Are you on a mission to create a happier life this year, but not sure where to start?

Trust me, I totally get it. As working women, we wear a lot of hats. 

At home we’re expected to be project managers, personal assistants, and teachers. While at work we’re expected to be innovators, problem solves, and leaders. (Those are the short lists!)

And we take so much pride in our unique roles that we often forget about ourselves. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to sacrifice your own happiness for that of others.

In fact, you will become a better wife, daughter, sister, friend, entrepreneur (and so on) simply by prioritizing your own happiness.

But what does that look like? What are some actionable ways to create a happier life? Well, I’m so glad you asked! 😉 

Personally, there are 10 healthy habits that have completely changed the game for me. 

These positive habits have replaced the stress and anxiety I used to feel daily with peace and harmony. They have allowed me to live joyfully, despite having to juggle so many roles. 

Here they are, in no specific order.

Get to know them, master them, and I’m certain you’ll create a happier life, too.

Before you dive in, do yourself a favor and pin this graphic on Pinterest to keep these tips in a safe place you can easily access!

1. Learn how to say no to people.

Have you ever committed to something you really didn’t want to do because you felt obligated or feared judgement?

For years I overstuffed my calendar, trying to give everything to everyone. And while I had positive intentions, I left nothing in the tank for myself. 

As a result, my mental health and progress towards my goals took a huge hit. I was constantly tired, stressed, and anxious; my mind completely cluttered. 

All because I didn’t know how to say no to people.

Your time, energy, and focus are truly your most valuable assets. When you use them all up on other people’s priorities, you abandon your own.

That said, if you want to create a happier life, you have to learn how to say no to people.

Anytime I’m debating attending an event or accepting and invite I ask myself three simple questions: 

  1. Do I have time to do this?
  2. Will doing this draw up negative emotions (like exhaustion, stress, or anxiety)?
  3. Is there a benefit to doing this?

If I have time and won’t induce negative feelings, I usually go for it. If the benefits are substantial, I consider. Otherwise, I politely decline. 

You can use this gut-check strategy or create your own, but it’s good to have one. It’ll allow you to make decisions quickly and confidently. 

2. Save some money.

It’s said that money doesn’t buy happiness, and I don’t disagree.

But I do think that saving money alleviates unnecessary stress and worry. And that peace of mind makes people happy (myself included). 

So seek some professional advice and create a plan that works for you.

You don’t have to be a millionaire (not even close!) to feel good about your finances.

3. Have a plan.

Speaking of plans, if you want to create a happier life, consider doing a bit more planning.

I say a bit more because nobody wants their life to feel rigid. But if you totally wing it you’re less likely to make progress, personally and professionally.

I’m huge on planning, especially my weekdays. It gives me clarity and keeps me on task. Plus, it helps me to keep a pulse on where I’m giving my valuable time, energy, and focus – so I know when I need to say no to people. 😉

That’s why I added daily planners and weekly planners to my shop. They’re such easy, invaluable tools.

A simplified weekly planner design by The Joyful Co.

4. Declutter your life.

Things are burdensome. 

The more you have, the more you have to organize, clean, and take care of.

And while that might not seem like a big deal at the surface, think for a second about how much time you spend simply managing your belongings (doing laundry, putting things away, organizing to create space, etc.). 

It’s actually kind of scary how much time is spent doing these mundane tasks.

Back when I was a fashion blogger I calculated that it took me at least 5 hours per week to manage the insane amounts of clothing, shoes, and accessories I had acquired. 

That’s a minimum of 20 hours per month!!

I don’t know about you, but I can think of about 100 things that are more enjoyable than doing chores. And I actually don’t even mind doing chores, lol!

Needless to say, after decluttering my life felt so much lighter… easier. 

Perhaps you don’t have as much as I did to get rid of, or maybe you have more. 

But wherever the management of your belongings feels more burdensome than beneficial, it’s time to declutter. 

5. Move your body.

Run, walk, lift weights, whatever! Just exercise every single day. 

Moving your body releases endorphins, neurochemicals that serve as natural pain relievers.

Endorphins alleviate depression, stress, and anxiety. They also reduce weight and boost self esteem, among other things! 

Long story short, endorphins are like happy pills that your body supplies you with. All you have to do is get moving to reap the benefits!

6. Keep good company.

You are the average of the people you spend the most time with.

Think about that.

Are the people you give your time and attention to as successful as you desire to be? Smart? Kind? Courageous?

Do they support you? Encourage you? Do they genuinely want to see you win?

If not, it’s time to shake things up.

The company you keep should lift you higher, not pull you down.

I will say, this one is especially hard in office or team situations. Sometimes you’re forced to interact with people you just don’t vibe with. I get that. 

The best thing to do in these circumstances is to lead by example. Be the change you want to see!

7. Eat healthy.

Food is fuel. 

What you put into your body impacts how you feel and how you perform.

I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I can say from experience that I’m a completely different person when I’m eating healthy vs. not. 

When I’m on a positive path, I’m far more calm, focused, motivated, energetic, content, and happy.

That said, if you want to create a happier life, try putting some high-quality food in your tank – and skip the junk!

If this is something you struggle with, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist. Someone who can give you professional advice and maybe even some accountability. 

8. Get a hobby.

Whatever happened to hobbies? It seems like everyone has a side hustle these days, but nobody has a hobby.

It’s such a shame because hobbies force you to take time for yourself, without the pressure to perform a certain way or obtain a specific result. They help you to unleash your creativity, explore your talents, and learn new skills. Not to mention they allow you to form new connections and relationships. 

Hobbies are truly an opportunity to enrich your life; To do the things that bring you joy. 

And when you consistently do the things that bring you joy, happiness is inevitable.

9. Practice gratitude.

There are so many benefits to practicing gratitude. It increases mental strength, psychological health, physical health, and improves self esteem to name a few.

And so it’s not surprising that expressing gratitude increases happiness by 25%. 

That’s actually why I designed my daily planners with space to fill in gratitudes. Simply writing down a few things you’re thankful for per day can make you happier.

That’s a solid perk for such little time and effort!

The Joyful Co.'s monthly planner pad and weekly planner pad.

10. Rest.

For whatever reason, our society tends to equate rest with laziness. But it’s necessary and incredibly beneficial. 

Rest provides energy, clarity, and focus. It even boosts creativity, productivity, and immunity. 

So be self aware, and rest when you know you need to. And as much as you need to!

Rest will help you perform better, and undoubtedly make you feel happier. 

Phew! Did you get all that? 😅 Let’s do a quick recap.

If you want to create a happier life:

  1. Learn how to say no.
  2. Save money.
  3. Have a plan.
  4. Declutter your life.
  5. Move your body.
  6. Keep good company.
  7. Eat healthy.
  8. Get a hobby.
  9. Practice gratitude.
  10. Rest.

With these healthy habits implemented, you’ll undoubtedly unleash your best self.

Before you go, be sure to pin this graphic on Pinterest to keep these tips top of mind…

Thanks so much for reading! Do your best today, babe.


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