Habits that Make Me Happy; The Joy of Slow Life

Renuka Gavrani
5 min readJun 2

When I look around myself, be it in real life or the digital world, I only feel the rush. The rush to be more, and do more. Perhaps, do 3 things at a time or achieve everything by the age of 21. Life seems to be moving pretty fast that if I don’t take a second to intentionally slow down, I find myself drowning in an ocean.

But then no matter how much I complain about how the world around us is moving fast, the point is what do I do to slow down?

See, it’s easier to ignore what your heart desires when you are busy competing with your external world. And it’s easier to say that ‘I am not happy with my life than actually doing something to make yourself happy.’

I tried to blame the world for moving fast and making me feel tired of running to win the invisible trophy that apparently we all want. But nothing good came out of it. So I decided to slow down and do something to make myself happy every day.

I am in my early 20s. A very important and critical time for anyone. You want to enjoy life and explore beautiful places but you need to work hard and make money to pay your bills. And somewhere in this difference, people of all ages lose their happiness and pick up on complaints and frustration.

Here are a few day-to-day habits that make me happy. Perhaps, my habits can inspire you to start building happy habits for yourself too.

1. Starting My Morning Slow & Mundane:

Okay, I don’t know why there is all this fuss about waking up with excitement and doing yoga, meditation, bathing, making the bed, building a to-do list, and writing a gratitude list all in the morning.

I mean, how are we supposed to do all of this at once and enjoy it at the same time? Am I missing something here?

I tried to do it all because, just like you, I had also watched those YouTube videos on productive morning routine but it didn’t work for me. Within the first hour of waking up, I used to feel like a failure because obviously, I wasn’t able to do it all let alone enjoy it.

It took me a long time to realize that your morning routine should sink with your nature. If you are an excited kind of person, maybe you can start your…

Renuka Gavrani

Ghostwriter, open for projects. I talk about slow & Intentional living - taking you closer to your dream life. I wrote a book too, here: https://a.co/d/531JIFq