25 Habits That Happy Women Practice
We’re celebrating Curves’ 25th Birthday and the strong women who make it such a great community. In honor of the occasion, we’re sharing 25 habits that happy women practice. We know that everyone can get busy or stressed from time to time, which can make it tough to focus on all the positives going on in your life. However, being happy should always be top a priority, so savor the small stuff, take in the good, and find balance in your everyday life. Challenge yourself to practice these 25 habits:
1. Treat your self
It’s definitely okay to take some “me-time” and give yourself some time to enjoy a movie you’ve been dying to see, a manicure, and a latte.
2. Stop and smell the roses
Live in the moment and appreciate the little things—smell the fresh cut lawn, hear the birds tweeting, and see the sunshine filter through the leaves.
3. Surround yourself with happy people
Encircle yourself with positive people in your life and they’ll empower you to be the best you can be.
Clear your mind and regain your focus. Download a guided meditation app on your phone and spend 10 minutes each day meditating.
5. Schedule a sweat session
Not only will you feel healthier, but working out regularly releases those happy brain chemicals, endorphins1.
6. Imperfect is ok
Nothing is perfect, and it’s ok to remember that sometimes, even the best laid plans can go awry.
7. Wake up early
See the sunrise, eat a healthy breakfast, and have a simple start to the day.
8. Put on a happy face
Smile at strangers. Smile at yourself in the mirror. You’ll make others feel good and make yourself feel great while showing off those pearly whites.
9. Be a part of something bigger
Be an activist for something you believe in, join a book club, an art class, or find meaningful connections at your local Curves.
10. Give thanks
Have an attitude of gratitude wherever you go and write it down, too.
11. Eat wholesome food
Feeling depressed? Ditch the junk food for a nutritious and well-rounded diet, which can help your body and your mind2.
12. Listen to your body
Pay attention to when your body is telling you to slow down or get some rest.
13. Stay hydrated
Drink more water to help relieve fatigue and improve your mood3.
14. Sleep a full 7-8 hours
Getting a good night’s sleep is key to warding off irritability, stress and ensuring better performance the next day.
15. Ask for help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with a work project or need a break overall, remember it’s ok to rely on others and ask for help.
16. No drama
Brush it off. There are bigger fish to fry than worrying about what others think or petty squabbles.
Crank up the tunes and dance, baby, dance (and burn a few extra calories, too).
18. Speak only positively about yourself
It’s important to celebrate yourself. Go ahead and say it aloud: you’re strong; you had a great hair day; you knocked that presentation out of the park.
19. Write in a journal
Take up journaling each night to help sort out your feelings in order to reflect.
20. Set goals and meet them
Dream big! Working toward something, like a new fitness goal or a promotion, gives you purpose.
21. Spend time with those you love
Remember to continue to build strong connections with your family and friends; the people you lean on the most.
22. Do something creative
Take up painting, knitting, or even gardening to express yourself and have fun.
When catching up with a friend or meeting someone new, disconnect from technology and really give the other person your full attention.
Sure, someone may have cut in front of you at the supermarket self-checkout line, but it’s so much easier to just forgive and forget.
25. Save money
Set aside money from each paycheck to build a nest egg for new experiences and create lasting, happy memories to savor.