Habits of Happy Women

11 Must-Read Habits of Happy Women

habits of happy women

Signs of a Happy Woman

Let’s talk about some habits of happy women. But first…

Let’s talk about what these habits do not entail.

Women frolicking through fields with giant smiles plastered on their faces.

Women never experiencing an emotion perceived as negative. (anger, frustration, jealousy, sadness)

Happy women are not these massive beacons of light every second of the day. How daunting (and unrealistic) would that be? The pressure! Yikes.

There are, however, some common habits that happy women try to incorporate into their lives. Our lives are made up of habits after all. So the overall vibe of our lives has a lot to do with the habits we put into place and practice regularly. 

This list isn’t the end all be all to life. Your life is not riding on how well you perform each of these ideas.

Think of it more as a way to take a deeper look into your life and your habits to see where some shifts or tweaks could benefit you.

One more thing…

We don’t have to have it all figured out by next Thursday. It’s so easy to get stuck in this loop of fixing things or figuring something out by a certain date on the calendar. 

While I believe there is a time and place for deadlines, habits and happiness in your life are not really the time for that.

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Here Are 11 Seriously Helpful Habits of Happy Women

1) They Prioritize Themselves

This is so much easier said than done.

But I think more and more women are practicing taking better care of themselves.

They are striving to fight the urge to place themselves at the bottom of the priority list. 

We could all name a plethora of reasons as to why we don’t properly prioritize ourselves or why we feel it is selfish to prioritize ourselves.

 But when we strip it all down, we know that taking care of ourselves benefits us (of course) and everyone around us. 

This is not a one-and-done choice. Reminders will be necessary often. You could even take it a step further and write out the benefits of prioritizing and taking care of yourself. (I love any reason to bust out a cute notebook)

This way you have a physical reminder you can reflect back on. 

2) Practice Gratitude

With everything we have available to us these days, this idea has become more and more prevalent. 

We have a bird’s-eye view into so many other people’s lives. (many of them strangers)

So many opportunities to compare our lives. (more on comparing later)

This adds a new level of difficulty to appreciating our lives.

Gratitude is as simple as taking a few moments each day to acknowledge something good. Acknowledge what we have.

We see what we are looking for. Why not put in a little extra effort to notice some positives? 

Here’s a simple gratitude journal to get started with this. 

3) Set Boundaries

Being able to say no or pass on something is such an underrated skill. 

So many of us grew up with the idea of being nice pounded into our heads. But being nice didn’t come with a detailed instruction manual.

Being nice became about ensuring everyone else was pleased with our behavior and responses to situations. This way of living can become the norm and the natural way things happen.

We know this doesn’t serve us well in life. 

No is not a bad word. And you don’t need to justify or explain your decisions. Saying no and setting boundaries in no way means you are not a kind and decent person. 

It simply means you value your feelings as well. 

This book is a game changer when it comes to setting boundaries and how doing so will impact your life. (I have read this book multiple times!)

4) Being Present

You sort of have to be present to truly enjoy your life.

Just like prioritizing, this is so much easier said than done. (most things are)

The world we live in is overflowing with distractions. Many of which are connected to technology. 

Think about how many people you see on their phones when you go to a restaurant. Or to the park. The store. Anywhere really.

This is not to bash technology. Not at all.

The key is to make sure we are playing an active and present role in our actual lives. Not the life happening on a screen.

5) Personal Growth

OK, this might be my favorite habit on this list.

Growth and learning in any capacity are so good for us. This idea especially rang true for me when I had children. 

It opened my eyes to so many things I wanted to improve on. 

One of the best things anyone can be in life is curious. And also open-minded. Willing to hear and consider different perspectives. 

These personal growth books are my favorites at the moment. 

6) Celebrate

Happy people celebrate themselves. Giving yourself a pat on the back is not a bad thing. 

We don’t have to or need to make ourselves and our accomplishments smaller. 

How easily will we praise others? Show we are proud of others. Do we do the same for ourselves? And if we do it, do we feel we have to be careful so it doesn’t come across as braggy?

Celebrate yourself! There’s so much value in that. 

7) Make Time for Joy (it’s not always about being productive)

It’s crucial to break free from the mindset that we should be “on” at all times. This idea that if there’s something to do then we should be doing it.

But here’s the thing…

For a majority of us, there will always be something to do. We are not machines. Our worth is not based on how well we are performing. 

There are no right or wrong answers here.

If something brings you joy, then it qualifies as important and worthy of your time. 

Don’t underestimate the power of smiling or laughing. Enjoying yourself is not something to be dismissed or devalued.

8) Set Goals

Think of goals as metaphorical fuel that keeps us moving.

And this is not to say that you need a mile-long goals list in order to be happy. 

It’s more about a small and consistent momentum. Doable and practical goals are the way to go.

Here’s a more in-depth look at goal setting.

9) Enjoy The Ride

Change is a part of life. We change. Our relationships change. Circumstances change. 

One thing I used to spend so much energy on was focusing on an endpoint. Not really in terms of goals achieved but more in not enjoying life until I reached a certain point. 

There are many issues with that way of thinking. A huge issue is that you can miss the bulk of your life this way. Always chasing what you think you need to have or waiting to enjoy life until you get to a certain point. 

Life is happening right now. Give yourself permission to enjoy it right here and now. Flawed and all.

10) Try Not To Compare

Comparison. One word that embodies so much baggage. 

We don’t just wake up one morning and make the choice to never compare again. It doesn’t work like that. 

However, comparing can easily gain a scary amount of control over us if we don’t work on it. 

Here are some tips all about comparing.

11) Watch Their Social Circle

In our early (and tricky) years of developing friendships, we are navigating and learning this new realm.

We have to learn what a good friend is. We have to gain experience to understand what a healthy friendship entails. 

It matters who we spend time with.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you cut everyone off if they are not chipper and positive all the time. It’s more about thinking of the way the people you spend time with make you feel overall.

This can go for social media as well.

If someone consistently makes you feel bad about yourself or your life then it may be time to limit how much time is spent with that person. (in real life or through a screen)

Any habit you can link to adding joy or peace to your life is a winner. 

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives.

They are what carry and guide us through our days. The good days and bad days. The amazing days and exhausting days. 

Are we all going to become people who practice awesome habits every second of our lives? Not likely. 

We are humans after all. 

Even so, it can be pretty cool when we develop habits that help us to love, enjoy, and appreciate our lives. 

Have any habits of happy women you would add to this list?

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