What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to living a happy life?
I know what mine is; time.
But does it have to be so time-consuming that you forget things which lead to personal well-being? Fortunately, the answer is “no”.
Keep on reading and I will tell you how you, as an entrepreneur, can find happiness in less than one hour.
Oh, and by the way, these activities I will tell you about have all been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and depression.
OK, here we go.
Gratefulness (5 minutes)
Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.
“Gratitude is many things to many people. It is a wonder; it is appreciation; it is looking on the bright side of a setback; it is fathoming abundance; it is thanking someone in your life; it is thanking God; it is ‘counting blessings.’ It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is coping; it is present-oriented.
Let’s start easy.
Being grateful is something anyone can practice, it does not cost anything and it sure is not exhausting. However, it is neither something we usually do enough. Expressing gratitude makes us happier, more hopeful and more energetic. It also allows us to feel positive emotions more frequently and reduces negative feelings like depression and envy. A good way to practice gratefulness is to think about what you are grateful for just before falling asleep. Take 2 minutes while you lay there in your bed and just allow yourself to think about all the good things you have in your life.
Another good exercise is to list three things that you are grateful for. If you come up with more than three things just type them down as well and be happy that you have so much to be thankful for.
Work out (15 minutes)
Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, to aid growth and improve strength, preventing aging, developing muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, improving health and also for enjoyment. Many individuals choose to exercise outdoors where they can congregate in groups, socialize, and enhance well-being.
If you are already working out or if you have done it regularly before you are well aware of the wonderful feeling you experience afterward. What is that feeling exactly? And can it be trusted or is it just an illusion?
That feeling is two things combined. First of all the satisfaction of accomplishment. The same feeling you get whenever you have done something that took some kind of effort. But it is not all in your mind. Things happen inside your body when working out as well. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.
Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric”. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Even if that feeling would not be motivation enough.
So here is my advice. Pause the article right here. Go for a slow 15 min run and then come back and keep reading.
The one thing I can, in-fact, promise you is that you won’t regret it afterward.
Meditation (10 minutes)
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
First of all, I’m not religious.
However, meditation is not just about achieving a greater state. The truth is that meditation has been supported by science to be healthy.
In many ways, our brain is like a computer. When we meditate the brain processes less information. Much like your computer would if you went from having Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube running all at once, to shutting it all down and put it in sleep mode.
How to Meditate:
- Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair or cushion.
- Close your eyes. We recommend using one of our Cooling Eye Masks or Restorative Eye Pillows if lying down.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.
- Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus to your breath.
Surprise someone you like (25 minutes)
There are several layers in this category. First of all, spending time with the people in our surroundings is for most of us one of the most accessible happy generators. On the other hand, it is also one of the most underestimated happy generating activities.
Follow these activities and you, as an entrepreneur, will find the much-needed balance in life