Ask Away...: 6 Basic Habits To Adopt For A Happier Life

Monday, November 7, 2016

6 Basic Habits To Adopt For A Happier Life

We all want to be as happy as possible, and yet achieving that often seems to be so out of reach. The truth is, anyone can be happier given that they engage in the right behaviours. The main mistake that most people make is thinking that happiness is something which just comes to you. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If you want to be truly happy, you have to work for it. That might not seem entirely fair, but that’s how it is. Knowing how to work for it is the difficult part. For that, you need to be clear on what works and what doesn’t. In this post, we will take a look at some of the basic habits which can quickly make for a happier life. Bear these in mind and enact them today, and you will soon see some dramatic changes.

Listen To Others

It is all too easy to get bogged down in your own ideas, in your own head. Unfortunately, when you do this, it means that you are shutting a lot of other people out. It is much better to try and open up and listen to those around you. This is true of anyone who might be giving you advice. It could be your psychic giving you accurate predictions for the future. Or it might be your friends and family giving their opinion on what you should do with your life. Even if you don’t entirely agree, just make sure that you at least listen. That way, everyone feels respected  and respects you in return.

Plan Ahead

There is only a certain amount in life that we can really plan with any degree of certainty. But you can make your life a lot less stressful and more engaging by planning whatever you can. If you make plans, you are taking an active stance towards your life. This is hugely beneficial in the long run, as it means that you are doing everything you can to get what you want. Make plans, and stick to them, and you will feel a lot less stressed overall.


There are many ways of getting what you want, and partly the methods depends on that which you want to get. However, something which works for everything, no matter what it is, is visualisation. With this technique, you are programming your unconscious mind to carry out the necessary tasks required to get what you want. The general rule is that the clearer you visualise, the better. If you have a very strong idea in mind of what you want, and how to get it, then it is much more likely to happen. This might sound silly, but it is well worth trying out. It really does work.

Be Grateful

Next up is one of the most powerful habits you can ever possibly engage in. Gratitude has a way of drawing towards you even more of what you want and need. It is strangely powerful, but it really does work and you should bear it in mind at all times. If you are ever stuck as to what to do, just try and be grateful for what you have. Even if the situation at hand is dire, try to be grateful for it. You will find that this makes a huge difference to how your life plays out in the long run.


Much of life is beyond our control. Much of our suffering lies in the fact that we refuse to accept that which is already the case. Denying the truth of things is the quickest route to despair, and yet we all do it all the time. This is really a kind of communal madness which we all engage in, but it is possible to stop doing it. Acceptance is the key. This is the tool which will bring you out of your everyday suffering quicker than any other. If you are struggling with anything, no matter what it is, practice acceptance. This is difficult, so don’t expect immediate results. But it does pay off in the long run.


You only ever live in the here and now. If you think about it, this is obvious. Yet, it doesn’t often feel that way. We spend so much of our time reminiscing or planning, that we miss what is actually going on. You are only ever here and now, so you might as well try to learn how to be here and now fully. You might find this surprisingly difficult at first. With time, however, it will bring you a greater sense of peace.


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