Men who are truly happy in their life usually adopt these 9 daily habits

There’s a distinction between being content and truly being happy in life. And that difference often comes down to habits.

Being truly happy isn’t about the big wins or major life events, it’s about the small, daily practices that add up over time.

These habits, when consistently applied, have the power to transform your life from just getting through the day to truly thriving.

As a man who has found happiness in my own life, I’ve noticed there are certain habits that seem to be universal among men who share this level of joy.

Here are nine daily habits that men who are genuinely happy in their life tend to embrace.

1) Embrace gratitude

There’s a simple practice that differentiates men who are just getting by from those who are genuinely happy – gratitude.

The act of expressing and acknowledging gratitude plays a significant role in experiencing happiness. It’s not about ignoring life’s challenges or hardships, but about focusing on what’s going well.

Gratitude instills a positive mindset. And this isn’t just anecdotal advice, it’s backed by science. Studies consistently show a strong link between gratitude and happiness.

Men who are truly happy make it a habit to count their blessings, no matter how small they may seem. They take the time each day to acknowledge what they’re thankful for.

This daily habit of practicing gratitude helps to shift the perspective from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in life, leading to a deeper sense of fulfillment and contentment.

If you’re aspiring to increase your happiness level, start by cultivating gratitude in your daily routine. But remember, like any habit, it requires consistency to see its transformative power.

2) Prioritize physical health

As someone who’s been through the ups and downs of life, I can tell you that physical health plays a crucial role in overall happiness.

Let me share a personal story. A few years back, I found myself in a constant state of stress and dissatisfaction. My work was demanding, and I barely had time for anything else. I began to neglect my physical health — skipping workouts, eating poorly, and compromising on sleep.

Over time, this took a toll not just on my body but also on my mood and overall happiness. It was then that I realized the importance of maintaining good physical health.

I made a conscious decision to turn things around. I started with small changes like incorporating a daily walk into my routine and focusing on eating nutritious meals. Gradually, I began to feel more energetic, less stressed, and undoubtedly happier.

Now, prioritizing my physical health is a non-negotiable daily habit. Whether it’s going for a run, hitting the gym, or simply taking short breaks to stretch during work hours, it’s part of my routine. And believe me, it has made a world of difference in my level of happiness.

Men who are truly happy don’t overlook their physical health. They understand that a healthy body supports a happy mind.

3) Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword, it’s a way of life for men who are truly happy. Being present in the moment, paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and surroundings without judgment – this is what mindfulness is all about.

Being mindful helps to reduce anxiety, improve attention span, and increase overall happiness. It’s like hitting a pause button on the hustle and bustle of life.

But here’s something you might not know: According to research from Harvard University, our minds are lost in thought almost 47% of the time. That’s almost half our lives spent not being present in the moment!

Men who are genuinely happy make it a habit to practice mindfulness daily. It could be through meditation, breathing exercises, or even mindful eating. By doing so, they tend to experience greater satisfaction in their lives because they are fully engaged in each moment.

If you’re looking to boost your happiness, consider making mindfulness a part of your daily routine. Remember, it’s not about emptying your mind but about paying full attention to your present experience.

4) Pursue a passion

Passion is the fuel that drives us to strive for greatness. It’s no surprise then that men who are truly happy often have a passion they pursue.

Having something you’re passionate about gives you a sense of purpose. It could be anything from painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, to coding. The key is that it’s something you love and look forward to.

When you engage in activities you’re passionate about, it creates a sense of joy and fulfillment that permeates into other areas of your life. It invigorates you, provides an escape from daily stressors and, most importantly, it makes you happy.

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do or learn, take the plunge. Make it a habit to spend time doing what you love. It’s one of the most rewarding investments you can make for your happiness.

5) Make time for relationships

We are social creatures by nature, and meaningful relationships play a vital role in our happiness. Men who are genuinely happy don’t take their relationships for granted; they make time for them.

Whether it’s spending quality time with family, catching up with friends over coffee, or just a simple phone call to an old pal, these moments of connection contribute significantly to our sense of well-being.

It’s not about the quantity but the quality of these relationships. Having a support system you can count on, people who understand and appreciate you, adds a layer of richness to life that’s hard to replicate.

Make it a habit to nurture your relationships. Remember, it’s a two-way street – give as much as you take. By investing time and energy in your relationships, you’re not only fostering deeper connections but also paving the way for your own happiness.

6) Practice kindness

There’s an undeniable warmth that comes from being kind. It’s a feeling that resonates deep within, leaving you with a sense of fulfillment and happiness.

Men who are truly happy understand this. They make it a habit to practice kindness, not just towards others, but also towards themselves.

Whether it’s helping a stranger, lending an ear to a friend in need, or simply being patient with themselves during tough times, every act of kindness counts.

Kindness has this beautiful way of creating a ripple effect. The joy it brings to the receiver often finds its way back to the giver. It’s as if happiness is boomeranging back to you.

Incorporate kindness into your daily habits. Be compassionate, be understanding, be generous. Remember, in the grand scheme of things, kindness matters. And the happiness it brings is truly rewarding.

7) Embrace change

Change is a constant in life. But accepting it, let alone embracing it, can be challenging. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve struggled with this in the past.

There was a time when a sudden job change uprooted my life. It was a period filled with uncertainty and anxiety. However, it was also during this time that I discovered the power of embracing change.

Instead of resisting, I began to see change as an opportunity for growth and learning. It wasn’t easy, and there were moments of doubt. But with time, I began to adapt and found that this shift in perspective brought about a new sense of happiness and contentment.

Men who are genuinely happy don’t shy away from change; they welcome it. They see it as a part of life’s journey and use it as an opportunity to evolve.

Make it a habit to embrace change, no matter how big or small. Remember, it’s not the change itself, but how you react to it that matters. And who knows, you might just find happiness in the most unexpected places.

8) Value experiences over possessions

In a world that often equates success with material wealth, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking more possessions equals more happiness. But men who are genuinely happy know that this isn’t the case.

These men value experiences over possessions. They understand that happiness isn’t about having the latest gadgets or the fanciest cars. Instead, it’s about the memories made, the places visited, and the experiences shared.

Whether it’s a simple picnic in the park, a road trip with friends, or even learning a new skill, these experiences contribute to a sense of fulfillment that material possessions often can’t match.

Make it a habit to invest in experiences rather than things. Remember, at the end of the day, it’s not what we have but what we’ve lived that truly matters.

9) Prioritize self-care

Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential. Men who are truly happy understand this and make it a non-negotiable part of their daily routine.

They know that taking care of their own physical, emotional, and mental well-being is vital for maintaining happiness. It’s not about indulging in extravagant luxuries, but about listening to their needs and taking time to replenish and rejuvenate.

Whether it’s a quiet moment with a book, a relaxing bath, or simply saying no when they’re overextended, these acts of self-care are crucial for maintaining a balance in life.

Make self-care a daily habit. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first, and happiness will follow.

Reflection: It’s all about the journey

The pursuit of happiness is a lifelong journey, not a destination. It’s deeply intertwined in the fabric of our daily lives, in the habits we cultivate and the choices we make.

Whether it’s embracing gratitude, prioritizing physical health, practicing mindfulness, pursuing a passion, or any of the other habits we’ve discussed, each plays a part in shaping our happiness.

But remember, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one person may not work for another. The key is to find what resonates with you and make it a part of your daily routine.

As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” The same can be said about happiness. It’s not a fleeting moment, but a result of daily practices.

So take a moment to reflect. What habits do you have that contribute to your happiness? And what new habits can you adopt to enhance it? Remember, your happiness is in your hands. Cultivate it one day, one habit at a time.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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