3 Habits of People Who Are Ecstatic and Fulfilled
Most happy nations
Just the other day I was watching a documentary about happiness.
They did some research about the happiness quotient of countries.
They found Denmark and Belgium to be two of the happiest countries in the world.
This piqued my interest in the subject of happiness.
There were several things mentioned in the documentary.
I was intrigued by what made people happy.
For some, it was living a simple and minimalist life.
Some said that happiness was based on being as close to nature as possible.
Someone else said that money doesn't bring happiness.
Others found happiness in meaningful relationships.
I did a little study on happiness and came out with the following findings.
- Everyone wants to be happy.
- Many people think that happiness is beyond their reach.
However, the good news is that we can all be happy.
Happiness does not depend on outward circumstances
The wonderful thing about happiness is that it is not dependent upon your external circumstances.
It is not dependent on other people.
Happiness is something that is totally achievable and it all depends on you.
You would be interested to know that happiness is a choice.
It has to do with your will and with your mind.
It is very important for you to understand that happiness is a state of mind.
- No one can make you happy and no one can take away your happiness.
- You are alone are responsible for your happiness.
- You can do certain things which will make you happy.
- And you can be happy every day of your life.
- You have to learn to live a happy life.
Happiness is not what happens to you automatically but certain habits will definitely bring happiness to you.
There are certain behaviors and disciplines which you will have to inculcate in order to live a happy and fulfilled life.
People who are happy all the time have inculcated some good habits.
Not only have they developed these habits but they follow certain daily routines and activities which keep them happy all the time.
They have made this a lifestyle.
Brains rewired for happiness
Because they have practiced this for a very long time their brains have been rewired for happiness.
One beautiful thing is that if you are not happy all the time you can actually rewire your brains to feel happy.
The human brain is malleable and moldable. Certain habits and behaviors can change your brain.
It is a well known scientific fact that the brain can release what is called happy hormones.
Happy hormones include endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine.
These chemicals release a happy feeling in the human mind and body.
When you do some particular thing, the brain releases these happy hormones.
Have a look at 3 different habits that will release these hormones and bring happiness to your lives.
1.Certain behaviors make you happy
These things can bring such a deep sense of happiness that you want to keep doing those things.
This experience is described as ‘flow.’
When you indulge in these things you lose the sands of time.
You become so very engrossed in these activities that you are captured by them.
These activities could range from listening to music to reading books.
It could be gardening or watching a TV sitcom.
It could be anything that gives you a sense of happiness.
The more you indulge in these activities, the more satisfied you feel.
These activities are so enjoyable that people continue to do it just to experience the sheer pleasure that they get out of.
They are willing to pay any cost to repeat these activities because it makes them feel so happy.
In his best-selling book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, credited with popularizing the flow state with his research, describes flow as “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”
You need to continue following these habits that make you happy.
Once your brain gets used to these activities, it will rewire itself and suggest new activities to you.
Your brain will find more such activities that will make you happy.
2. Gratefulness breeds happiness
People who are grateful are always happy people.
It is an interesting scientific fact that frequent, small, and happy experiences give people more satisfaction than a few huge achievements.
- Grateful people always have a feeling of happiness and fulfillment.
- Grateful people always find happiness just the way they are.
- Grateful people have self-respect and self-esteem.
- There is a sense of self-worth and that makes them happy.
People who have the habit of gratitude, have soft and malleable brains.
Their medial prefrontal cortex has more sensitivity.
This area of the brain is related to decision making, learning, and logical thinking.
Grateful people are also very positive people.
Gratefulness makes people attractive, down to earth, simple, and happy.
People who have gratitude are more in sync with the world and with the people around them.
3. Having strong and meaningful relationships brings happiness
Man is a social animal, and no man is an island.
No man or woman can live alone for a very long time.
Loneliness breeds unhappiness and meaningful relationships breed satisfaction and happiness.
Scientific research proves that social involvement increases the levels of happiness.
When people are involved in meaningful relationships, it increases their standard of life and physical health.
Deep relationships release positive emotions.
These relationships that are strong make people happy.
It is a widely known fact that fractured relationships breed unhappiness, loneliness, and depression.
Forming good relationships will release happiness in your body.
Meaningful relationships keep you happy and healthy and give you a long life.
Friends, these are three things that will keep you ecstatic and happy always.
Experience it in your life firsthand and see what ecstasy it brings in your life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire