With today being International Happiness Day, we have been inspired to reflect on what happiness is and how we can achieve this more in every day life. So many of us focus on improving our careers, relationships and appearances, but few of us think about how to improve ourselves and our own happiness.
Being happy 100% of the time is pretty much impossible, but these simple changes and actions will help you to achieve a higher level of happiness in your daily life and radiate positivity to everyone around you!
- Reflect on your life and figure out what will make you happy, and then make the changes you need to achieve this
- Surround yourself with happy, positive and enthusiastic people; remove all negativity and unnecessary stress from your life, and alter your mind to think more positively
- Live in the moment- being mindful and living in the present is one of the keys to happiness, neither dwelling on the past or worrying about the future
- Don’t let setbacks ruin your overall happiness – everyone goes through hard times and it perfectly okay to feel sad, but learning from this, improving and moving forward is the best way to feeling happier
- Treat yourself like you would a friend – you wouldn’t be so harsh and critical to friends and family, so why do it to yourself?
- Make a happy journal – jot down things every day that bring you joy, however big or small
- Take time out for yourself to relax and be peaceful – you don’t always have to be rushing around and working 24/7 to be productive, taking some time out is just as productive
- Meditation and exercise are both proven to be great tools to achieve greater happiness, so too is getting outdoors and experiencing and appreciating nature
- Be in touch with your emotions – nobody is happy all day every day, allow yourself to feel emotions as pushing them down will only make things worse, but don’t let negative emotions overcome you, learn how to control and move past them
- Do what you love, pursue your passions and learn new things
- Don’t compare yourself to others, and look at what you have achieved not what you haven’t
- Detachment is the process of accepting good and bad and staying balanced, this helps you control your emotions and find what is called inner peace
- Be kind to others and compliment people, and make sure to do whatever makes you happy as long as you are not hurting others
- Disconnect from the digital world more often – when you are with people, really be present and connected
- Have realistic and achievable goals – having something to strive for is motivating, but don’t set yourself up for failure
- Accept yourself for who you are and be the best version of yourself
- Remind yourself that you deserve to be happy