5 Simple Things You Can Do to Become Happier (Life Coaches Should Follow These)

Achieving happiness is truly easier said than done. But the good news is that you can make great strides in attaining that goal by doing these five things.

If there’s one thing that you need to learn about happiness, it’s this:

Being happy is a choice you can make. 

The truth is that happiness is a state of being that you can control. You can take steps to either become happy or stay unsatisfied with how things currently are in your life.

And as a life coach, you need to accept this idea as something you can practice. Because at the end of the day, one of your key roles is to help your clients choose to be happy. 

That means if you can become happy, so can your clients.

In this article, you’ll discover five things you can do to start creating happiness in your life. And the best part is…

They’re absolutely easy to do.

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The 5 Things 

#1. Fake It Until You Feel It

Research showed that people who practice being outgoing and confident by smiling are less likely to suffer from sadness. What’s more, psychological studies have proven that even a fake smile is better than wearing a frown. 

The great thing is that you can control all of this.

Now, faking happiness until you feel it doesn’t mean that you’ll suppress negative emotions. It also doesn’t mean that you’ll pretend to be okay when there are real problems that you need to address.

It just means that you’ll learn to see the brighter side of a situation.

So, come up with strategies that will trigger more positive thoughts and feelings in you. That way, you can bring yourself back to a calmer state when things feel overwhelming and stressful.

One way to do this is by asking questions that’ll instantly make you feel better, such as:

“Who loves me?”

“How have I contributed today?” 

“What’s great in my life right now?” 

This small action can leave a bigger impact on your life down the line.

#2. Know Yourself Better

A key component of being happy is to understand who you are. And one way to do that is to find your passion.

See, when you identify your passions, it’ll be easy for you to feel excited. After all, you can quickly make yourself feel happy just by doing the things that you know you’re passionate about.

That said, here’s a tip: find multiple things that you’re passionate about. Anywhere between four to six things should be the minimum for you to live a passionate life.

So, take time to really know who you are. Ask yourself what motivates you. What are the things that keep you going even during tough times?

Additionally, when you know who you are, you need to learn to be comfortable with it. 

That’s because people who are self-confident and comfortable in their own skin are more likely to be successful. And by successful, I’m talking about having a life full of passion and vibrancy.

Remember that you are the only version of you that is here. So, embrace it fully.

#3. Focus On the Things You Can Control

Happiness isn’t possible if you’re constantly affected by things that are outside your control.

Take for example other people’s behaviour. 

No matter how much you try to make someone like you, you can’t control how they’ll react to you. And if their reaction isn’t what you were expecting and you dwell on the fact, you’ll likely feel frustrated. And over time, you may even feel angry.

So, learn to let go of those things you can’t control. Free yourself from negativity by focusing on the things that you can control directly, such as expressing your gratitude.

See, when you’re in a state of gratitude, you’ll make your worries disappear. It’s because you recognise how fortunate you are to be where you are. And that there are so many more opportunities waiting for you.

Choosing to focus on things you can control, like expressing gratitude, is a big step towards happiness. 

#4. Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Health and happiness go hand in hand. 

Because if you think about it, how can you feel good if your mind and body aren’t?

So, learn to care for yourself. For a start, you can incorporate these three key things into your life: meditation, exercise, and enough sleep.

Meditating is a powerful way to clear your thoughts. So, take a few minutes to just be quiet and turn down the noise in your mind. 

Recognise that the path to happiness can be challenging enough with all the chaos that we create. That’s why you need to take some time for yourself every day to just let your thoughts wander into a quiet place. 

Now, when it comes to exercise, it’s important that you do what best suits your current abilities. So, your exercise can be as simple as going for a 20-minute run, to start with. Then, run longer as you progress. 

After exercising, of course, you need to rest your body. Let it recover by eating better and especially by getting enough sleep. It’s so much easier to keep a positive attitude throughout the day after having a restful night.

#5. Ground Yourself in the World Around You

It’s true that happiness is something you create individually. But sustaining and even increasing that happiness isn’t possible if you don’t connect with those around you.

So spend time with your loved ones. Surround yourself with people who share your values and purpose. Connect with nature. Help the people in your community. 

All of these actions will help you nurture the happiness that you have within yourself. Best of all, you’ll also get the chance to spread that happiness to those around you as well.

Happiness is a Personal Journey

It’s true that happiness is something that everyone wants. But the journey towards reaching that state can be different for everyone.

The five things you can do to achieve happiness that are discussed in this article are only guidelines you can follow. How you decide to implement them into your life all depends on you. And this is also true in terms of how you help your clients achieve a state of happiness.

Building happiness is really a personal experience. And it’s something that’s more attainable than what you’re led to believe.

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Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.