15 Ways to Be Happier

Put Some Pep in Your Step

Scientists say walking tall with swinging arms helps you feel more positive. Ladies, you ever notice when you have on your heels and looking good you seem to walk differently? You walk with more confidence because you’re feeling good about yourself. Even if you’re not feeling happy, a spirited stroll can help you fake it till you make it.

Slap on a Smile

Want to lift your spirits? Lift the corners of your mouth. When you smile like you mean it, you can change your brain’s chemistry and feel happier. Having a good laugh can help lift your spirits as well.

Volunteer

Find ways to get involved in your community or help a friend in need. You’ll help yourself, too. I know whenever I volunteer it allows me to be grateful and feel good about making someone else’s life easier and a little happier. It can also improve your mental health and well-being. Win-win.

Make New Friends

It makes you feel good to spend time with people you care about and who cares about you. However, it is also nice to be open to new relationships. It is so exciting to meet someone new that you automatically click with and feel comfortable being around. Not to mention to be able to learn something new from them. Right now, the pandemic can make it a bit challenging to meet new people, but we will get back to normal at some point which you will be able to meet people at the office, gym, church, or through a friend. However, as you meet new people don’t forget to maintain those lifelong connections you currently have, too.

Count Your Blessings

Buy yourself a notebook and use it as a gratitude book to write down everything that’s good in your life and the things and people you are grateful for. When you try to look on the bright side, it helps you stay focused on the positive.

Break a Sweat

It can take as little as 5 minutes for exercise to put you in a better mood. Moving your body also has good long-term effects: Regular exercise helps keep depression at bay.

Forgive and Forget

Are you holding a grudge? Let it go. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room in your life for inner peace. And that brings you happiness.

Practice Mindfulness

Meditate for an hour a week. It’ll give you a dose of joy, peace, and contentment. It’ll also create new pathways in your brain to make it easier for you to feel joy. 

Turn on Some Tunes

There is a song for every emotion felt, which is why music can have a powerful effect on your emotions. Pick your favorite upbeat music mix and get into the groove. You’ll get a real feel-good vibe.

Get the ZZZs You Need

Most adults need 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night to stay in a good mood. You’re more likely to be happy when you get enough shut eye.

Remember Your “Why”

When you have a sense of purpose — why you work, exercise, or do something good for someone else — it gives your life meaning.  In the hurry of a busy day, it’s easy to lose sight of that. So, take a moment to bring it to mind. Happiness is about more than momentary pleasure. It’s also in the satisfaction of pursuing your goals. 

Challenge Your Inner Critic

You know that inner voice that loves to point out everything that isn’t so great? Try to notice when it takes control of your mood. Sometimes it has a good point and is letting you know about something that needs your attention.  But other times, it’s wrong, or it makes things seem worse than they are. Ask yourself, “Is this true?” When the occurs squash that inner critic.

Tackle Your Goals

Ask yourself if they are realistic and within your reach now — or at least, things that you can start to work toward. Then get specific about what the goal is — not “to work out more” but “to walk 30 minutes a day, three times this week,” or “I’ll have a salad for lunch twice this week.”  Write it down and reward yourself for every step you take toward that goal!  

Seek Positive People

 “Emotions are contagious,” as the saying goes. So, you want people in your life who are confident, upbeat, and healthy. You’ll probably find that it rubs off on you, leaving you feeling better. And then you can pass that on, too.

Ask a Pro

If you feel a lot less happy than you used to, even after you try the tips on this list, it’s time to call an expert. Book a session with a counselor to talk about how you feel. If depression is the reason you’re down, there are treatments. Even if you’re not depressed, you might learn some helpful things about yourself and your challenges — and end up feeling better than you thought you could.

Photos by: Dan Meyers, and Anna Earl @ Unsplash.com, WebMD.com, #gethappy, #staypositive, #iamhopeful, #countyourblessings

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