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We live in a world that idolizes the busy lifestyle- there’s always something else to be done, something else to do, more goals to be met. But, what is it all really good for if you aren’t happy? We may not be able to totally eradicate the busyness of life, then there wouldn’t be enough going on! However, there are things that we can do to improve our overall well-being and level of happiness on a regular basis that will continue to pay off in the future.

Get present and be in the moment

It may sound cliche but science backs up this theory and its ability to boost happiness. As Emma Seppala says in TIME, “Paradoxically, slowing down and focusing on what is happening in front of you right now—being present instead of always having your mind on the next thing—will make you much more successful.” When you allow yourself to be in the present moment, you are able to enjoy it fully- and not be distracted by things that are out of your control.

This can improve intimacy with a partner, allow you to relax alone, and build more of a connection with friends or family. It is important to note that this may take a while to become a habit if your previous habit happened to be chronic over-thinking. Be gentle with yourself and if you realize that your mind is on something else- calmly return to what you are doing.

Take a break from technology

Technology over-stimulates our brains. There is always something to see on the computer and since a lot of us now carry our computers in our pockets (smartphones) we are more likely to pull them out and over-use them. Put the phone away and spend quality time with friends or get out in nature instead. As Joshua Becker says, “Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you. Our world may be changing. But the true nature of life is not.” This can leave your entire body feeling refreshed and focused- like a mini-vacation. You may feel anxious at first because your body is used to constantly doing something, but you can train your body to relax and if you stick to it, will experience many benefits.

Try meditation, breathwork, or both!

In combination these two are quite a powerful duo, however, it may be best to start with one or the other. Both meditation and breathwork can calm your mind and body and when used regularly can greatly impact your ability to handle stress effectively. It promotes an overall state of well-being by calming the central nervous system.