8 Habits to Increase Joy in Your Life

The consistency of joy is an ultimate measure of personal success. Spreading joy and serving mankind is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others joyful if you’re not yourself. Literally any goal somehow comes back to the ability to feel joy and live a fulfilling life.

With that in mind, here are eight modifications that you can make to your daily routine that, if you’re like most people, will immediately increase the amount of joy in your life.

You can call it your “daily victory list.”

Start each day with expectation.

Life tends to live up to (or down to) your expectations. Form the habit of making one of your first thoughts each morning, “Something wonderful is going to happen today.” Lo and behold, you’ll probably be right!

Take time to plan and prioritize.

The most common source of stress is the perception that you’ve got too much to do. Most people obsess about it, but not those who plan & prioritize consistently. Pick one thing that when you get it done today, it will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life – then do that first!

Get the blood flowing.

Somehow, someway, make sure every day involves at least five minutes of brisk walking or other exercises. Of course, the goal is much more, but don’t live in the “all or nothing mentality” that most people have. Even 10-20 minutes is shown to have incredible effects on mood and quality of life.

Choose your battles.

Arguments about politics and religion never have a “right” answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can’t control. I’m not saying don’t stand for your convictions, but know when to dig in vs, when to just let it pass and ignore. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: “Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt”.

Assume people have good intentions.

This one is huge! Learning to live with this philosophy has impacted my life greatly. Part of it includes learning to forgive. Since you can’t read minds, you don’t really know the “why” behind the “what” that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people’s weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you more peaceful.

Let go of your results.

The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you’ve taken action, there’s usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.

Eliminate clutter.

Take out the trash. This one has been tough for me as a person who loves to save. Learning to give things away or throw them away if needed has been freeing. Even the “clutter of constant noise.” Many households leave their TVs on as “background noise” while they’re doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you’ll buy more stuff. Know when to enjoy entertainment and when to turn it off!

End each day with gratitude.

Just before you go to bed, write down (or at least clearly visualize) at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again. You are better because of it – if you choose to be.

Action Item: pick one!

If you really won’t implement all eight of these today, then pick one. If you had to choose, which one would best serve your growth? Decide and implement.

After all, you’re a person of action!

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