Happiness is something we all want in life. Whether we realize it or not, life can throw some heavy curve balls at us—making happiness more difficult to feel on a day-to-day basis. Some days, we are grumpy and can’t seem to find our pocket full of sunshine. All good things in life take time, energy and effort. If you work at it, you can still find the good within a bad day. Here are five little ways to add happiness in your life.
Be the miracle in someone’s day:
It can be easy to be selfish and only think about ourselves, especially when we’re having a rough day. But instead of ignoring your coworkers at the office, why not treat them to a morning coffee? It’s a small gesture that truly makes an impact on someone’s day. A quote that I live by is “If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.” If your day isn’t going so well, help someone else by brightening their day. I promise, you’ll be happy making someone else happy because happiness is contagious.
Cultivate gratitude in your daily life:
I keep a gratitude journal. I write down what I’m thankful for and give thanks to all of the blessings in my life. Sometimes, we don’t think about all the things we have that MANY other people don’t have: clean, accessible water, a home, a job, an education. These are really big things that we might take for granted every day. It’s time to wake up and count every blessing in your life. You’ll instantly feel happier once you realize all of the good in life.
Positive vibes only:
You are a product of your environment and your thoughts. Or in the wise words of Buddha: what you think, you become. If you’re constantly putting out negative energy, you’re going to receive a negative outcome. Instead, begin the day by telling yourself it’s going to be a good day. Out loud. Yes, tell yourself all the positive statements you need to hear before you begin the day.
Did you know that a sense of accomplishment make you happy? The combination of checking something off your to-do list and the relief of completing a task is beneficial for us because we become more relaxed. So set aside time each day to accomplish five important tasks, and make sure their done before you go to bed. You’ll sleep easily at night knowing you were productive during the day.
Move it, move it:
I begin each morning with a walk with my dog. Why? It makes me feel good to begin the day doing something active. Even if you HATE mornings, begin your day with a workout in some way. It’s easy to hit snooze, but get your body moving. It’ll amp up your endorphins and make you happy throughout the day. Still don’t believe me? Take a word of advice from Elle Woods:
Adding happiness in your life doesn’t have to be a big lifestyle change. All it takes is a little time and effort to add these practices in your life.
How do you add happiness in your life? What makes you happy? Make sure to leave a comment below!