We all know to each is own for happiness. But I believe for most women, true happiness comes from within, not from looks or materialistic things. I would like to think happiness comes from stuff I purchase….but reality is the temporary high always wears off.
Let me share 12 habits of mine that make me happy as a woman.
1. Routine. This is a big one for me. Having a routine keeps me focused and prepared for pretty much anything. I even keep the same routine on the weekend as far as getting up at the same time, and keeping my morning routine. I even call my mother everyday around the same time. Sometimes we talk for 5 minutes, some days 35 minutes. And sometimes we don’t even have anything to talk about. Which brings me to my next one.
2. Quiet time. Having quiet, alone time is crucial for my happiness. My gosh if I don’t have my personal hour every morning with my two cups of coffee, on the couch with my dog, I turn into a very, very grumpy woman.
3. Passion. Everyone has a passion, even those who say they don’t. Passion is important for happiness. My passion is art. It has been a little over a year since I’ve graduated with a Master’s and I’m starting to get back into my art, finding myself again without 10 page papers loomimg over my head. I am falling in love with my passion all over again.
4. Love and love hard. Truly showing you love someone or have compassion makes a person feel good inside. Once a person feels good inside it is like a revolving door, glowing both on the outside and within. Love huge, to everyone. Even to those you don’t like and even if it makes you vomit a little in your mouth.
5. Love Jesus. You can love Jesus by living and loving through Him. I don’t think it is always about going to church routinely. Love one another, love your neighbors, say your prayers, have your sins forgiven, and be thankful.
6. Love yourself. This is a big one for me. Practicing loving yourself provides an inner glow like you wouldn’t believe. I will not leave the house unless I look good. I don’t always have to be wearing make-up, but I’m certainly not dressed in my pajamas. I even treat myself occasionally to a facial, manicure or quiet time. Sometimes it’s hard but it is possible.
7. Smile. Oh yes, smile. Smile alot…even if you don’t mean it. Smiles are contagious, just like yawns. Besides, smiling makes others think you’re up to something.
8. Positivity. This can sometimes be a challenge, especially when if feels as though you’re walking uphill in a rain and wind storm. But persevering gives the “I can accomplish anything” attitude and this my friends, is an ego boost.
9. Accept fault. I admit my faults and mistakes. I just rip that bandaid right off and it hurts, BAD. But I get over it. I am also the first to tattle on myself. If I make a mistake and I realize it, I am so tattling. If I make a mistake and I dont realize it, please tell me. It hurts and I know it does, but I learn from it. It may sometimes take me longer to learn it, but I eventually do.
10. Exercise. Depending on the weather, my husband and I walk every night after dinner. We sleep better and we walk our dinner off. But in the winter time, I don’t want to walk. I hate the cold. I hate the wind. I hate the rain. I always put on a few extra pounds that always come off in the summer. But my husband insists on walking and drags me out of the house. I always get back home feeling refreshed. And numb.
11. Stay organized. Seriously, life is better. I have a catch all desk where loose papers magically land and it annoys the heck out of me. Who’s fault is it? Not my husband or kids. It’s MY fault. It’s laziness. The paper shredder is literally 2 feet away. My life is better when I shred things and there is tidiness.
12. Eat chocolate. Eat good, dark, expensive chocolate. Organic if you can. Not all organic chocolate is good. Find your favorite and indulge. It releases endorphins. It is happiness.