You already know that you can take measures to live a healthier lifestyle, such as by taking Pilates classes at Tranquiliti Wellness Center, but did you know that you can also take steps to live a happier lifestyle?

Only 10 percent of the variation in people’s reports of happiness can be explained by differences in their circumstances (Source: Mayo Clinic). Many people believe that happiness comes from being born with wealth or beauty or from having a stress-free lifestyle, but the reality is simply that these things don’t bring lasting happiness.

Happiness is instead the culmination of your life choices. People who are genuinely happy have built their life on the following conditions: devoting time to family and friends, appreciating what they have, maintaining an optimistic outlook, feeling a sense of purpose, and living in the moment.

The first step to living a happier life is to invest in close bonds with family and peers. Surround yourself with people who are themselves genuinely happy. Friends and family help you celebrate life’s successes and will support you in difficult times.

Express gratitude often. It is easy to travel through everyday life without recognizing how good you really have it. Make a commitment to practice gratitude by identifying at least one thing that enriches your life daily. When you find yourself having an ungrateful thought, counteract by having a grateful one. Let gratitude be the last thought you have before you go to sleep and the first thought you have upon waking in the morning.

Develop the habit of seeing the positive side of everyday occurrences. Start recognizing negative thoughts as soon as you have them, and find a new way to look at the situation.

Find your purpose. People who strive to meet long-term goals tend to be happier than those who don’t have any aspirations. Having a goal also provides a sense of purpose, enforces self-esteem, and brings people together.

Live in the moment. Don’t postpone joy by waiting for a day when your life is less busy or less stressful, because that day may never come. Instead, look for opportunities to savor the small pleasures of everyday life. As the old saying goes, take time to stop and smell the flowers.

Incorporating the above steps into your everyday life is the first step towards living a happier—and thus healthier—lifestyle. To learn how Tranquiliti Wellness Center can help you work towards an improved lifestyle through spiritual life and wellness coaching, please give us a call today at (407)448-0244.