7 Choices That Can Help You Live a Better Life

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Did you know that it's been scientifically proven that nearly half of our happiness is within our control?

It may feel like your happiness is tied to events that you did or didn't choose. However, there are many small, personal choices you can make that will boost your happiness, no matter what is going on in other areas of your life.

Every day, there are things you can do that will boost your overall happiness over time. If you work these habits into your daily routine, you'll quickly see the results.

Ready to take control of your own happiness and live a better life? Read on to find out the 7 key ways you can change your life for good.

1. Curb Negative Self-Talk

We can all be prone to negative mental messages. However, it's important that we take stock of what we're telling ourselves so that we can keep the negative self-talk under control.

Listen to the things you tell yourself. Try to isolate the one negative message that you tell yourself most often.

Try to find out how often this negative message comes up. Is this something that you think to yourself every day? Every night? Every hour?

See if you can figure out what it is that triggers that negative thought. Maybe, for example, you never seem to finish your to-do list for the day, and every night you look at the unfinished items while thinking that you just don't work hard enough.

It's possible to take control of those negative thoughts and turn them around. Next time, instead of focusing on the unfinished items on your list, try praising yourself for the things you did get done. Then work on making more realistic to-do lists that can actually work with your schedule.

No matter what your negative self-message is, find a way to reverse it. Write down the new version where you will see it every day.

2. Switch Up Your Habits

Bad habits - we all have them. Changing them takes time and focus, but it can be done!

Pick on bad habit to focus on at a time. Maybe your bad habit is spending too much time on social media. Set a realistic goal for change, such as logging off by 8 pm each night. Tell your close friends or family so they can help support you in your goal.

It takes about three months to solidify a new habit. Once you've reached that point, you can pick another bad habit to change.

3. Expand Your Mind

Learning new things is a great way to boost happiness. Even if it's a small skill, start teaching yourself something new today.

Maybe you've always wanted to become a better cook. Or maybe you're really interested in learning to dance. No matter what it is, you can start learning, even if you don't have a lot of time or money.

Signing up for a local class is always a great way to start learning something. But if that won't work for you, try starting with online courses instead. There are many free ways to learn new skills online.

Even if you only work on your new skill for 10 minutes a day, you will see results, as long as you stick with it. This is a great way to live a better life today.

4. Simplify Your Life

We often feel burdened with the clutter of modern life. It's tempting to hold onto things and let the clutter accumulate. But when you simplify your life and get rid of things you don't need, you'll feel much happier.

Go through your belongings and get rid of the things you no longer need or use. You can give them to a friend who will love them, or donate them to a thrift store or homeless shelter. You'll feel good about giving things to people who need them more than you do.

You should also let go of things that you're holding onto emotionally. We all have past mistakes or even regrets. However, holding onto guilt and shame won't help us grow or become happier.

Instead of holding onto the pain of the past, let it go and focus on what you learned from the experience instead. You'll live a better life when you let go of the past.

5. Don't Take Rejection Personally

Rejection almost always hurts. Whether it's getting turned down for a job, or not getting asked on a second date, we often feel that it's all our fault when we get rejected.

However, that's often not the case. Sometimes there are things that we can change about ourselves to prevent future rejection. However, it's almost always at least partially because of the other party.

Keep in mind that not being a good fit for a job or a relationship doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you. It could be that the other person failed to see your value, or that it simply wasn't a good fit for reasons that have nothing to do with you.

6. Appreciate This Moment

It's easy to focus on the past and future while forgetting to appreciate what you have right now.

Even if you aren't rich in material possessions, you probably have lots of valuable things in your life. Maybe it's knowledge you possess or a great circle of friends and family.

It's important to have goals and ambitions for the future. However, never forget to appreciate the moment that you're in, too.

7. Seek New Experiences

Seeking out new, exciting adventures will enrich your life while also reminding you to appreciate what you already have.

A new experience doesn't have to be a dramatic adventure, like skydiving (although it can be!). It can also be a walk through a new park, a trip to a new museum, or a day trip to a nearby town.

You can have new experiences alone, or you can bring someone with you to deepen your connection with them as you experience something new together.

Live a Better Life Today

With these 7 simple tips, you can take control of your own happiness and live a better life.

It doesn't take much time, effort, or money to make these changes. It just takes the desire to take your happiness into your own hands.

Once you've mastered the small steps, you can work on a bigger happiness goal. Ready to take it to the next level? Our course can help you - read more about it here.