How Being Present Can Increase Your Happiness

With all the push for constant activity, it’s too easy to become overwhelmed by worries about the future or regrets about the past. But did you know that focusing on being present in the moment will automatically make you feel happier and more content in all areas of your life?

When you’re more present, it’s easier to…  

Fully Engage in Activities and Experiences

When spending time with a loved one, put away your phone and be fully present with them. You’ll strengthen your relationship and feel more satisfied with the time you spend together.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

When you feel overwhelmed or stressed, breathing mindfully will enable you to feel more in control. Just take some deep breaths while focusing on your surroundings to ground yourself. This will help you become more present and focused on what you’re doing right now. 

Cultivate Deeper Relationships

When you’re with someone, give them your full attention, listen actively, and engage with them. You’ll build trust, understanding, and a deeper connection when you are genuinely participating in the relationship. 

Promote Self-Awareness and Self-Reflection

Reflect on your thoughts and how you feel about those thoughts. Plus, be mindful of your actions. This will help you identify areas for growth and improvement so you can make positive changes in your life where needed. When folks say, “actions speak louder than words,” it rings true as your actions speak volumes about who you are. 

Improve Communication Skills

Practice active listening. Really listening to what someone else is trying to say to you demands giving them your full attention. Plus, it requires you to ask questions and paraphrase what they say, to demonstrate your understanding and enable them to help you if you misunderstand. 

Nurture Gratitude

Take time each day to appreciate life’s simple pleasures. There is often a beautiful sunset to enjoy, but when not, you can always make and enjoy a warm beverage. Intentionally doing things to lift your spirits so that you can feel thankful cultivates a more positive outlook and greater contentment.

Increase Life Satisfaction 

Appreciating what you have allows you to experience greater joy, fulfillment, and meaning. It all starts with focusing on what’s happening right now, not yesterday or tomorrow. 

Appreciate the World’s Beauty and Wonder

Purposefully notice the small details in your environment. Notice the colors of the leaves, the feel of the fresh breeze on your face, and the sound of birds singing. You’ll feel more connected to the world and it will inspire awe and wonder in you, bringing more happiness to your life. 

Boost Creativity and Inspiration

When fully engaged in an activity or experience, you’re more likely to have new ideas and insights. Embrace your creativity by trying new things, exploring new places, and being mindful and reflective.

Develop Resilience

Focusing on the present keeps you grounded and centered in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. It allows you to bounce back from adversity and build greater resilience.

The key to a more fulfilling and happier existence might be living a simpler life and focusing on being present in every moment as you live it. It’s as simple as focusing on today instead of what has passed and what might happen. The verifiable truth is that when you take care of today, you also take care of tomorrow – so there is no doubt that focusing on being present right now is the best way to love your future.

Hi Beautiful! I’m Jilanne, the founder of Soulful Planner, and I believe you are the expert of your own life. Deep down, you know what your hopes and dreams are, you just need a little bit of help to create an achievable action plan to make it happen.

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