12 Ways to Start Feeling Happier, Now

Post by Danielle Stein for the Kind Kindred series.

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Happiness. No matter what our desires are, it all leads back to this. We want bliss. We want to feel alive. We want to enjoy. And we should! Here are some steps to start feeling better than ever, right now.

1. Please stop comparing yourself to others. It’s completely toxic and will only distract you from being your best self. Just be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

2. Ditch judgement. Everyone is on their own, unique journey. Learn to appreciate that. If everyone was exactly the same life would be boring.

3. Stop worrying about what others are doing. This distracts us from our purpose and our own special gifts. Trust your gut. Remember how awesome you are and be authentically you.
Think of this affirmation: “What you think you become.”

4. “Don’t chase fame, success or love, become the best version of yourself and those things will chase you.” Enough said.

5. Accept compliments. Have you ever met someone who immediately after giving them a compliment turns it around by telling you you’re a)wrong or b) saying something like, “That’s not true, but thanks anyway.” ? Learn to accept and appreciate when people go out of their way to treat you with kindness and praise you for your accomplishments and fabulous qualities.

6. Choose love vs. fear. Gabrielle Bernstein teaches us this important lesson in her book, Spirit Junkie. She explains how (with the help from, A Course in Miracles) she left a life filled with negativity, doubt and ego for one filled with positive energy, authenticity and true happiness. Let us strive to do the same.

7. Move. Move your body, we’re made for it. Whether it’s in the form of dancing in your room, cleaning the house, going to the gym, mountain biking, yoga or walking your dog; move in a way you love- have fun with it!

8. Listen to your body. Our bodies are miraculous. Take a minute to appreciate the fact that our hearts continuously beat away, our lungs keep allowing breath to flow and the ability it has to comprehend what foods it needs to flourish & thrive. Listen to it, acknowledge that it is smarter than you are. Experiment and allow your body to have a chance to help you eat clean and practice true healthy living.

9. Be the change you wish to see. Ask yourself, “What is my purpose? What is my special gift?” And go do it. The world needs you. The world needs more people who have come alive.

10. Make sure to live the life you really want. Make sure it feels good on the inside and doesn’t just look good on the outside. Live, don’t simply exist, beautiful.

11. Eat clean. The way we eat has a drastic affect on our mood and hormones. Nourish your body. Eat real, whole foods without labels, drink green smoothies & juices and get back to basics. You are what you eat. Learn to let, “Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

12. Get enough sleep. It’s not called beauty sleep for no reason. Sleep affects us drastically. It plays a huge role in our mood, ability to lose weight and be our most productive selves. Make sure to get at least 8 hours per night.

Personally, I strive to implement these steps into my life on a constant basis. Of course, negativity, doubt and fear try to take over sometimes, but I always do my best to get back to positivity and self-love quickly. When I do, happiness floods in and fills me right up.

Danielle Stein is a Natural Beauty Lifestyle Coach & Certified Health Coach. She is the owner of Optimal Beauty and works one-on-one with women who want to feel optimally beautiful every day. Danielle specializes in creating personalized Optimal Beauty Lifestyle plans for her clients. Optimal Beauty is about looking deep within yourself and discovering your uniqueness, perfect diet, creating your ideal lifestyle, treating yourself with the utmost respect, lasting results and being your best self every day. Every woman has an idea of what Optimal Beauty feels and looks like and the best part? Each woman can achieve it. There’s not just one definition for beauty and the ultimate lifestyle, but 100’s of thousands. Are you ready to begin your journey? Click here to book your complimentary call with Danielle today! 
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