Tips to Create Happiness and Peace in Your Life

It isn’t always easy to be happy. Not when everyone around you seems to be grumbling about a new ailment or shortcoming, not when the physical symptoms of stress are a constant burden or when you’re just not satisfied with life and you have no idea why.

Finding happiness is a must if you want to live a long, peaceful, healthy life. Here are five tips for creating that happiness in your world.

1. Stop Hanging out with Negative Nancy

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Overcome Negative Thoughts

Surrounding yourself with negativity when you’re trying to live a happier, more peaceful life is like surrounding yourself with junk food when you’re trying to lose weight. The longer you continue to associate yourself with negative people, the harder it will be to develop a more positive outlook of the world.

In many ways, you are who you hang out with. Do what you need to do in order to change your attitude. Unfollow or delete those Facebook friends whose posts make you roll your eyes. Stop calling that friend who’s always complaining about small things. It’s okay to wave goodbye to those people if it means you can start to live a much happier life without them.

2. Meditate

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Motivate Yourself to Meditation

Relaxing, calming your mind and giving yourself precious moments to exist in the present are guaranteed to bring you happiness and peace of mind. Science has proven that meditating regularly reduces stress, makes us more self-aware and really does make us happier.

Meditation can be as simple and harmless as sitting in a chair with only your thoughts in front of you for 10 minutes every day. You can use it to gear yourself up for a long day or unwind yourself at the end of a stressful day.

3. Track Your Moods

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Overcome Mental Barriers

Have you ever felt mildly unhappy, and don’t have a Monday or a half empty pot of decaf coffee to blame it on

Sometimes our moods unexpectedly plummet even on a good day, and it’s hard to pinpoint why. Sitting down at the end of the day and jotting down how you’re feeling can help you look deeper into the underlying cause of your despair. You might even be able to formulate your own solutions and figure out healthy, constructive ways to make yourself feel better.

You can do this on as small or as large a scale as you want. You can track your moods throughout a day or a week, over a month or even a year. Be on the lookout for the things that trigger unhappiness in your life, and start coming up with better ways to cope with them.

4. Engage in one Regular Activity that’s Just for you, Just for Fun

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Ways to be Joyful In Life

There are always going to be tasks we wish we didn’t have to do; meetings we wish we didn’t have to attend; people we’re not looking forward to spending time with. Life is full of unsolicited requirements. If we don’t give ourselves something to look forward to on a regular basis, a voluntary activity that we are actually going to enjoy taking part in, our satisfaction with life in general is going to suffer.

Choose one activity you can do in your spare time, alone or with another person, an activity that can be a regular source of joy for you. Whether it’s heading to the gym three times a week, volunteering with a local organization or hosting a book club, give yourself the luxury of having that constant source of happiness in your life.

5. Create your own Closure

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Positive Affirmations to Happiness

Every now and then, we’re unlucky enough to face a bad situation, even a tragedy that leaves us empty and grieving. Instinctively, we try and find ways to cope with our struggles and losses, whether it involves reaching out to friends or professionals for help or maybe a not so positive habit. Hunting for closure is an unpredictable path, but you can find happiness in it if you look hard enough.

If you’ve lost a loved one, create a memory book. If someone has wronged you, write about it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t even have to show it to anyone else. If you can control and accept the things that happen to you, you are sure to find happiness again.

The tough things that happen to us in life aren’t choices. Happiness, however, always is.

ByMeg Dowell

Meg is on a mission to help people learn to live smarter, healthier lives. She is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine and blogs daily at megdowell.com.

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