Seven ways to add more happiness to your life
In a perfect world, we would experience happiness all the time. But unfortunately, ruts happen, which can make it harder to be positive. It can be easy to get trapped in an everyday routine that seems monotonous….and joyless. But sometimes all it takes is a change or two to help turn your mood around! Just try one of these seven tips to add a little more happiness to your day:
1.) Get a pet. Not only do pets provide a source of comfort, studies have shown they can even help lower your stress and reduce depression. Playing with a furry friend increases your levels of serotonin and dopamine, feel good chemicals that can make you happier. Pet owners have also reported higher levels of self-esteem and empathy.
2.) Surround yourself with happy people. Happiness is contagious! Did you know those who associate themselves with cheerful people often have an overall happier demeanor? People’s attitudes and moods can influence your own. If there’s somebody around you who is overly negative, simply change the conversation to something motivating and optimistic. You may even wish to avoid them.
3.) Find your passion. Discovering what you’re passionate about gives you fulfillment and satisfaction—it’s a sign you’re making the right choices and are on the right path. When you find your passion, you become invested into doing the things you truly want to accomplish. This can create a positive outlook and add happiness to your life.
4.) Write a gratitude list every day. Every day, take a few minutes to write down what you’re grateful for. This simple habit puts positive aspects of your life into perspective, and will allow you to look forward to something every day. It might be hard to get started, but even adding just one thing to your list per day, can help you feel happier.
5.) Fake it until you make it. Even if you don’t feel like it, smiling and laughing can trick your brain and boost your mood. Smiling creates a chemical reaction in your brain releasing dopamine and serotonin. Even forcing or faking a smile has proven to reduce stress and lower your heart rate. Laughter relaxes your body, boosts your immune system and protects your heart—helping you stay happy and live longer.
6.) Compliment somebody every day. It feels good to brighten someone else’s day, which can also boost your own mood. Also, when you compliment others, there’s a good chance of getting complimented in return—which is a feel-good thing! Others may catch on to your positive vibe, making them happy, too, setting off a chain reaction.
7.) Give yourself a confidence boost. We believe what we tell ourselves, so try reciting some positive daily affirmations. Repeating affirmations about yourself out loud makes it easier for you to believe them. This can make you happier by raising your self esteem and confidence. Try affirmations like, “I choose to be happy,” “I believe in myself” and “I am confident and capable at what I do.”
Don’t worry, be happy!
Just like anything else, learning to be more positive can take time. But making small changes little by little can help you form this positive new habit. By following these seven tips, you can start to live a healthier, happier life!
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*This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.