10 Ways to Become Your Happier Self
This is a guest post by Cassie Brewer.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
This popular question is timeless and has been asked to almost every child over the years. Unfortunately, many of our answers only addressed future occupations like doctor, racecar driver, veterinarian, princess, and more. However, when a young boy, musician John Lennon, was asked this ageless question he proudly proclaimed, “Happy!”.
Today, more than ever, many of us can relate to this wise statement. Far too often, we only look towards tangible goals that can be measured and not our overall feelings of happiness. This is important, because according to many people, happiness might just be the key to life. As life comes at us hard, we are often left wondering, where’s the happiness?
After all, jobs, relationships, illness, overscheduling, stress, and more can zap our moods and find us juggling the demands of adulthood feeling unfulfilled and unhappy. Suddenly, we are realizing our simple answers for what we wanted to be when we grew up might have been misguided. Thankfully, we can still find happiness and become our happier self with a few mindful choices.
To help on this journey, please scroll through the following 10 ways to become your happier self:
Laughter can be the best medicine and is an easy way to boost moods while reducing stress. According to experts, even “forced” laughter is beneficial. Seek out laughter by making it a point to talk to friends, watch funny movies, stream a comedian’s act, or tune into your favorite sitcom.
An easy way to boost your happiness is to exercise. Research has documented that people who get up and move are happier. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to run marathons to gain a little happiness. Walking and other simple movements have been found to increase happiness.
Look For Silver Linings
“Every day might not be good, but there is good in every day.” This quote is a great reminder for us to turn our thoughts around when we encounter adversity and find ways to look for a positive or silver lining everyday. Surprisingly, by taming negative thoughts we can begin to notice the good in our lives which will snowball into more positive thinking.
Unplug From Social Media
It’s no secret that social media is a great tool for reconnecting with family and friends. Unfortunately, there can be too much of this good thing. Too much social media can negatively affect our happiness. Limit the amount of time you spend online for the sake of your happiness.
Many people believe happiness is a trait we are born with, but we don’t have to be a victim to our genes, we can make a choice to be happy. We control 40 percent of our happiness! Strive to do one thing daily that brings you happiness or works toward one of your goals. Pursuing happiness makes it more likely to become a reality.
Schedule “Me Time”
Stress and exhaustion reduces our productivity, emotionally depletes us, and leaves us teetering on the edge of an emotional collapse. Too much stress can also cause bouts of insomnia, anxiety, and depression, and can also lead to heart disease. Make ‘me-time” a priority by setting aside time for self-care. Schedule breaks, soak in a luxurious bath, drive with your windows down, sing along to your favorite tune, journal, call your mom, or meditatie for a few minutes daily so you can stay healthy and regain your equilibrium.
See Some Green
Studies are finding that being outside in green spaces or surrounding yourself with plants can actually improve your happiness levels and improve moods. Challenge yourself to pick up a bouquet of flowers or eat lunch at your local park to enjoy some green therapy.
Surround Yourself With Positive And Optimistic People
Experts have documented that a person’s friend group can affect their happiness levels. Find people who are happy, love to laugh, and enjoy life. Their zest for joy will rub off and give your level of happiness a boost.
Turn Up The Heat
Research shows that affection and sex are the perfect combination to up feelings of happiness. Give yourself permission to turn the lights down low and cuddle up for some quality time with your partner.
Find Your Passion
As we age, many of us give up the hobbies, interests, or activities that we used to do for fun. Challenge yourself to reignite a passion to find your happier self. To help discover that flame, revisit the hobbies and interests that used to bring you joy when you were a child or teen. This can range anywhere from riding horses to building model airplanes, the possibilities are endless!
What suggestions do you have for becoming your happier self?