The 20 Fastest Ways To A Happier Life

It's easy to look at happy people and see similar characteristics — things like how they surround themselves with loved ones, and that they don't care what other people think. But is there more to the magic recipe of being happy than just adopting these kinds of simple habits?

The desire to be happy has dramatically changed over the past few decades. In the mid-90s, scientific journals published about 100 studies on sadness for every study they published on happiness. Today the psychological landscape looks much different; "positive psychology" is a movement that not only helps us understand how we reach happiness in life, but also how we can actually thrive.

Most studies will conclude that the happiest people forgive easily, that they seek intimacy and personal growth, and that they don't judge themselves in comparison to others; but what else is there when it comes to the happiness habit?

As a person who has healed herself from depression, addictions and eating disorders, and who left a corporate career to to follow her heart and become a writer, I understand the power of positive psychology and how it can transform our lives.

Along my journey to live my dream life, I've discovered some universal laws that determined my own happiness. There's a system to being happy, and if we know the system we can work it and apply it to reach a happy and healthy state. If I ever felt out of alignment, stuck or depressed, I would pull out this list and it would instantly put me back on track.

Here are 10 things to stop doing, and 10 things to do more of, if you want to get on the fast track to a better life.

Stop

1. Believing your excuses.

2. Cheating on your future with your past.

3. Allowing society to dictate your fate.

4. Comparing yourself to others.

5. Being mean to yourself.

6. Looking outside of yourself for joy.

7. Expecting others to change.

8. Thinking you are flawed.

9. Letting your fear keep you from moving forward.

10. Thinking you have to be happy all the time.

Start

1. Expressing yourself creatively.

2. Trusting your own heart.

3. Appreciating how awesome you truly are.

4. Being thankful for what you have, while you work toward what you want.

5. Being willing to forgive those who hurt you.

6. Surrounding yourself with people who inspire you.

7. Following your joy route.

8. Dreaming much bigger.

9. Training your brain to see the good in EVERYTHING.

10. Trusting that everything always works out in your favor.

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Shannon Kaiser

Author, Speaker
Shannon Kaiser is a best-selling author, international speaker, retreat leader, and teacher. Her much-anticipated new book, The Self-Love Experiment, will be released in August 2017. She’s been named on of the Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen and "One of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness" by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon's the founder of PlayWithTheWorld.com, named one of the Top 75 Personal Development Websites, and Top 100 Self-Help Blogs by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the globe such as HuffPost Live, Health Magazine, Australian Vogue, Women’s Health, Spirituality & Health, and Entrepreneur magazine. Everything Shannon does is to empower you to believe in and trust yourself, so you can live your ideal life. Grab a free "Manifest Your Ideal Life" meditation at PlayWithTheWorld.com. Connect on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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