reads over 50 books a year. "This is one of the things I love about reading," Gates said when asked about the importance of reading. "Each book opens up new avenues of knowledge to explore."
6. Adapt to a healthier diet
While going to the gym can do a whole lot of good for your mental strength, eating healthier foods will bring about a whole host of benefits.
Clearer skin, more energy, a loss in weight, a revitalised body. The possibilities are endless! Look good, feel good, right?
7. Never let fear or hesitation stop you from doing something you want
We've all had that 'what if' moment in life? What if I asked him/her out for a meal? What if I wrote a novel and even tried my luck submitting it to an agent?
Never let fear dictate your life. Always go outside your comfort zone. Only then will you feel like you are living life to the full.
8. Make sure you're the nicest possible person you can be without being submissive
One of life's great joys is to make others around you happy, hence, the saying 'It is better to give than to receive.' But such a humble outlook on life has its pitfalls too. After all, you don't want your earnest nature to be trampled on, and in time, you may even start to feel a heavy burden of continually pleasing people.
So learn to say no and stand your ground as well. That way you're being the best person you can be without it affecting the way others treat you.
9. Wake up earlier
The happiest love early mornings. Why? Because getting out of bed earlier than others gives you a sense of accomplishment- be it going to the gym, working on those reports, writing that novel.
If you make it a habit, you'll start feeling less anxious and ill-prepared before you've even reached the desk!
10. Get out of the house as much as possible
One of James Cameron's most famous cinematic creations, Terminator, found that the more time you spend with humans, the more you learn from them as well. And while we're not for one moment accusing you of being an all-killing robot, we are praising the benefits that the great outdoors can have on your mind.
But if meeting new people and exploring urban jungles isn't your thing, then just being at one with nature can do you a world of good, too. You could start by taking yourself for a walk 10 minutes each morning. The surroundings will be quieter than usual, and it will give you precious time to think about everything you have and the things that ultimately make you happy.