5 THINGS I PRACTICE DAILY TO KEEP MYSELF HAPPY

5 THINGS I PRACTICE DAILY TO KEEP MYSELF HAPPY

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

For this week I wanted to write an entire post dedicated to the concept of happiness. I wrote about my definition of success on last week’s post and how from now on, my level of success will be directly proportional to my degree of happiness.

But… What is happiness anyway?

Is it money? Is it tangible? Is it a job? Is it the same for everyone? No. Happiness is so subjective that it’s very hard to define. I believe that being happy is a state of mind, it’s more of a journey than a destination. Happiness is being grateful for what you have while working hard for what you want. We ask and ask for more all the time, but how do we intend to have more if we don’t appreciate what’s right in front of us? If you can’t handle what’s on your hands right now, how do you intend to hold something bigger?

“The moment you understand that happiness has nothing to do with your circumstance and everything to do with your ability to accept the things you are experiencing, that’s when everything changes”

Sometimes we have bad days, shit just happens, you know? But most times this “bad day” just consisted of five crappy minutes that we let ruin the whole day, and then based on this whole “bad day” we tell ourselves that we have a bad life. I’ve been there. It’s so easy to let a little bad moment ruin everything. That’s why I’m forcing myself to react immediately when these situations arise, because they do happen to all of us.

That’s why I came up with ten ways to practice ‘happiness’ every day. Out of these ten, I try to do at least five. Please notice that some of these are about others too. Sometimes making someone else happy, makes you happy.

  1. I smile, even if I have to fake it. Smile to a stranger, it’s pretty awesome when they smile back at you, or even better, because of you.
  2. I write down the things I am grateful for. This does not have to be anything deep, something as simple as your gratefulness for being able to find a seat on the train during rush our will do it.
  3. I read something inspirational. It doesn’t have to be a book or a Mother Teresa biography (But if you can you totally should!). It can be something as simple as a nice quote on Instagram or Pinterest that makes you think for a minute.
  4. I look up. Yes, I literally look up. It gives you a different perspective and it always makes me think about who’s looking from above. He knows better and He sees the bigger picture from up there. So you just gotta keep moving forward.
  5. I complement other people. It works all the time! Do you have any idea of how many people go through life without being noticed? So go ahead and acknowledge someone, you never know how you can impact their day.
  6. I say good morning/night and thank you to my bus/train driver. Did you know that they have the highest rates of depression, hence suicide? Most people just ignore them and are mean to them. You have no idea how much of a difference it makes when you look at your bus/train driver in the eye and talk to them! They are bringing you home safe after all, don’t ever take that for granted.
  7. I call/text someone I love. Life gets busy and it’s very easy not to keep in touch with people you love. Sometimes a random text or call to an old friend, grandma, sibling, cousin, etc. becomes a conversation full of great memories, happiness and good vibes.
  8. I give myself a little pep talk in the morning. I used to be so so hard on myself, all the time and with everything. Now I’m like, so what? I’m only human, I make mistakes all the time. One day I just stopped beating myself and decided to start my day with 30 seconds of positivity and visualizing all the good things that would happen that day, and trust me, it made all the difference.
  9. I dress up nice. This has always worked for me and I’ve done it all my life. Maybe because I’ve always loved fashion, who knows? I just like to feel cute and hey, it’s an instant mood booster when other people complement you.
  10. I chose to be positive. I know this is so cliche, but seriously, there’s something good in everything! I repeat this phrase written by the famous Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “The happiness of your life, depends on the quality of your thoughts”. So be positive!

Share with me, what does happiness look to you? And more important, do you consider yourself a happy person?

Quote to remember:

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need”

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome (and happy!) week ahead!

XO,
 
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Hola! Feliz Lunes!

Esta semana quise escribir un post acerca de la felicidad. En el post de mis resoluciones para el 2017hable de lo que es para mi el éxito y como de ahora en adelante mi concepto de éxito esta directamente relacionado mi nivel de felicidad.

Y que es la felicidad? Todo el mundo habla de eso… Pero que es realmente ser feliz?

