Happiness is different for different people, sometimes it can feel hard to keep up a happy state of mind. However, true happiness and living a happier life are possible and within reach through little change to our habits.
The following tips will help you to feel good always and boost your mood:
Act your way into happiness:
Many people make the decision to be happier but end up not being happy. It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting. You may say to yourself you are going to learn how to swim, you can read all the books, watch all the videos, or even buy yourself a swimming suit, this will not make you a swimmer until you consciously take the step to start swimming. Telling yourself you are going to be happy won’t work until you take actions that will lead to your happiness.
2. Give yourself a daily therapeutic smile:
A smile is a conjugate part of happiness, smiling causes the brain to release dopamine which makes us happier. Smiling whether intentionally or unintentionally, makes us feel better. So starting each day with a smile is a great way to boost your happiness. A genuine smile will not only make you happy but also makes those around you happier as well.
3. Spend more time with happy people, and helping other people:
Happiness is contagious, the more time you spend with positive people, the happier you’ll feel. Helping other people although it might seem counter-intuitive, giving, sharing, and helping other people is one of the great ways to boost your mood and improve the way that you feel.
4. Notice the perfect even in the imperfect and learn to forgive:
Forgiveness is a gift to yourself, not a release of guilt to the offender. It has a calming effect on stress levels, this will improve our health and happiness. When our heart becomes bitter, we live life wounded and see every interaction through the lens of pain.
5. Get some exercise and sufficient sleep:
Apart from bodily benefits, exercise helps to reduce stress, and feelings of anxiety, while boosting self-esteem and happiness. Sleep is an integral part of happiness. Society today seems to be in a rush, and sleep time is on the decline. An average of 7 to 8 hours of night sleep is needed for optimal body function and happiness.
6. Make peace with unpredictability and give yourself the permission to disappoint others:
Life is so much unpredictable that the only thing that can be successfully predicted is the unpredictability of life. And disappointing others is just a fact of life, you cannot please everyone and still retain your happiness. You must realize that people will disappoint you, this knowledge will reduce our unrealistic expectations, ultimately making us happier people.
7. Focus on how far you have come:
We tend to be constantly weighed down by how much work is needed to be done, or how far away we are from the goal. We need to remind ourselves to celebrate how far we have come. Taking time to celebrate our progressive baby steps, keeps us feeling accomplished and not overwhelmed.
In conclusion, happiness is a gift from life, seek to protect it daily. Mere reading on the easy ways to being intentionally happy won’t make you happy but taking action on one thing at a time will. Changing your life isn’t done overnight, act your way into happiness through conscious little steps.