20 WAYS TO BE HAPPIER
Everyone likes to feel happy but it’s easier said than done. We all have ups and downs and some days are better than others. If you’re feeling down, unsettled, in need of some ideas to perk you up or just want to have a fresh perspective on your day, check out this post on 20 ways to be happier!
20 WAYS TO BE HAPPIER
Here are 20 ways to be happier. They’re simple, realistic and won’t cost much, if anything!
#1 Write a gratitude list – It’s difficult to feel down when you spend a moment appreciating how lucky you are! Check out this post on how to write a gratitude list.
#2 Journal – I love writing a diary or journaling because I love words and the power they give to the thoughts and actions that follow them. I love how I get clarity when I can see my jumbled thoughts take shape on paper. It helps me know what I’m really thinking and what, if anything, I need to do about it. Journalling is definitely a way of encouraging positive vibes when you’re feeling down for any reason.
#3 Go for a walk – Get some fresh air, give your body some exercise and notice the world around you and how beautiful it is. It doesn’t cost anything and walking is good for your body as well as your mind!
#4 Go for a cup of coffee and people watch – There’s a lot of people out there making their way in the world and they probably face daily struggles just like you do. Don’t feel isolated or alone!
#5 Live a life with less – Another plug for the simple life! Living a life with less clutter allows you to focus on the things that are most important to you (and they’re usually ones that make you happier too!). Check out this post on 3 reasons to become minimalist. One of them is because it makes me happier!
#6 Evaluate the biggest stress in your life and find ways to deal with it head on – Chances are that you’re unhappy because you’ve got some stuff going on that stresses you out or makes you feel bad. Find a way to deal with it by doing a brain dump, get clarity over exactly what’s causing you angst and come up with practical, realistic solutions instead of a fog of jumbled negative thoughts and worries.
#7 Tackle the one thing on your To Do list that’s been bugging you – Get it done and out of the way. Goodbye!
#8 Listen to an inspirational podcast – Try pushing aside any negative thoughts for a while and fill your brain with motivating, encouraging and engaging information to make you feel more alive, more positive and, of course, happier!
#9 Do something different – A change is as good as a break! Switch your routines around, forget about the housework for today, order takeaway instead of cooking, head to the park with the kids instead of forcing yourself to hit the gym. Do something on a whim because you can and it makes you happy!
#10 Be proud of yourself – Write down your 5 biggest achievements in life and why you’re proud of them. You see, you ARE amazing. Does that make you feel happier?!
#11 Pay someone a compliment – Make someone else feel good and you’ll often feel better yourself. The joy is in the giving of the gift as much as in receiving it.
#12 Evaluate your life – Take the following areas of your life (family, relationships, home, work, leisure, spiritual, physical, financial, health and fitness), rate them in terms of importance to YOU and mark out of 10 how well you feel they’re going. Take 3 steps to improve the 3 areas which you’ve marked out as most important to you right now.
#13 Practice acceptance – This is where you’re at right now. Life changes and comes in seasons so your today might be different from your tomorrow. Accept what you have right now and appreciate it. You may have a tiny crying baby, but that baby will grow up and won’t need you so much. You might have a demanding job, but on the weekends it enables you to pay for sailing lessons or a break away.
#14 Stop chasing dreams – Have you seen the image of the dog sitting next to the man and the caption across the top asking who’s happier – the dog or the man? The dog is thinking about being right there with his owner, yet the man is thinking about a new car, a bigger house, more money. It’s one of the most impactful images I’ve come across that teaches us to stop chasing dreams and to live in the moment instead.
#15 Seek support – If feeling happy constantly evades you, find a professional who can help you find your way again.
#16 Acknowledge we all have down days – We can’t be happy ALL the time as life throws so much at us. Feeling down helps us learn what we don’t like as much as what we do and this is just as valuable.
#17 Getting out of bed is enough if that’s all you can do today – We don’t have to be doing stuff, achieving things or changing the world every day. You don’t even need to simplify your life every day! It’s enough to just get out of bed if that’s all you can manage. Listen to what you need.
#18 Plan for change – People are a funny mixture. We get frustrated when things don’t change or move along, but we get unsettled when things change too much. Plan for any changes that you’d like to make or you know are coming so that you can be ready and make the most of them when the time is right. You might like this post on 4 focus areas to make real changes in your life for some ideas.
#19 Check out the news – It’s an unusual one to include but it’s a great reminder that we’re not the only ones trying to make it through life. When you’re busy, it’s easy to get tunnel vision, focusing on your own life because there’s so much to do and you forget about the millions of other people that are also living their lives. I find that focusing on things bigger and greater than myself encourages me to look outwards instead of within. It puts my troubles into perspective and makes me realise how lucky I am.
#20 Phone a friend – Chatting and laughing with someone who you trust can lift your heart and spirits. Friends help us talk through our worries, laugh at funny things that have happened to us, build our confidence and give us a kick up the **** when we need it.
FINDING WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Being happy is a wonderful state of mind but unfortunately it’s not always permanent!
Life chucks things in our path to challenge and test us. Yet, even on those days when nothing’s going quite right, I hope these 20 ways to be happier will help you feel a little better. They might not all work for you all the time, but trust yourself, listen to what your body and mind needs and don’t be too hard on yourself!