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There is an unfortunate reason for this happiness it’s usually elusive … and the thing is, our brains just aren’t that connected. Rather, our brains evolved to survive, protect us, and protect us. Sure, we have moments of euphoria and moments of joy and happiness. But most of us are plagued negative emotions persistently we just stick to ‘blahs’.
How do we find more happiness in our life? As with anything, it takes practice to continue being happy. Somehow we need to reset our bases. It’s not something that will happen overnight, but here are 20 things you can do each day to discover secrets to help you be happier.
1. Focus on the positive
To be happy in the long run, you need to move your brain from a negative to a positive mindset. Try the following: Spend a minute or two looking for the positive aspects of your life. Do this three times a day for 45 days and your brain will automatically begin.
For each day, choose a positive mantra, something that you repeat to yourself, like “Today is a good day” or “I’m thankful for what I have.” And when things don’t go that way, take a moment to try to see things in a more positive light. Never underestimate the importance of realizing the good things that you have in life.
2. Celebrate small victories
Life is full of ups and downs, but between each climb and each fall there are many, many little victories that can go unnoticed. Take a moment to celebrate those little moments when you won.
Have you completed all of the earrings on your list? Yei! Have you finally read all the emails that have been piling up in your inbox? Yei! Enjoy each of these little accomplishments because it all adds up.
3. Find the balance between your life and your work
Work takes up most of your day, but it shouldn’t be the only thing we do. It is important that we have other activities and interests besides your work. Do you have a hobby? Do you spend enough time with your friends and the people you love? Do You Exercise Creating balance in your life will reduce stress levels and give you other ways to express yourself and have fun.
4. Practice meditation (mindfulness)
Meditation, or mindfulness, works because it draws your attention and awareness to the present moment. It’s about not judging and accepting what you are feeling. Practicing this meditation means being present, aware, and curious. Accepting what we are experiencing reduces stress and helps us see situations for what they are. Through meditation and the practice of mindfulness, we can find peace and reassurance from ourselves.
5. Be creative
You can think of artists as people with lots of mood swings or depression, but there are studies that show that people who get creative on a regular basis are happier. Those who spend time using their imaginations and being creative are more enthusiastic and dream of long-term feelings of happiness and well-being. These creative activities can include writing, painting, drawing, or music.
6. Accept the imperfection
Many of us strive for perfection, we want to push ourselves to give the best of ourselves. But in order to be truly happy we have to give access to imperfection as part of life. Perfection is impossible and it is useless to expose ourselves or others to these standards. We will always feel disappointed. Accept that life is imperfect and realize that this imperfection contains beauty and grace.
7. Do what you love
It is very difficult to stay happy when you hate your job. Don’t waste the best years of your life doing a job that doesn’t make you happy, including paying the bills. What are you interested in? What is your passion Focus on building a career in areas that will motivate you and provide you with high levels of satisfaction and your happiness factor will grow exponentially.
8. Spend wisely
It is tempting to believe that the more money you have, the happier you will be. But the reality is that you feel happiest when you spend your money. The key is to do it wisely. Spending money on experiences like trips, dinners, concerts, etc. can make us happier because we share those experiences with others. Happiness in relation to material objects tends to fade, but experiences help us define our purposes and passions in life.
9. Live in the moment
Our thoughts and feelings often revolve around the past or the future. Reality is what you are currently experiencing, in which you are currently living. Sometimes we want to escape this reality. But when we stay in the present, we feel fully committed to our lives. Make an effort to live in the moment and you will begin to have a deeper appreciation for your life.
10. Cultivate gratitude
Find ways to cultivate gratitude on a daily basis. If you say thank you or be grateful for everything, you will be happier and more satisfied. Gratitude is an appreciation that values everything you have received in life. These gifts can be material or immaterial. As you spend some time each day realizing all the good things in life, you will find that there are more good things than you can imagine and you will find that your sadness, anxiety, or depression will subside.
11. Give something
Be generous with your time and money. Give to others in need. Give something to the people you love and care about. Those who give back have a sense of altruism and humanity. Those who spend generously on others are usually in better health, perhaps because giving has a wellbeing effect that lowers blood pressure and stress.
12. Surprise yourself
It’s hard to feel happy when you are bored or feel like your life is blah. Part of feeling happy is feeling stimulated, interested in something, and a little surprised with life. Surprise yourself by setting goals outside of your comfort zone. Put yourself in new or unexpected situations. Set goals and then work towards them. And remember to enjoy the ride!
13. Listen and engage in music
Listening to music lifts our spirits. It makes us feel better, in part because listening to music causes our brains to release dopamine, a neurochemical substance associated with pleasure and reward. Those who engage with music through dancing or concerts report higher levels of happiness and wellbeing.
14. Be yourself
One of the best things that you can do to increase your happiness is to be yourself. That means not depending on the consent of others and accepting yourself for who you are. Spend some time getting to know yourself. What defines you What do you believe in? Who are you under all the layers that cover you? Find ways to feel good about yourself.
15. Build meaningful relationships
Happiness, love, friendship and community go hand in hand. As humans, we have a basic need to interact and connect with others. We are of course looking for our tribe, people who support us, understand us and will be there for the entire journey. Without meaningful relationships, we will be alone and isolated. We are happiest when we seek happiness with others.
16. Nothing compares to you
Stop comparing yourself to your surroundings. Most importantly, stop comparing your stuff to other people’s. Social media makes us feel like everyone else is better than us. How many times have you encountered negative emotions while checking your social media? Letting envy and resentment take root in us takes away the opportunity to appreciate what we have.
17. Stop worrying
Constant worrying about everything creates toxic fear in which your mind sinks into a spiral of negative thoughts. Worry plagues your mind, making you worried and afraid of things that you cannot control. Sometimes we think if we care enough, we can keep bad things from happening. But the truth is that you cannot experience happiness or joy when you are consumed with worry.
18. Live with happy people
Has it happened to you that after living with sad people you feel sadder than they do? That’s because humor can be contagious. It turns out that feelings can be transferred from one person to another. The more we share experiences with someone, the more our emotions and behaviors are in sync. A secret to long-term happiness is to surround ourselves with people who are happy.
19. Spend time in nature
Some researchers believe that our ultra-connected generation is actually suffering from a lack of contact with nature. Studies have shown that the more time we spend in nature and the more we interact with the natural world around us, the greater our happiness. Our connection with nature also plays a role in maintaining positive mental health.
20. Remember happy moments
Why do we love retro things? Maybe because nostalgia makes us happy. Feelings of nostalgia or remembering our past can help us reconnect with feelings of love, wonder, and satisfaction. Our past shapes and defines our identity. When we remember happy moments, we increase our self-esteem and feel more connected to those around us.