It's Monday. The perfect day to talk about happiness.
I used to be the type of person who thought happiness was hard to come by. I was sort of an angsty teen and I always felt like my anxiety was going to make being happy really hard for me. Once I got out of that stage, went away to school and became the person I am today, I realized it's not hard once you get the hang of it.
Happiness is something I feel like I've mastered. Both my outlook on life and my reactions to negative situations help me maintain a pretty steady level of happy. For example, on Thursday I backed my beloved car into a parked car at my friend's house. A simple lack in judgement and absence of caution caused a major annoyance and stab to my pride that I definitely did not want to deal with. After it was over and done with my friend said, "Wow, you handled that really well." And I replied with, "What other choice do I have?" No one was hurt, the damage was minor, the other person was extremely nice about it, and it happens to people all the time. Why let a great day be ruined by one mistake?
This kind of thing does take some time and some practice to master so I thought I would provide some easy tips to start feeling happier TODAY. I hope you all enjoy and find these useful.
Gratitude // This is so important! Wake up in the morning and think about what you're grateful for. Go to bed at night and think about it again. Think about it in the shower too if you want. Everything from the most simple (sunlight, flowers) to the more materialistic (house, car) can be included. If you want to be successful and if you want to be happy you have to think about the amazing things you already have first. You'll be amazed at how much this changes your life.
Nature // There are proven benefits that nature has to offer and sometimes all you need is to literally put your feet on the ground to feel "grounded". Nature has a calming effect and can really put things into perspective. Realizing the sun will still rise and set tomorrow no matter what happens today will make you think about your problems a little differently.
Self-care // This includes many things: exercise, eating right, adequate water intake and good quality sleep. Some say the gut is the second brain in that what we eat can have serious effects on our mental state. When you're taking care of your health, life suddenly becomes easier to manage. If you can take on your health you can take on anything.
Journaling // Journaling is a great way to release the "brain gunk" that may be floating around in your subconscious. Sometimes we don't realize what is effecting us and journaling for 15 minutes can be a great way to get those emotions out in a safe, helpful way. It's also really interesting to look back on.
Visualization // Or as I like to call it, imagination. I personally have always had a great imagination and I'm very good at visualizing. This is a great way to start off your morning. Take a few minutes and visualize what your life will be like tomorrow, a year from now, five years from now and so on. It's actually really fun and you can literally imagine anything you want. Delve into your wildest dreams and really feel yourself being in the place you want to be in.
Planning // Make plans with your family or friends or even just schedule time within the week where you'll do some kind of activity. Going shopping, going to the beach, or going out to dinner are all great options. When you have something to look forward to it makes life that much sweeter.
I hope this post helps you to achieve a happier tomorrow. I want you all to know that happiness is achievable! Sometimes it just takes a little bit of work and some lifestyle changes.
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