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Happy Hacks: How to Cultivate “Ibyishimo” on a daily

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It might be a bit cliche for someone to say that you can actually learn to stay happy everyday. Because the reality is a bit complicated for someone to remain happy and fulfilled during a whole day.

Simple scenario; you wake up early as planned, get ready, go to work, get to work on time, and then you remember you just forgot your machine charger at home. Will you still be upbeat and positive? I doubt it. You’ll start wondering how you possibly forgot the charger on your bed, and torment yourself with how horrible you are. The happiness has clearly faded, and that’s fine.

Life, as they say, is unpredictable, and so is our happiness. However, here are some hacks you can use to re boost your energy and eventually bring back joy and happiness in your life.

Express Gratitude

In our Rwandan culture, expressing gratitude is an important part of daily life and can switch your mood to a positive one in a blink of an eye. Whether it’s saying thank you to a neighbor or expressing appreciation for a good meal, taking time to acknowledge the good things in your life can help you cultivate a sense of joy and fulfillment.

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Expressing gratitude is a positive energy that can brighten your mood

Connect with Nature

Rwanda is known for its beautiful landscape, from the rolling hills to the green rainforests. Spending time in nature can help you feel more grounded and connected to the world around you. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park or hiking in the mountains, immersing yourself in nature can be a great way to find joy and peace.

Incorporating time in nature into your daily routine can be as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood or spending some time in a nearby park. By doing so, you can help reduce stress, improve mental health, and create a sense of calm and serenity. So, whether it’s a weekend excursion or a daily walk in the park, make sure to take some time to connect with the natural world around you.

Nature has a way to make us feel alive

Embrace the “Ubuntu” Philosophy

Ubuntu is a Bantu philosophy that emphasizes the interconnectedness of all people. In Rwanda, this philosophy is deeply ingrained in the culture and society. Embracing Ubuntu can help you focus on building positive relationships with others and fostering a sense of community

In the spirit of Ubuntu, Rwandans often greet each other with warmth and kindness. Taking the time to connect with others in your community, whether it’s through a friendly conversation or a small act of kindness, can help you feel more connected and supported.

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Cultivate relationships that only bring you in a positive mood

Take part of community service

As we know, Rwanda has umuganda every once in a month. Umuganda is a community service where everyone in the community comes together to work on a common project. This practice not only helps to improve the community, but it also creates a sense of unity and purpose among its members. Participating in Umuganda can help you feel a sense of belonging and fulfillment.

People gather in their communities to work on various projects, such as cleaning up the streets or building a new community center. By participating in Umuganda, you can connect with your neighbors and contribute to the betterment of your community.

Be part of the community

In the end, connecting with nature, or practicing ubuntu, or participating in community services is not just about finding joy and peace in the external world. It’s also about realizing that you have the power to shape your own experiences and perceptions.

By cultivating a mindset of gratitude and positivity, you can find joy and fulfillment even in the most challenging of circumstances. So, let’s take a step back from our screens and immerse ourselves in the natural wonders of the Earth. Let’s appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, and cultivate a sense of joy and wonder that will carry us through our daily lives. It all starts from within, and with the right mindset, we can all find joy and fulfillment in the world around us.

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