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Unlocking happiness: 8 challenging habits worth mastering

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Author: Daria Shekina

Morning habits can significantly change the day. Certain habits are difficult to adopt, but they can greatly increase the happiness quotient, according to the Hackspirit website.

Wake up earlier

Waking up earlier may be difficult at first, but it's a habit that can significantly improve your happiness. You can start your day without rushing.

Research also shows that people are generally happier in the morning.

So try setting your alarm a little earlier tomorrow. Initially, it may be tough, but like any habit, it gets easier with time.

Gratitude journal

Psychologists suggest sitting down with your journal before the chaos of the day begins and listing three things you're grateful for.

At first, it may be challenging to figure out what to be grateful for. But over time, this habit will shift your perspective. Instead of focusing on what's wrong or lacking, be thankful for what you already have.

Incorporate physical activity

This doesn't necessarily mean you have to do a full workout in the morning. Even a short walk can make a big difference.

Physical activity, especially in the morning, releases endorphins - natural mood-boosting chemicals in the body. These chemicals induce positive feelings.

Starting your day with a natural boost, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle anything.

Eat a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

A healthy breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps you stay alert and focused throughout the day. Skipping breakfast or eating something quick but unhealthy can leave you feeling sluggish and prone to overeating later in the day.

Plan your day

Starting the day with a clear plan can significantly reduce stress.

Take a few minutes each morning to jot down your tasks for the day. Prioritize them based on importance and urgency. Having a visual plan for the day helps manage your time better.

But remember, planning doesn't mean filling every minute of the day with tasks. It's equally important to schedule breaks.

Connect with loved ones

In the hustle of our daily lives, we often forget to connect with people.

It could be a quick text to a friend, a brief call to your parents, or warm hugs with your partner.

These small moments of connection can bring immense joy and start your day on a positive note.

Limit screen time

As soon as we wake up, many of us reach for our phones.

Instead, use this time to focus on yourself - practice gratitude or take a stroll.


Meditation is gaining popularity for good reason. This ancient practice reduces stress, increases concentration, and promotes feelings of calm and well-being.

Even a few minutes of focused breathing or peaceful reflection can make a difference.

Earlier, we reported on 5 phrases happy people use every day.