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For most people, happiness is a mystery. It is easy to assume that happiness is out of your control, that you can only hope for it to randomly show up, then go away. However, there are actually many actionable steps you can take to create more joy and increase your happiness in a consistent way. In addition to listening to a life coaching podcast, practicing meditation, and reading books on gratitude, following some of these simple tips below can help you as you begin your journey towards a life of happiness.

Practice gratitude

Time and time again, it has been shown that gratitude increases your happiness. All too often it is far easier to focus on the bad things in life instead of focusing on the good things. Shifting your focus is not easy at first, but once you train yourself to notice what you do have, instead of dwelling on what you don’t, you will notice that you are much more likely to be happy and joyful on a day-to-day basis.

Take, for example, the simple fact that if you are reading this now, then you are healthy enough to have access to information, shelter, and electricity. These kinds of common luxuries are easily overlooked, but when you focus on the enormous value and convenience they bring to your life, and express gratitude for them, you are building the habit of noticing just how many things are going well in your life. Listening to a life coaching podcast, or seeking a personal life coaching service can provide you with even more methods for integrating genuine gratitude into your daily routine.

Look for good luck and joy

If you find that you are not feeling happy, you should not worry, because you are not alone. As a matter of fact, according to a recent survey, only 33% of Americans were able to say that they are happy in their daily lives. There is no concrete path to happiness and likely there never will be, but perhaps if we go back to thinking of it as a compilation of good fortunes, we’ll have built stepping stones to increase happiness as we go through life. When you train your mind to notice good luck and positive events, then you are more likely to put out the type of energy that leads to even more serendipitous moments of bliss and fortune.

Perfect your mental diet

Similar to making sure that you keep an eye out for good luck and opportunity, it is critical to maintaining a healthy mental diet. Often times, we make the mistake of thinking that our health and wellness depends on the food we choose to eat. While choosing healthy foods is certainly important, you should never overlook the impact of what you choose to feed your mind. Just like breaking a sugar addiction, training your brain to be healthier is a challenge, but the benefits are immense.

Tweaking your mental diet is just as challenging as tweaking your physical diet. But thankfully, there are more ways than ever before to feed your brain the type of positive nutrients it needs to attain ongoing happiness. If you are constantly focused on horrible news events and the doom and gloom of the modern world, then your views will tend to be more pessimistic in nature. Instead, try listening to a life coaching podcast, or a podcast on gratitude as you go about your daily routine. This can help to feed your mind in a positive way so that you create a fertile ground for sustainable happiness.

While obtaining happiness is never easy, it is a process that you will always thank yourself for at least trying. Sometimes just the attempt toward improvement can have profound lasting effects on your mood and your views of the world. If you are looking for more techniques on increasing your happiness, then try listening to our life coaching podcast or pick up a meditation book. You never know which tool might be the one that leads to your continued success in increasing happiness.

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