It’s easy to find ourselves in a rut in life. Unhappy, loss of purpose and motivation. We remember being in that so called “happy place” in life, but don’t know how to get back to that time where we felt so happy and blessed.
Because feeling constant happiness and contentment can feel like an impossible task. It’s easy to have one bad incident in our day can erase all of the good and ruin the rest of our day.
In order to remind us of all of the good in life and to get back to that happy place, we need to remind ourselves of how good our lives really are.
There is power in spending time each day to remind ourselves of what we are grateful for and we can find happiness in accomplishing small victories every day.
So here are a few routines for you to add to your day, week, etc. that can help you get back to being happy.
Create a Gratitude Journal or Jar
This is easily one of the best ways to remind ourselves of all of the good in our lives, even if it seems like there isn’t.
Grab a journal or a jar, and fill it with all of the things that you are grateful for. This can be life changing as it focuses you to stop and focus on all the things that are good and that you are grateful for in your life, and altogether helps you to become more positive.
Using a journal or jar, take a moment each day think about what you are grateful for in your life. Be open to all the possible positives in your life. It doesn’t have to be big; it can be something simple from your day-to-day life. When you have what you are grateful for in mind, ponder it for a bit and think deeper. Why are you truly grateful for this?
Then, write down what you are grateful for in your journal or on a slip of paper to put in your jar.
Make this a part of your daily routine, and on those days when life is starting to feel like it’s just getting you down, pull out your journal or jar and take a moment to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for.
Your entries are a great visual reminder of all the good in your life. You will find that your spirits are instantly lifted as you are reminded of all the good things that have happened to you. There are so many positive things to rejoice.
Sometimes just having little victories in our everyday lives can prove to really lift your spirits. This is something that I have personally practiced virtually my entire life.
Every day, I typically write out what I would like to accomplish for the day. This could be anything from completing a chore, an assignment, or just a goal to drink more water that day. Each time that I meet my daily goal, I check it off of my list, and I each time I cross something off of the list, I find that I am not only happy, but proud of myself.
It instantly lifts my mood and reminds me that I can accomplish so many positive things every single day.
I think that you’ll find making this a part of your daily routine will bring you satisfaction and happiness.
This other idea was recently brought to my attention, and I am a huge fan of it: having an accountability partner.
Write down the things that you are wanting to accomplish over a period of time, such as a week. The things on your list can be anything from going out walking with your dog to practicing yoga each morning.
When you have your list completed, give it with a friend, family member, or whoever it is you want to be your accountability partner. Then have them give you their list. Each day, you both can check in with each other to ensure that you are following through with your goals.
You’ll find that you are more likely to complete your goals knowing that someone will check in on your progress.
And before you know it, these small routines will become habit that will bring happiness to your life every day.
Then, when you do complete your goals, you will be proud of your accomplishments and can bask in your triumph.
I hope you find these routines to be rewarding and bring some positivity into your life. I hope that they get you back to being happy.
Emily has her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and has always believed in helping and serving others. She wants to make the world a better place, and aspires to be a politician someday to do just that. She is an old soul who loves Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Glenn Miller. When she isn’t writing about imperative news- and political-related, she can be found attempting new recipes, playing her guitar or reading a good mystery book.