How to keep yourself happy

1. Commit to doing one nice thing for yourself every day.

Do your best to do something loving for yourself, however big or small. Making the commitment means you'll remind yourself on a daily basis to treat yourself with loving kindness.

Keeping that commitment will bring real benefits. It motivates you to take better care of yourself, go after your dreams, and not let people treat you poorly.

2. Listen to yourself.

That is, listen to how you talk to yourself, and the internal tone of voice you use. We often criticize ourselves in our own heads and that brings down our confidence. When you love yourself, you know you're good enough that you have to stop talking to yourself in negative terms.

3. Forgive yourself.

Forgiveness is a big part of it. It's hard, because most of us have been getting angry at ourselves for all the things we do wrong all our lives. People get into trouble because they try so hard to be perfect and then they beat themselves up when they're not. Loving yourself means accepting that you're stuck inside your own imperfect skin.

Look in the mirror and say, 'I love you and I forgive you.

4. Accept yourself as you are right now.

For starters, that means accepting the body that you have today. Body image is a big stumbling block, and so is age. When you love yourself, you try to be the best person you can be in the body that you have, and that's as much as you can do.

Self-acceptance also means accepting your income and success level as they are. It's OK not to be making a certain amount by the time you get to a certain age. Entrepreneurs get a lot of criticism when people say, ‘Why are you wasting your time doing that?' or 'You're not successful enough!'"

Instead, "Am I happy with what I'm doing?". "I wound up with less income but I was happier."

5. Stop skipping meals.

People say, 'I've been so busy I had no time to eat today. That's a very unloving thing to do. Grab something, even if it's just a salad.

Neuroscience tells us that letting your blood sugar sink sends stress signals to your brain. So if you truly can't stop and grab a meal, make sure you have healthy snacks at your desk.

6. Breathe!

Don't forget that when you're feeling stressed, overworked, or upset, simple breathing exercises can up your happiness quotient dramatically. If you do some deep breathing during the day, you can calm yourself down and not let stress get to you or make you sick.

7. Get some sunlight.

A lot of people work in dark spaces. That's very unhealthy and unloving. Try to work in a place where you have access to natural light. If that's not possible, invest in full-spectrum light bulbs. Either way, make sure to get outside for a walk as often as you can.

8. Buy premium products for yourself.

Does this sound like you? If you're bringing a bag of coffee to someone else, you pick out a luxury brand in a nice package, but if you're buying it for yourself, you pick the store brand or another inexpensive option. That's fine if you're one of these people to whom all coffees taste alike. But if you prefer the more expensive brand, you should go for it.

Very often we spend money on others but we're cheap with ourselves.The better brand is only a few dollars extra, and every time you use it you're reinforcing to yourself that you're worth more.


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