It may seem simple, but sometimes it is not so easy to feel joy and happiness. Stress, tough messages or difficult adversities and much else can get us off balance. Whether you have lost your footing or not – here are our best tips to help you feel more good.
Walk with a good posture
Research suggests that an upright walking style with swinging arms will help you feel more positive. Even if you do not feel happy, a leisurely walk with proud steps can get you in a better mood.
Don’t rely on others for your happiness
The key to happiness lies within one’s self. Instead of waiting for the outside world to make you happy, do your inner work and learn that you create your own happiness.
Choose to experience
A study in Psychological Science found that those who tended to spend their money on experiences instead of things became happier.
Gratitude is a powerful tool that can take time to hone and fully learn. But a study, published in the journal Emotion, shows that practical exercises in expressing optimism and gratitude over time and lead to more happiness, compared to placebo.
Want to feel happier? Start smiling. By smiling you can change the chemistry of the brain and actually feel happier.
Get involved in volunteering or help a friend in need. Research suggests helping others improves the mental health and well-being of the helping person.
Spending time with loved ones makes you feel good. Therefore, nurture your existing relationships and don’t forget to be open to new ones. Studies show that the better relationships we have, the happier we are.
See the positive
We all have an inner voice that loves to point out everything that is not so good. Practice seeing the positive instead by writing down at least three things that are good in your life each day. By focusing on what is positive, you will become a happier person.
As little as five minutes of daily exercise can get you in a better mood. Moving also has good long-term effects, regular exercise helps, among other things, to keep depression in check.
Let go and forgive
Let it go. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes you happier.
Listen to music
Music can have a powerful effect on your emotions. Make a playlist of happy songs and start listening.
Set clear goals
Set goals that are realistic and specific. When the goal is specific, it is easier to feel joy for each step closer to the goal you are reaching and even greater satisfaction when you reach the goal. “Exercising 30 minutes, three times a week” is a more specific goal than “exercising more”.
Surround yourself with positive people
Surround yourself with positive people – you are influenced by other people’s mood. By spending time with people who are happy, you will feel better about yourself.
Put down your cell phone
A study from Kent State University found, after asking more than 500 students, that frequent cell phone use was associated with lower grades, higher anxiety and less happiness.