Do you love your life? That's a tough question to answer, I know. In fact, the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happinesss found that just one in three people are happy with their lives. Look, it's okay to have bad days—we all do. With social media around, it's easy to compare your life to the edited version of someone else's. And yes, that means sometimes we really do just need a duvet day. But it's not all bad—there's joy to be found in the tiniest moments. In fact, that's a small part of loving your life and feeling happier. Below, find three tips that will help you love your life today and right now. We found them on Lululemon's website whilst hunting down the perfect pair of leggings (the Align Pant, $98, in case you were wondering).
It's so easy to get caught up in on what your life could be like if you were x, y or z. If you're always focused on tomorrow, you can miss the beauty of today. Laura Sugden writes, "If your favourite song comes on the radio while you're getting ready, savour it. … Pay attention. Maybe notice if someone [near you] would appreciate your seat. It will take you around three seconds to do it, but you'll treasure that moment. That connection of kindness could be the one highlight of your morning, or it could be one of a thousand highlights. The point is, you need to give yourself chance to see those highlights. Call it being present, call it mindfulness, call it Dave—it works."
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Don't Talk Down to Yourself
A big part of self-care is addressing our internal dialogue. According to the law of attraction, your thoughts are connected to how you feel, and how you feel is connected to what you do. Positive thoughts will spark a cycle of positivity. If your inner voice is negative, it's unlikely you'll reach the goals you set for yourself. If you tell yourself you're not good enough, those dreams are likely to move further and further away. Which is why it's time to flip the script and recite the following mantras:
I am enough.
I am capable.
I am deserving.
"Where negative self-talkers are generally more pessimistic, positive self-talkers are proven to benefit from longer life spans, better immune systems, cope better under stress and enjoy better physical health," Sugden reflects.
Sweat Yourself Happy
We all know that exercise releases endorphins that make us happy, but so often we view exercise as a chore. Hate the gym? Why spend money on a membership? Instead, try out Zumba or a yoga class. Trampolining and climbing are fun options. How about stand-up paddle-boarding or Go Ape? Or if those sound too outdoorsy, what about cranking up your favourite tunes and dancing around in your living room?
According to psychologist Shawn Achor, completing 10 minutes of exercise a day trains your brain to think that your behaviour matters and that you can make a difference in your life. (Goodbye, self-deprecating thoughts!) Keep scrolling to shop our favourite fit kit to wear whilst you're bopping along to Tina Turner, ABBA or Beyoncé.