Es algo tangible? Es tener dinero? Es un trabajo? Es lo mismo para todo el mundo? Sin duda que no. De hecho, es un concepto tan subjetivo que es bien difícil de definir. Para mi ser feliz es un estado de animo; mas que un destino, es un viaje. Es aprender a ser agradecido por las cosas que tienes mientras trabajas por las cosas que quieres. Siempre estamos pidiendo tener mas y mas cosas, pareciera que nunca nos cansamos de pedir. Pero, te has puesto a pensar que si no aprecias o no sabes agarrar bien lo que tienes en las manos, no sabrías como manejar si de repente tienes mas? Lo dejarías caer por falta de espacio.

“El momento en que empiezas a entender que la felicidad no tiene nada que ver con tu circunstancia actual, si no que tiene todo que ver con tu habilidad de aceptar y entender las experiencias que te toca vivir, allí es cuando todo empieza a cambiar”

A veces tenemos malos dias, eso nos pasa a todos. Pero la mayoría de las veces esos “días malos” solo fueron cinco minutos malos (a veces menos) que arrastramos por un día entero (y a veces mas). Peor aun, dejamos que esos “días malos” se acumulen y comenzamos  creer que nuestras vidas son malas. Yo he estado allí, se que eso pasa. Por eso con el tiempo he aprendido a atacar esos momentos pequeños enseguida que pasan y así evito arrastrarlos por días enteros.

Eso fue en parte lo que me inspiro a escribir este post. Me tome el tiempo de escribir una pequeña lista de 10 cosas que espero los ayude a ser felices con las cosas pequeñas que pasan todos los días. De estas diez cosas trato de hacer al menos cinco diariamente, aquí les van:

  1. Sonrío, incluso si tengo que fingirla. Sonreír es tan fácil y es gratis! Sonriele a un extraño, a veces cuando te devuelve el gesto te das cuenta de que eso era todo lo que necesitabas.
  2. Llevo un diario de las cosas por las que me siento agradecida. Esto no tiene que ser nada profundo ni filosófico, simplemente con estar agradecido por las cosas simples basta.
  3. Leo algo que me inspire. Seria ideal una biografía de alguien como el Dalai Lama o la Madre Teresa, pero a veces con leer un quote que te oblique a pensar es suficiente.
  4. Miro hacia arriba. A veces levantar la mirada te da otra perspectiva. A mi me gusta mirar hacia arriba porque me recuerda que hay algo mas grande, que hay alguien allí arriba que ve las cosas que yo no puedo ver y entiende las cosas que yo no puedo entender. Así que mira hacia arriba y sigue avanzando.
  5. Le digo algo lindo a un extraño. Hay tanta gente que va por la vida sin que nadie las note. Decirle a alguien algo honesto y amable le puede cambiar el día a una persona, y puede alegrar el tuyo también.
  6. Le doy los buenos días y las gracias al chofer del tren. Sabias que aquí en USA este tipo de empleados tienen la tasa mas alta de depresión y por ende, suicidio? La gente ni los mira, y a veces los que los miran los tratan mal. A mi me encanta saludar y despedirme de ellos, me alegra el día y se que a ellos también. Siempre te llevan a salvo a casa, nunca des eso por sentado.
  7. Llamo o escribo a alguien que amo. Es fácil perderse en la rutina. Todos tenemos vidas ocupadas y lo cierto es que es fácil perder contacto con personas que deberíamos tener contacto. Enviarle un mensaje o llamar a un viejo amigo, hermano, primo, familiar, etc. se puede convertir en una conversación llena de buenos recuerdos y felicidad.
  8. Tengo un pequena charla conmigo misma todas las mañanas. No mas de treinta segundos, solo me gusta afirmar que va a ser un buen día y que todo va a salir bien. Pase demasiado tiempo de mi vida sintiéndome culpable y criticándome a mi misma hasta que un día dije: ya! Como decides empezar tu día, generalmente determina como lo vas a terminar, así que es mejor decidir desde bien temprano que vas a tener un día bueno.
  9. Me visto bien. Esto lo he hecho toda mi vida. No se si es porque me gusta la moda o porque me gusta verme bien, pero esto siempre me ha ayudado, especialmente cuando me siento mal. Ademas no hace daño cuando alguien te dice algo lindo acerca de ti o algo que cargas puesto.
  10. Escojo ser positiva. Esta es un poco cliche y es lo que dice todo el mundo, pero de verdad ver el lado bueno de las cosas ayuda bastante. Siempre que se me hace difícil encontrar el lado bueno de algo, recuerdo esta frase del famoso emperador romano Marco Aurelio; “La felicidad de tu vida, depende de la calidad de tus pensamientos” así que escoge siempre tener pensamientos positivos!

