1. Quiet the inner critic.
The inner critic is that little voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough, that constantly undermines your successes and magnifies your failures. Like those “mean girls” from high school, the inner critic’s advice never has your best interest at heart. She’s jealous, she’s mean, and she’s out to sabotage every shining moment of greatness. Chances are, you’ve been listening to the inner critic inside your head for way too long. Turn the volume down on negative thoughts with some positive affirmations.
2. Be good enough.
While a hint of perfectionism can keep you striving for your personal best, there comes a time when expecting too much of yourself can take a paralyzing toll. There is a difference between holding yourself to high standards and holding yourself to unattainable ones. Know that sometimes your “good enough” is actually good enough.
3. Live in the moment.
To live in the moment means to being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. It means not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. When we learn to live in the moment, we immerse ourselves in the details of life. Every day becomes valuable and each day moment becomes quality time.
4. Learn to love your own company.
Spending time alone offers you a moment to recharge, to detach yourself from the emotional drain of the world and revitalize your energy. When you spend time alone you also discover what really make you happy. It helps us understand who we are, what we want, and what we can do to become better people.
5. The best things in life aren’t actually things.
In the deepest part of our soul, we know that it’s not the stuff, but the experiences, that we collect that make life truly worth living. The things we buy, the latest iPhone, a new pair of shoes, the biggest flatscreen, only make us happy on the outside. These things that we fill our space with only offer us a moment of happiness. Freedom, love, peace of mind and happiness can’t be purchased or possessed. Take a moment to think about what matters to you on a deep, fundamental level. Decide what is important and what makes you happy on the inside and strive to fill your life with the experiences and people that really matter the most.
6. Count your blessings.
It’s sometimes hard to focus on all that is good in our lives. There are days when we see only the struggles, the disappointments and the challenges. Taking stock of all the positive things in your life is a great way to remind yourself how much good there really is. Go out of your way to intentionally count your blessings.
7. Pass it on.
Gratitude and appreciation are infectious. Showing gratitude and appreciation not only boosts your happiness and energy, it boosts it for everyone around you. Take a moment everyday to show a little gratitude and appreciation for the people in your life. You’ll be amazed at how a simple “thank you” can make someone else’s day.
9. One step at a time.
Living a happy and balanced life asks means doing more of what brings you joy. Sometimes that joy can come from simply doing nothing. When we slow down, breathy fully, eat mindfully, and enjoy the world slowly, we often find that happiness and balance we seek in life has always been within us. Disconnect from the chaos and curb your addiction to the busyness and take life one step, one moment at a time.
10. Find something you love and do it.
I am a firm believer that each of us has a life’s passion. What is your passion? Find that thing that make you truly, wonderfully, and completely happy and just do it! Our time in this world is far too precious to waste it mindless chasing the wheel. Do what you love, satisfy your soul and find your happiness in your life’s passion.
The great thing about finding balance and happiness is that there is no final authority or rules you have to follow. Each of us gets to decide the way that we create a lifestyle that best reflects our heart’s desires. Wake up tomorrow and decide you’re going to live your best life. Because honestly, that’s the best any of any of us can really do with the time we have here.