How to feel happy
How to feel happy
It's no secret that we all want to be happy. But what does that actually mean? And how can we achieve it? Luckily, there are some things you can do to get closer to happiness. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Identify your top values and make sure you're living in alignment with them
Identifying our top values is an incredibly important part of self-reflection and personal wellbeing. When we are living in alignment with the values that make up our core beliefs, life flows more easily - and if not, it’s often because our actions may be contradictory to what we find most important. Being aware of our values is a form of self-awareness that holds immense power. We must mindfully watch how we're living on both a micro and macro level so that our decisions reflect what really matters deep down. Doing this work can lead to much greater satisfaction, balance, and joy in life. The best way to really get to the core of finding your true top values is to sit or lie in stillness and meditate. You may be surprised what comes up for you.
Find things to be grateful for every day, no matter how small
Developing a gratitude practice can be a great way to make sure we recognise the small joys in our lives on a daily basis. Taking the time to pause and appreciate both the material and intangible things we are blessed with creates perspective and opens us up to more possibilities in life. Through gratitude, we can realise that even during difficult times, there are still reasons to be thankful. Even the smallest of wins can bring us appreciation, wonder and content. A gratitude practice will begin to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness; one that not only allows you to find things to be grateful for every day, but also leads you on a path of joy and growth.
Spend time with people who make you feel good
Everyone needs time to take a break from the world and improve their wellbeing, and one of the best ways to do so is by spending it with people who make you feel good. Spending time around those who lift you up can increase your mood and improve your overall outlook on life. With these positive influences in your life, you can become more energised and inspired to accomplish goals both big and small. Furthermore, surrounding yourself with people who have similar interests as you can help you better understand yourself and work towards personal growth. Ultimately, being around friends or family who appreciate you for who you are is a surefire way to improve morale and take time for yourself. It might be time to check your inner circle and if people are draining your energy, rather than raising your vibrations, it might be time for some distance for your own mental wellbeing.
Do something nice for someone else
Doing something nice for someone else can improve both your wellbeing and that of the other person. It could be a simple act, like helping a neighbour carry their groceries in or writing a kind note or even actively thinking a kind thought about someone, but even small acts can improve our sense of connection and happiness. Taking some time to look at the world from someone else's perspective encourages us to show kindness to those around us and lifts our spirits while lifting theirs too. So go out and do something nice for someone else - you might just improve two lives!
Get moving - exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy
We all strive for happiness in life, but it's not always easy to feel joyous. With the amount of constant stress and duties we must face on a daily basis, feeling content requires effort. One of the most effective ways to feel better is to get moving and exercise! When physical activity is part of a regular routine, endorphins naturally start releasing from the body. This biochemical reaction produces a natural high that helps make us feel happy. Try exercising at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes or more and feel the immediate results! There's no better way to get our minds and bodies in top shape than by adding physical exercise into our lives. You don't have to be a member of a gym either, just a long walk or home online workout is enough. Moving your body also helps relieve anxiety, which we all know is a happiness killer.
Make time for things you enjoy, even if it's just a few minutes each day
Finding happiness in life can be a challenge, especially when you're juggling a busy schedule. Taking even just five minutes out of each day to do something that brings you joy can have profound effects on your happiness and well-being. Whether it's listening to music, enjoying nature, making art, a skincare routine or doing yoga, taking the time to enjoy something you love will help you feel recharged and ready to take on whatever comes next. Don't be afraid to prioritise happiness - your mental health is worth it!
If you're not feeling as happy as you'd like, there are things you can do to change that. Start by identifying your top values and making sure you're living in alignment with them. Make a point of finding things to be grateful for every day, no matter how small. Spend time with people who make you feel good, and do something nice for someone else. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy, so make time for it every day - even if it's just a few minutes. And finally, make sure to take some time each day to enjoy doing something you love - reading, playing an instrument, hiking outdoors - whatever brings a smile to your face.
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This week, what is one thing you can do to improve your happiness?