Happiness is a mood, an attitude, something that goes beyond your situation or circumstances. The key to increasing happiness is to cultivate good habits and thought-patterns. Here are 7 simple yet effective ways to increase your happiness each and every day!
1/ Train your mind to seek the positive.
Use your senses to move away from negative thought patterns by noticing little things around you, like the shape of a cloud, the reflection on a puddle, the sound of the coffee machine, the smell of rain…. Or remember something that makes you smile or laugh, like your loved ones or pets, a favourite party or holiday. Be strict with yourself whenever negativity invades and quickly replace it with something more uplifting and life-affirming.
2/ Use music to lift your mood.
Find songs or instrumentals that are guaranteed to make you feel good. This may take a little research but it is time well spent as you will be ready to play just the right piece of music the next time you’re feeling blue. Your tastes and mood will change over the years so be sure to re-visit your list and choose new pieces as and when necessary.
3/ Watch comedy to enjoy the medicine of laughter.
Just as music can lift your mood, comedy can be used as a therapy to drive the blues away. Whether it’s something fresh and new, or vintage comedy that you remember from yesteryear, a good laugh can boost your hormones and increase your happiness ten-fold.
4/ Dive into life-affirming literature.
There are so many books now available that were written especially to inspire and make you feel good about life. Do a few google searches, find some reviews and choose a title. Then simply read a few chapters a day to boost your happiness instantly.
5/ Spoil yourself.
Make it a priority each day to do something nice that’s especially for you. It could be as simple as treating yourself to a special cup of coffee, taking a walk in the park, buying some flowers or reading a favourite magazine. Take time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes, and be your own best friend by caring and nurturing yourself regularly.
6/ Be kind to others.
Do something nice for someone else each day. You will be surprised how small acts of kindness will increase your own happiness levels. Try small things such as holding a door open, letting a car go ahead of you in traffic, buying someone a cup of coffee, buying a small present or giving a donation to charity. Altruism has been scientifically proven to increase feelings of well-being and happiness, it’s easy to implement and you have nothing to lose. Read more about doing good deeds and the wonderful effects it can produce in my article 40 Pays To Pay It Forward.
Smiling has been proven to increase happiness. The movement of muscles tricks the brain into releasing hormones that are involved with the feel-good factor.
Increasing happiness really can involve just a few small adjustments to your attitude, habits and daily life. Make a list of these simple tips and pin it to your fridge or office wall. You’ll be smiling in no time 🙂