11 Ways to Be Happier

Often times, people believe that they need to search for happiness. If you are searching for happiness, you may need to stop and think for a second. Happiness is not a destination, but a journey! The way that you choose to live your life and spend your time can help you to enjoy and embrace this endless journey. Where can you start? With yourself, of course.

Making time for “you” is important, mama. Enjoying hobbies, learning about your talents and strengthening them, and spending quality “me” time can all help you grow, and in turn, bring positivity to your life.
#1: Enjoy the great outdoors. Did you know that living near or even LOOKING at images of green, nature scenes can stimulate parts of your brain that are associated with happiness and positivity? Throw in a dash of that vitamin D and your spirits will be soaring sky high. Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood or go exploring with friends.

#2: Listen to your favorite music. Jamming out to your favorite album can help reduce stress – especially music with a positive message or melody. Speaking of music…

#3: Sing loud and proud! Whether in the car or at home doing chores, belt out your favorite song.

#4: Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts at the end of the day may be one of the most therapeutic activities out there. Whether you prefer long entries or short snippets, documenting the good and the bad can help you learn from mistakes and grow. If not that, it is nice to document “your history.”

#5: Learn to let go. It is easy to hold grudges, but man… it can be awfully heavy. Holding onto things that you cannot change will not do anyone good. Hakuna Matata!

#6: Plan your dream vacation. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life proved that heightened happiness came during the PLANNING stage of a vacation rather than the actual vacation. While it may not be in the budget now, why not plan for fun?

#7: Learn to play an instrument. Do you often find yourself wishing you can strum a guitar? What is holding you back? Learning a new instrument may not only bring you satisfaction, but can keep your brain sharp.

#8: Treat your body. Whether a full-body massage or a day at the DIY-spa, it is important to take care of yourself.

#9: Cuddle with your furry friend. If you have a cat or dog in your life, you know just how warm and fuzzy they can make you feel at the end of a long day. Take a moment and enjoy this time. According to studies, pets are good for mental health.

10: Chew a piece of gum. This is a simple one, but think of it as a “quick fix” pick-me-up. Gum chewing has been linked to reducing cortisol levels.

#11: Count your blessings, literally. In your spare time, grab a jar and some paper. Write down all of what you are grateful for in your life. As the days pass, add to this. When you are having a tough week, sit down and read them. Instant mood-booster.

Putting yourself first may seem like a selfish statement, but it is important to focus on your own happiness. If you can be happy with yourself, your positive vibes will shine through and reflect onto the relationships in your life. It’s a win/win!

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