Daily Choices You Can Make To Choose Happiness In Life
“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” – Aeschylus
Have you ever wondered how many choices you make throughout your day? Every single day we make innumerable decisions. Think about it.
What do we wear?
What do we eat?
How do we get to work?
What to do tell your boss?
What emails do we send?
How do we meet our deadlines?
Where do we go for lunch?
Do we go for happy hours with coworkers?
Or should we go home?
What bills do we pay today?
What chores do we need to do?
Do we hang out with friends?
Or do we Netflix and chill?
What do we have for dinner?
Do we go to bed?
Or scroll through Instagram one more time?
See what I mean? But how many of these choices are making you happy? When thinking of choices, do we keep our happiness in mind?
Do you choose happiness?
It is nearly impossible to stay positive and happy amidst the daily grind muddled with obligations and challenges. Most of us tend to lose sight of what is actually important to us in the long run. Hence, it’s crucial to take a step back at times to evaluate how your daily choices affect your happiness and your overall well-being.
The most important choice that we make each day is whether we allow unexpected and negative things to affect our mood and emotions. What positive people do is they choose happiness despite what life offers them.
“I think happiness is a choice. If you feel yourself being happy and can settle in to the life choices you make, then it’s great. It’s really, really great. I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup.” – Drew Barrymore
Being happy is a choice that you need to make. You have the power to choose if you wish to be happy or upset in life. Life is hard and unfair. That goes for each one of us. But you have the opportunity to choose how you want to live.
You can either be ruled by your thoughts and emotions, get emotionally and psychologically affected by unexpected circumstances in life and choose to be miserable or you can choose happiness despite your circumstances.
Living a happy life is a choice. You don’t need to rely on anyone else or take approval from others to decide how you will feel.
The fact is, our happiness is not dependent on how others act, behave or what they say. You cannot experience true happiness through external validation or affirmation. Of course, you can find inspiration from other people, but happiness can only be experienced from inside. Unless you decide to feel happy, nothing will be able to make you happy.
But can we really choose happiness? Yes, you can. It’s about developing the right mindset. When you realize that unexpected and unpleasant circumstances are an inevitable part of life, you accept reality as it is. You bring your focus into the present moment, appreciate all the good things you have in life and figure out how you can make your life better. This is the secret to true happiness. If you don’t choose happiness then you’re only choosing to be unhappy. After you choose to be happy, you need to make the right choices every day that will help you live a healthy and happy life. Happiness is an attitude of your mind.
Positive choices happy people make daily
“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.” – Mildred Barthel
Do you want to choose happiness? Here are 17 choices that you need to make every day to lead a healthier and happier life, regardless of the circumstances.
1. Practice mindfulness
The practice of mindfulness is to bring your awareness to the present moment. It is your ability to understand where you are, what you’re doing and what is around you without judging or overreacting to the circumstances. However, focusing on the present moment requires strong willpower as different aspects of our daily lives tend to distract and confuse us. Being mindful allows you to appreciate the present moment as it unfolds. It makes you aware, centered and grounded so that you can avoid unnecessary worries and anxiety.
This can be really hard for some people. I know. But what other option do you have? If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to love you? If you can’t love yourself, how can you someone else? Self-love forms the core of your happiness. Accept who you are and respect yourself above everything else. Acknowledge your flaws and focus on working yourself one step at a time. Understand that you are not defined by your emotions, behaviors or bad decisions. We all make mistakes. However, it is crucial to know where you have gone wrong and learn and grow from them. Loving yourself means working on your imperfections while accepting yourself the way you are. This is a simple choice that all happy people make without being told.
3. Be creative
Have you ever felt sad while being creative? Have you ever seen anyone cry while cooking, dancing, singing, knitting, painting or writing? No. Happy people chose to spend their time in being more creative. They often experiment with their creative talents and even try to gain some new creative skills. This allows them to create something truly astonishing that makes them happier than they were. The true joy of creation is in the process of creating. Creators create because they love the process, not for seeking external validation. Of course, when you create something for the love of it, accolades will flow in from all areas. Creativity can help you find an escape from the demands of work, society, family and even relationships and help you let go of all negativity.
Sometimes choosing to be happy can be as easy as taking a deep breath. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or think that things are getting out of hand, just slow down for a while, take a mental pause and breathe. Take a slow deep breath in and a slow deep breath out. Deep breathing lowers stress levels and tells your brain to relax and calm down. It will allow you to reduce tension and help you to shift your focus from the negative to the positive. Breathing deeply will also supply more oxygen to your brain, organs and body parts which will make you feel better. The better you feel and the less stressed you are, the happier you will become.
5. Focus on victories
Every single day can be a real challenge for us with incessant obstacles and problems. Yet there are certain moments in the most chaotic days that make us feel better, even if for a moment. Happy people understand the importance of appreciating these moments and taking their wins. Didn’t get stuck in traffic today? Take the win. Your laptop didn’t crash all day? Take the win. Enjoyed your lunch? Take the win. Finally managed to spend some quality time with your family? Take the win. By consciously focusing on the positive moments in your life on a daily basis you can find happiness in the smallest things. These small things give us the strength to go through our day and focus on the bigger wins.