Take time to think of what really matters to you (like helping others or protecting the planet).
That's when you move on to build a new daily habit.When our lives are rich with positive emotions, great relationships, strengths to practice, and a sense of purpose, we are ready to accomplish things. Do your best at whatever you try, without a need to be perfect.Setting and achieving goals gives us something to put our energy into. If things don't work out at first, keep an optimistic mindset and try again. Set realistic goals and small action steps to turn dreams into realities.Numbers 2 through 4 are the foundation of the WLC program, habits that we continually discuss, write about, and recommend. If you are one of the lucky ones who never became addicted to nicotine, pat yourself on the back.Smokers, I hope you are working diligently to kick your habit.Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends.A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you! If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. We might tell ourselves, "If only things were different, then I'd be happy." But that's not really how happiness works. Their upbeat personalities make it easier for them to be happy. Feeling some positive emotions every day has a big effect on our happiness and well-being.Research shows that just a small portion of happiness (only about 10%) depends on a person's situation. So what does that mean for people who are born with a personality that's on the grumpy side? That's why it's so important to do things that give us positive feelings.