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The 6 Steps to Happiness, Guaranteed

Be happy in the present, not just the future.

I want to start this episode with a quote from author Margaret Lee Runbeck: “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

We often go through life believing that happiness is a destination. We think of it as crossing a finish line of a long race — all the hard work will be over, and it’s just celebration from there on out.

But I think it’s safe to say that we all know that true happiness isn’t like this. It’s not a place like Margaret Runbeck says. It’s a “manner of traveling.” If we live life believing that happiness is a place somewhere in the future, then we’ll never live in the moment. We’ll live in a constant state of waiting and waiting when we could actually learn how to be happy right now.

On this 5-Minute Friday, I want to help you focus on the present and give you six keys of happiness you can start implementing to find joy in every moment.

“Dance, laugh, enjoy, connect. This is what it’s all about.” @lewishowes  

A couple of months ago, I interviewed Dr. Laurie Santos, a Psychology Professor at Yale and an expert on happiness. I’ve been spending lots of time researching and reflecting on the keys to feeling content, but Dr. Santos really gave me a life-changing prescription. If you haven’t listened to that interview yet, definitely check it out. It’s what gave me the inspiration for this 5-Minute Friday!

These six keys to happiness are simple but extremely effective. Let’s walk through each of them:

  • Number 1: Spend time and energy in the right way. Get off social media. Stop worrying about perfect grades or that bigtime job. Make real connections and enjoy leisure time.
  • Number 2: Express gratitude for the good things in your life (big and small). You’ll find that focusing on the positive instantly makes your day better.
  • Number 3: Perform random acts of kindness. Do something special for someone else. It could be as simple as paying for someone’s drive-thru order behind you or bringing your mom flowers. Donating money to charity is also proven to improve your happiness.
  • Number 4: Be mindful and practice self-awareness. Meditating for just 5-10 minutes a day makes a huge difference. Visualize your perfect day and let go of stress in the process
  • Number 5: Exercise and sleep. Moving your body is essential for physical, mental, and emotional performance. And so is rest. 
  • Number 6: Keep a routine. Do these things every day, not just once every now and then. If you’re consistent, then happiness will become a habit and not just an occurrence.

Friends, I hope these keys empower you to find happiness in your daily life. Remember that joy is not a destination — it’s found in the process of living. 

Join me on Episode 990 to learn more about the six keys of happiness! 

“Gratitude is proven to increase happiness and decrease depression.” @lewishowes  

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