Dejame saber, que es para ti la felicidad? Y mas importante, te consideras una persona feliz?

Frase para recordar esta semana:

“Cuando amas lo que tienes, tienes todo lo que necesitas”

Gracias por visitar el blog y que tengas una exitosa (y feliz!) semana,

Un abrazo!

XO,
 
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  • yoyo
    Reply

    What a nice dress,maybe next time ,you can try Robes d’été this website.last month,i bought a dress the same to you,the quality is very good and the price is very low!!

  • Elena de Conjuntados.com
    Reply

    ¡Qué look tan ideal, me encanta!
    https://www.conjuntados.com

  • Olga Gruzina
    Reply

    It’s a good advice to those who thinks unpositevly!
    And I agee with all you mention! Let’s stay positive and happy!

  • Dom
    Reply

    Are we twins? I Am so happy I read this today. Everything you listed above is basically what I do to help myself get through the day. I know I already said this earlier, but I truly love the way you write dear. Such a fantastic post. Thank you for that.
    All my love,
    Dom

  • Genesis Joly
    Reply

    Love this. Quiero leer mas y maaaaaas about this theme!!

  • Gail
    Reply

    First let me say, I love your outfit. Those denims are amazing and you are the cutest in that hat! Second, your smile is absolutely infectious – I found myself smiling right along with you. Third, thank you so much for this awesome post. There was a point when I had a note with positive messages taped on my bathroom wall that I would repeat to myself every morning. I still repeat positive things in the morning but sometimes I do forget. So, because of this post, I’m going to put those messages back on the wall. You are a ray of light my dear. Thank you!

  • Darya
    Reply

    Great look dear ! Love your hat <3 xoxo Darya http://www.thebloomingbouquetstyle.com

  • Jen
    Reply

    I really love all your tips and suggestions! It’s really the simple things in life that can make us happy, mostly our attitude. 🙂 I need to smile more this year and always rely on Him who is so faithful to us!

  • marcy
    Reply

    Such a beautiful post babe!!! Really enjoyed reading this article and the tips that you practice daily happiness. Love your outfit and pictures

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • Isha's verdict
    Reply

    I enjoyed this post and your tips are a great reminder of the importance of working on being happy very single day! I make it a point to ‘wake up happy’ as well and remind myself to look at the glass as half full versus half empty every day. fashion blogging makes me really happy as well:)!

  • Vanessa
    Reply

    You truly are beautiful inside and out! I love your outlook on life and it definitely shows! I love to smile all the time too and completing other does go a long way indeed! Such a sweet post, dear! Hope to see you soon!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

  • Jane
    Reply

    Love these wonderful tips that you shared! You look fabulous!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    Reply

    Dear Aimara, this is exactly what I needed to read today. All these (if I have to choose a favorite, it’s number 4) I practice every day and it makes me a better person both inside and out. Never underestimate a smile, a friendly hello or a nice gesture. Why I needed it just today is because I haven’t been as good at following my own (and your) advice today as I’ve been a bit down, probably due to lack of sleep, but reading this made me appreciate what I have in life and made me smile big time again. Honestly I’m sitting here smiling, sweetie! 🙂 Thank you so much!
    xoxo

    Thomas
    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  • Neisha
    Reply

    thanks for sharing ☺️…I also have a routine to keep me positive and motivated.

  • Keyma
    Reply

    I absolutely love your list of things you do to make you happy. It’s amazing that they are free and easy things to do. It goes to show how out minds are powerful and we make of it what we want. Your choices are great.

  • Morgan Ryan
    Reply

    It’s amazing how simply putting on a smile and a great outfit can uplift your mood!

    Xx,
    M

  • pia
    Reply

    these tips are awesome for a more happy life!
    Fash ‘n’ fudge
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  • Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    Reply

    Thank you for the tips! Going into 2017, there are definitely a few things I need to plan out but I never thought about my happiness.

  • Lesley
    Reply

    And you are the cute! I also feel like dressing up can change your whole mood! It’s such a confidence builder! You look amazing!!!

    http://www.lesleyandeve.com

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