Whether its because things haven’t quite gone your way, you’re feeling down in the dumps or just need a little happiness boost, here’s 15 sure-fire ways to get you back on that happy train and become a happier person.
Be grateful for all the awesome things you have and all the awesome people you are surrounded with. The more you think about how lucky you are, the more you’ll appreciate things.
2. Treat Yo’ self
We all deserve a treat from time to time: book that holiday, get that massage, eat that cake! You deserve it!
3. Surround yourself with good people
We are a product of our environment. If we’re surrounded by negative people, that negativity is going to get passed on! Hang out with people who make you feel good!
4. Get Silly
Try not to take yourself too seriously. We all need a good amount of fun in our lives, its what keeps us going. Access your silly side for a while, we guarantee you’ll feel better after clowning around for a bit…
5. Get mindful
Your mind will be blown when you realise how mindfulness affects your mood. Getting more in touch with yourself and the things around you will noticeably increase your happiness.
6. Be nicer
When we’re nicer to other people, we feel better about ourselves. Do a selfless act every day starting from now and see how you feel about yourself in 2 weeks time, that’s a challenge.
7. Smile more
When you get on the bus, smile at the driver. When you pay for your lunch, smile at the shopkeeper. When you see someone in the street, smile at them too! Studies have shown that smiling actually does make us feel happier, so turn that frown up-side down.
8. Don’t hold grudges
Grudges are bad for your body and your mind. Holding a grudge means you’re stopping yourself from moving forward. Similarly, if you’ve done something wrong, just say sorry! you’ll feel 100% better for doing it!
9. Laugh more
Laughing has actual, real-life health benefits. It releases endorphins, which make us happy, it boosts our immune system and even burns calories: win, win, win.
10. Have a digital detox every once in a while
Social media makes us doubt ourselves. It can make us feel inadequate and leaves us feeling like we’re not good enough. Take a break, get some perspective and turn it off for a while.
11. Do what you love
Don’t let fear of being laughed at stop you from doing what you love. Find what you’re good at, find what you enjoy and do it til’ you’re an expert.
12. Get active
Exercise makes us feel good. Doesn’t matter what kind, just get that blood pumping and those endorphins flowing!
13. Get enough sleep
Our mood is heavily affected by how much sleep we get. Make sure you’re consistently getting around 8 hours of sleep every night. You’ll feel healthier and happier for doing it!
Studies have shown that dancing connects with the emotional centres in the brain promoting an emotional release. This, coupled with the endorphins our bodies produce when we get our hearts pumping make dancing the perfect recipe for that happiness boost that you’re after.
15. Don’t hold back
Finally, don’t let anyone stop you from being 100% you. We’re at our happiest when we’re comfortable and relaxed, we can’t be these things if we’re always pretending to be someone that we’re not – love yourself.
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