Bryan Dijkhuizen

5 Habits You’ll Need to Drop to Activate Your Happiness

Are you tired of feeling constantly unhappy and unfulfilled?

It might be time to drop these 5 habits that are hindering your happiness and activate a more joyful and fulfilling life.

In this article, I’ll tell you about 5 bad habits that we all have and should leave behind us in the past.

Let’s get started.

1 — The Neglectance of Your Sleeping Quality

Sleep is as important as breathing.

Without a proper sleeping rhythm, we’ll go completely bonkers and you need a lot to recover from that insanity.

There are actually people that tried to get the world record for not sleeping.

The first one to do it was Randy Gardner with more than 11 days without sleep. The man had a lot of health issues years after he did this experiment.

It tells us to get some sleep.

Around 7–7,5 hours per night is enough. Definitely not more than 8 and not less than 6. If you want to become happier then sleeping is a great way to start because your mood really gets affected by the lack of sleep and quality of your sleep.

2 — Your Deep Desire to Overthink Everything

I’m a huge overthinker.

Whenever I have to do something that requires a little bit of thinking or just something that’s making me nervous, like a presentation or public speaking, I tend to think over the scenarios over and over again.

Until there’s a point I think it’s better to quit and don’t do it at all.

But on the other hand, I know that always I feel better afterward and realize it wasn’t a big deal.

And if it were to be a big deal, so be it.

There’s this video on TikTok that told me whenever you’re scared to do a certain thing, just do it afraid.

Overthinking cause immense stress and unhappiness.

It’s not as easy of a habit to break but incredibly necessary to become a better and happier human being.

3 — Procrastination on a Daily Basis

We’re all guilty. Don’t try to hide it.

You’re a big procrastinator — which is fine if you want to be unhappy for the rest of your life.

No, all kidding aside. You should try to limit the number of tasks you put away.

When you delay something, you might feel relieved because you don’t have to do it right now, but you’ll also know that there will be a moment when you have to do it.

That’s causing stress and making you unhappy.

I wrote, “Procrastination Is Stopping You From Reaching Your Potential: Beat It”.

Maybe it helps break this bad habit.

4 — Not Practising Gratitude Every Day

Be grateful.

Be grateful.

Be grateful.

Repeat that another million times and mean it. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis is essential for a peaceful mind.

There are so many beautiful things in the world to be grateful for. You’ll need to recognize them, write them down, and truly realize them. Keeping a journal is perfect for this.

It’s something you could do every night, to begin with. Just before you go to sleep and write down what you were grateful for that day.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 

John F. Kennedy

5 — Not Setting Goals & Targets in Life

Do you know the importance of a goal in your life?

I wrote a newsletter about the purpose and setting goals once. I tell about how setting a clear path helps you to know what to do.

If you don’t have a destination, how are you going to get to the right place?

You probably will not. You’re driving on a road with no end. Just trying stuff that doesn’t work because you don’t know your directions.

Make sure to set realistic goals. Put them in categories (Short-term, mid-term, and long-term).

Read more about that here.

Final Thoughts

As you have read there are quite some things you can adjust in your daily life to increase happiness.

Bad habits are there to be broken.

You’re not bound to your bad habits as if you were in chains. It’s your courage that it takes to become a better human.

Practice and beat your own demons.

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