Trying one or more of these suggestions can open the door to happier times
Do you spend your days running from one to-do list to the next without much time in between to stop and fully appreciate the moment? Is your mind always racing with worry about school, work, loved ones, or world events? Do you want to bring more happiness and joy into your daily life, but feel like you are stuck and spinning with no exit to the road to happiness in sight?
Believe it or not, finding happiness is within reach. There are some small steps you can take right now. If you're ready for a change, try some or all of these techniques to get more happiness flowing in your life.
Take care of you. Your body and mind work best when fueled with good food, adequate sleep, and consistent exercise. And when you're feeling good physically and mentally, it's easier to feel happy.
Try eliminating processed foods and sugar and replacing them with fruits, veggies and honey. Create a relaxation plan leading up to bedtime that includes soothing music, reading, meditating and a warm shower or bath. These may help you sink into a good night's sleep. Try walking or running a few nights each week after work or plan to try a yoga class or hiking on the weekends. There's no better time to start making small changes than today!
Make a gratitude list. Focusing on gratitude during times of struggle and stress can help you feel happy. Start a practice of listing three things you are grateful for each day. It can be small things like your child walking the dog without being asked, meeting a friend for coffee, or finding 10 minutes for a walk in between classes. At the beginning, if you are having trouble finding three things, start with just one. You might be surprised by how many things you will find to be grateful for once you start listing them on a consistent basis!
Focus on the positive. If a negative thought pops into your mind, try to think of a positive one to replace it. Surround yourself with things that you perceive as positive. Make a play list of happy songs that you can listen to in the car. Hang a quote magnet on your refrigerator. Subscribe to receive daily email messages about mindfulness, positivity, and happiness. Hang out with supportive, positive people. Go to places where you feel calm and content. For some that could be a crowded coffee shop; for others a nature walk at a local state park. Find what works best for you.
Limit social media. Sometimes it's hard not to compare ourselves to others by what they are posting on social media. Try to remember that most people are posting the “best of” their lives. If you are getting frustrated or sad because you are thinking your life isn't matching up, it might be a good idea to limit your access by setting a time limit for scrolling through Instagram pictures or your Facebook newsfeed. Unplugging can be freeing!
Other suggestions that can lead to happier times include laughing often, practicing forgiveness for others (and yourself), deleting the word “perfect” from your vocabulary, and focusing on solutions rather than problems.
Making the decision to shift how you think is a great first step. Once you develop your own happiness routine using some of these suggestions, we hope your days will be filled with happier feelings, times, and experiences!
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