Get Your Happy On!
We all want to be happy, but the truth is happiness does not just fall into place. Life isn’t perfect and you have to choose to be happy. Many things are out of our control when it come to being happy, so in those times you have to find ways to make yourself happy. If you wait for your life to be perfect to find happiness, I’m afraid you’ll be waiting a long time. Try some of these practices to find your happy place.
- Get Outside
Spend sometime in nature. When I get out in nature I tend to feel grounded, calm, and peaceful. I really thought maybe that was just the kind of person I was. But, now scientist are finding evidence that being in nature has an impact on our brains and behavior. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase our attention span and our ability to connect with other people.
- Have Meaningful Friendships
Spend time with your friends. Friends make us feel less stressed, more confident, and happier. Engage them with meaningful conversation, research shows that the less chit chat and gossip we engage in, the happier we are. Meaningful conversation leads to great friendships which leads to happiness.
While we are clearly fans of excercise for obvious reasons, making time for a regular fitness sessions does more than just create a strong body. While getting your sweat on may not cause happiness, it can certainly add to it. Physical activity helps our bodies produce disease-fighting antibodies and our brain to release endorphins. While antibodies boost happiness by keeping us well, endorphins are feel-good chemicals that improve our mood. So, it’s safe to say our gym memberships pay off—physically and mentally.
- Self-care Routine
Find a routine that makes you feel good and make time for it. It doesn’t have to be long, just something to start your day off right. Have a cup of coffee, do 10 mins of yoga, and write down 5 things your thankful for. Starting your day off positive will lead to a happier day.
- Eat Healthy
When it comes to being happy and healthy nutrition is so important. The nutrients you consume affect your mood as much as your physical well-being. Research finds that happiness and mental well-being are highest among people who eat a good amount of fruit and vegetables per day.