Honestly, I have always considered myself one of life’s “glass is half full” people.
I pretty much always manage to find the silver lining in most things and scenarios, never really dwelling too much on things that didn’t go my way, or giving time to negative people and their negative energy.
But sometimes our busy lives, all the juggle, the day-to-day stress and the eternal work/life balance hustle, can really make happiness take a backseat, I think. . Something we plan on feeling when only Friday rolls around again, or when that work project is finished, when the lockdown ends, or when the baby starts sleeping through the night.
But happiness, as the saying goes, should not be viewed as a destination, but rather the whole, entire journey. Because making sure you feel happy is not being indulgent or vain or selfish, but rather one of the most important investments you can make in your own life, for your own health, physical and mental.
And while the reward is, obviously, a happier you, know that everyone around you will also benefit from you being your happiest, most positive self. I just know for me, when I feel happy and content, I am also both a better mum, friend, daughter and all-around person.
The good news? Happiness is not that hard to find. Sometimes, you will discover that the seemingly most insignificant of things can make you smile and give you a little boost just when you needed one.
Want to start feeling happier this very moment? Here are ten easy, yet instantly effective ways to start:
1. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
Stopping for a minute and thinking of all the great things and amazing people in your life will probably put any silly complaints you had to rest.
2. Buy yourself some flowers
Fresh flowers in your house will instantly make it a happier place.
3. Call a friend
Don’t text; call! Calling a close friend is a great way to talk over your worries and get advice from someone you trust.
4. Step into your kitchen
Even if you’re not a cook, take your mind off things by exploring new ingredients or trying a new recipe. Cooking or baking a great stress relief, and the reward at the end is a delicious meal or yummy treat, so win-win!
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5. Make lists
Take a few minutes to jot down your day’s or week’s to-do lists. Focusing on your priorities will leave you feeling in control of your day.
For a clean slate, get organized. Getting rid of the clutter and rearranging your space will make it feel new. It is also a great starting point to move forward with future projects.
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7. Rest up
If you’re having a hard time getting your mind off things, reset with a power nap. A short break will give your mind and body a rest and will help you approach things differently when you wake.
8. Accept responsibility
If something is bothering you, either fix it or accept that nothing can be done right now, so why complain? Complaining is a passive activity. Change that complaining into action to solve the problem or simply accept it and give your mind something else to focus on.
Calm your mind by turning off your tech and escaping social media for a minute or two.
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10. Take care of yourself
Stress and a busy lifestyle can often take over our lives and break down anyone’s positive spirit. Take time out from your life for just you. Make sure you get to see that movie you were dying to watch (bring a friend or make it a date-night with you hubby), take a hot bath, head to your yoga class, get a manicure, organize a game night, book that hotel weekend away, or do whatever relaxes and energizes you.