We all want to achieve happiness, but bad habits can prevent us from getting there. Quitting a bad habit can increase your chances of happiness because you are creating space for good habits to form and ridding yourself of those that are dragging you down. Bad habits keep you unhappy, keep you stuck and make you do things you don't want to do. Start eliminating bad habits right now in order to achieve happiness.

1. Overlooking Everything You Have

Life is all about gratitude which can leave a positive imprint in your life if you practice it daily. Being thankful changes your mentality; it leads you away from thinking about what you don’t have and shifts it to realizing the amazing life that you do have. Gratitude reduces stress and helps you to become more resilient and caring. No matter how successful you are in business, unless you take time everyday to count your blessings you will never feel like you have enough.

2. Not Living in the Now

If your consciousness is not devoted to the now, you’re likely to miss important opportunities that are right in front of you. You must live in the present in order to remain engaged with life as it is and not let good things pass you by. By dwelling on the past, you may not be able to move on from unresolved issues. Focusing solely on the future can signal anxiety about things to come and your ability to handle it. Train your mind to focus on the present moment instead of worrying about things that are out of your control.

3. Trying to Control What You Can’t

Dear control freaks everywhere—you can only control life so much. Yes, it is discouraging when plans don’t go your way, but sometimes it’s best they don’t. You can spend all your time and energy trying to corral the world around you, but it likely won’t go your way. In order to achieve happiness, you have to learn to stop controlling what you can’t.

Our desire to control things can sometimes be because of anxiety or fear of the unknown. Don’t fight what the universe wants because you’ll never win. Instead, allow life to happen as it will. Learn to love the freedom that comes with being at ease with whatever decides to happen.

4. Being Around Negative People

Negative people and bad relationships can, of course, affect you negatively. Negative people suck the joy from others’ lives. If you’re around them too often, you may begin to see the world negatively as well.

Bad relationships are common, and you may not be able to point out a toxic person until it’s too late. Be cautious of those who negate your opinions, only turn up when they need something or don’t respect your boundaries. These are the types of people who don’t know how to have a healthy relationship with others. Be assertive, demand kindness and respect (but also give it) and know what you want.

5. Being Too Hard on Yourself

No one is perfect! If you make a mistake, or if you fail, stand back up and pick out the positives from your experience. Constantly beating yourself up or putting yourself down isn’t going to help you or motivate you. Negativity toward yourself will only hurt you and prevent you from achieving happiness.

Try taking a deep, introspective look at why you’re so hard on yourself. Try saying three positive affirmations about yourself everyday, and you may notice your spirit getting a little brighter. Always be kind to yourself as well as others because that will take you on the road to true happiness.