• Hannah Mento

Do you know your happy habits?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018

I'm talking about those things you do that usually bring joy to your day?

Everyone has them.

If you don't know what your happy habits are, then that's the first issue we can t a c k l e today.

Happy habits are actions/hobbies that make you feel alive or make you feel like you're living a fulfilled l i f e . For some, it is exercise, for others it is helping those around them. It could even be something along the lines of eating healthy, or taking the time to make that protein shake you know makes you feel good

Start here: Think the good and bad days you've had over the past three months. Why were some so great, and others were so rough? There are certain things you do with your day that make it a good one, a bad one, or a great one.

Side note: Those things you can't control - you s i m p l y can't control them. We're not talking about the bad things that happen that are inevitable. We're talking about things like:

- the walk you went on that cleared your head while you were annoyed,

- the extra 10 minutes you spent making a protein shake for breakfast instead of grabbing a bagel with extra cream cheese at DD

- the phone call to a parent or best friend that made you feel connected and understood

- The book your reading that clears your head for a sound night sleep

- the podcast about positivity you've been hearing on your commute and brightens your day

- The way you feel when you get a salad for lunch v.s a panini sandwich

- yoga/lifting/going to the gym

- journaling: getting down of paper what your grateful for or anything you want

These are some of the things on my list.

Make your own list and choose the top five or 6. Everyday that you do all of them, you are bound to have a great day because it will be filled with everything you need to take on the uncontrollable bad and make it all good.

If you don't know how to use your happy habits, we can talk about

Take this list and start making each bullet-point a habit one by one. Start with the thing you think will be the most impactful or start with the easiest thing to show yourself that you can commit. For me, this is exercise/yoga. I don't actually like doing it, but 20 minutes a day makes a big difference in how healthy I feel.

After you have mastered the first habit (usually takes about 2-3 weeks) add a second habit on top of this and repeat until all 5 are engrained in your daily lifestyle.

The point: take control of your joy and happiness. You know you better than anyone else. You know what little things throughout the day will set you off or bring you peace/joy/love (some of my X-mas spirit right there)

You need to know what they are for you because they are unique to each person and you need to know how to use them so you can build the life you love.

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