5 Habits for a happy and productive life

Happiness is not ready made…it comes from your own actions.

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We all strive for happiness in our lives, and whether this is attained via your career, your family or your health there are a few things that you can do to ensure success across the board. The below habits are adopted by the most successful people in the world and can make a life changing difference in your overall happiness and wellbeing.

Most of the habits below are based on improving your physical well being, the better you feel, the more focused and alert you are, the more you are likely to achieve throughout your day.

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  1. Exercise:

If you are not someone who has ever enjoyed exercise, I completely understand that you may wonder how this could possibly improve your happiness, but research has proven that individuals who work out once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be happier and more cheerful than those who don’t exercise. It’s science! Not only does exercise boost your mood it improves memory, sleep and the release of physical tension, ensuring that you feel rejuvenated and energised.

If you can get in the habit of exercising first thing in the morning, then you will be starting your day off right, with better focus and alertness. I tend to exercise 4 times a week at whatever time I can, but I always find that the days I manage to train in the morning are my most productive.

Exercise not only changes your body. It changes your mind, your attitude and your mood

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2. Go to sleep at a decent time

Closely linked to exercise, sleep is hugely important to feeling your best and making the best out of your days. Set yourself a reasonable bed time, and ideally the best routine would involve at least half an hour of no screen time before you sleep.

Most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, so work out what time you need to be up and set your bed time accordingly. Try your best to stick to it as you will notice a world of difference in your mood and your energy levels throughout the day.

I actually have an alarm set to tell me to go to bed. This is purely to prevent me going on a social media, internet binge when I lose track of time and its 1 am in the blink of an eye.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything

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3. Goal setting

Set big life goals and daily goals. A huge part of attaining happiness comes from pursuing the things you want in life. Even when you do not have everything you want, if you are actively working towards achieving these goals you will feel a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Write your big goals down and then write smaller more attainable goals to get you there. One example is the goal of buying a home. This is the big end goal which will take time and money. A smaller goal to achieve this will be saving a certain about each week. Just by having this goal set and achieving the small goals each week you will feel accomplished and content in the knowledge you are closer and closer to your dream.

Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want

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4. Positive Mindset / Gratitude

Positive thoughts will create positive things. I genuinely believe this, mainly because I know that when I think positively, when I believe that the day is going to be a good day, it generally is BECAUSE I MAKE IT. For some people this is easier said than done as a lifetime of pessimism can be very hard to change but you can start small with simply taking time to be grateful each day.

If you really want to try and live a more optimistic / positive life then you can start by making changes to the way you think and talk to yourself. You may not realise it but a lot of people spend their time thinking in ‘what if’s’. “What if it goes wrong?” “What if he says no”, “What if I can’t do it?”. When you catch yourself thinking like this, try and flip the narrative in your brain. Instead, say “I can’t wait for how great this is going to be”, “What’s next after he says yes?”, and “What more can I do?”.

By changing how you mentally approach daily situations you will be able to trick your mind into feeling positive and ultimately positive things will inevitably come your way.

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is

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5. Spend time with loved ones

This one is simple and self-explanatory. Try your best (no matter how busy you are) to spend QUALITY time with those you love. Take the time turn off your phones, talk, debate, get advice and guidance on anything going on and make the most of those people in your life as happiness is at its best when it is shared!

Its not what we have in life but who we have in life that matters

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I hope this has helped just one person to make the positive changes in their lives. I hope you enjoyed this blog and feel free to leave a comment offering other habits and advise.

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Relatable Queen x

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