6 Ways to Develop a Happier and Mentally Strong Attitude

1. Read Daily
Find time to read every day for at least 15 minutes. I personally find it most enjoyable right before bed instead of social media. Warren Buffett, a billion dollar investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, reads every morning and contributes reading to one of his major keys to success (along with public speaking and investing in yourself). Benefits of reading include:
  • Increases knowledge
  • Enhances one's vocabulary
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves focus and concentration
2. Challenge Yourself/ Be Uncomfortable
Do at least one thing that's uncomfortable to you every day. When you become comfortable, it means you're not challenging yourself enough. It's important to develop a mindset where you continue to push yourself and not stay stagnate. Sometimes this can be difficult, but when you become comfortable, that's when you know something needs to change. Set new goals for yourself. Being uncomfortable with yourself is the best way to grow as a person. Benefits include:
  • Releases dopamine (makes you happy)
  • Improves performance
  • Improves creativity
  • You learn about yourself
3. Exercise
We all know that exercising is good for you, but do you know reasons as to why? Exercise is important mentally because it boosts your self-esteem. The chemicals released in your body when you exercise helps you feel good. At the end of the day, that's important. Simply walking 20 minutes a day is a great start and has a plethora of benefits. Such as:
  • Releases body chemicals (Improves mood)
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves sexual health
4. Gratitude Journal
Writing down what you're grateful for every morning and jotting down your thoughts has many proven health benefits. Expressing gratitude in your life and focusing on the things you do have change the way you think about yourself and others. Benefits include:
  • Increases empathy
  • Reduces aggression
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Increases mental strength
5. Meditate
I've personally been meditating for 2 years now and can see a significant difference in my overall well being. The practice of meditation has been used and proven for over hundreds of years. Here are a few reasons as to why:
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Controls anxiety
  • Lengthens attention span
  • Helps reduce memory loss
6. Surround Yourself with Positive People
When you surround yourself with positive people, you begin to develop a positive attitude towards life. There's a popular quote that states, "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." Your environment can shape who you are as a person and when you interact with positive, like-minded people, that influences your thinking.
Bottom Line: The key here is consistency. Changing one's current mindset takes time and practice. Be consistent with your habits and eventually you'll see the change you want.

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