We live in a culture of self-improvement and life hacks. A great portion of topics on the internet cover ways to increase productivity and overall health and well being, but what is often overlooked is the manipulation of a peaceful mind.
And that makes sense, because mental results are the hardest to track.
And if we’re being intensely honest; habits are very hard to break.
These six daily rituals can help you forge your way to increased happiness.
According to Merriam-Webster, meditation is defined as the act or practice of spending quiet time in thought.
There are several types of meditation: Upward meditation, downward meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Heart Rhythm Meditation, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Guided Meditation, Zazen, and Mindfulness – all catering to a different personal need.
There’s no doubt that meditation is a great habit to get into. Buddhist monks have been practicing meditation for centuries to reap its uplifting, mind-altering benefits.
According to Ronnie Newman, director of research and health promotion for the Art of Living Foundation, studies have shown that daily meditation can increase happiness, energy, and immunity, while lessening the chances of impulsive decisions.
Take ten minutes a day to truly focus on nothing but your breathing, and see what this renowned practice can do for you.
The benefits of practicing gratitude are virtually endless.
Those who take in and relish the great things they encounter, the wonderful people they meet, and the fun experiences they have are noticeably happier and more fulfilled.
Instead of stewing over what you don’t have, or what isn’t going right, shift your thinking to focus on what you do have. Ask yourself, what am I privileged with? What makes me unique? What do I really have to be thankful for? Spending less time dwelling on your shortcomings and more time focusing on what you have to be thankful for will not only reduce stress, but serve as a catalyst for happiness and contentment.
Write these things down, or keep a mental tab of them for the next time you feel discouraged.
Keep Your Environment Clean
“I just can’t wait to get home to my dirty apartment,” said no one ever.
Admit it, when your living space is clean, life is just… better.
So much better, that when your living space is clean, you notice yourself running into less distractions, and more time to commit to other more important, necessary life obligations.
Like being productive.
A clean environment can make you feel more confident in your social life, influence you to develop better habits, and even contribute to a more restful sleep.
Nothing but great things there.
Pay it Forward
Nuvanna is all about this principle of being. We want to help you glide through the things you believe to be the most challenging. We want you to look at those things and think, “I’ve got this,” and we want to inspire you to evoke that thought in others, which is where paying it forward comes in.
There is this universal karmic belief that when you do something kind from your heart, it will find it’s way back to you in some form or another.
Think about it: when was the last time someone did something nice for you? And when was the last time you did something nice for someone else as a return of that karmic energy?
If the answer is, “a long time ago,” you’re well overdue.
It’s time. Do something nice for someone. Something genuinely nice.
Something that will grab their attention.
Something that says, “I’m a total stranger to you, but that doesn’t matter. You have a problem, and I have a solution. Here it is. Here is how I show it. Here is what sets me apart.”
“Here is how I care.”
Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me!” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky.
You have the power to let people know. Show it.
Listen to Piano
Music, specifically piano music, depending on the composer and their style, has the power to completely influence your state of mind.
Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig Van Beethoven have changed the meaning of classical piano music to inspire people young and old to study, cook, clean, paint, write, draw — you name it.
More modern pianists include Ludovico Einaudi, Paul Cardall, Brian Crain, etc inspire millennials to get things done in a more contemporarily influential way.
Piano and its varying harmonious rhythms have become so popular to relax, study, and wind down, we’ve created Spotify playlists just for you.
You can find them right here.
Let the Light Shine In
Lack of natural light can influence a dark mood and swirling emotions. On dark days, our brains produce less serotonin; the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel happy.
When it’s light out, our brains flood with serotonin, which is the real reason light therapy is a thing.
So draw the blinds, pin back the curtains, and soak up the light.