Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 Ways To Feel Happier

By Ron Keeping, Certified Life Coach

Happiness is something that everyone wants. But, knowing and understanding what makes us happy is sometimes super difficult.
Do you know what makes you happy? Happiness is one of those things you either have or don't have. Your life circumstances, relationships, and emotional state all impact your happiness.
Remember, you aren't always going to be happy, so forget it. When you feel upset with a negative situation, you likely also get upset at the fact that you aren't happy. If you aren't guilty of this, you definitely know someone who is. They might say something like, "I'll never be happy," when something doesn't go as planned.

Here are 8 easy ways to allow yourself to feel happy:

1. Take some time to do one nice thing for yourself daily.
How does taking some time every day to do something nice for yourself sound?
You can get yourself a treat, take some time to meditate, take a little cat-nap, or watch a funny video.
Would you like to take a break from everything every once in a while? Do you want to get a massage, take a vacation, or go see your favorite band live in concert?
When you take care of yourself and your own happiness, you can help others feel happiness, too.

2. Focus on your health.
Start taking supplements and vitamins! Your body needs it. Stay away from junk foods whenever possible. Having the right fuel will push your body and increase your strength and stamina. This is one way of getting a feeling of happiness.
Sugar and other bad eating habits affect our energy and mood which hinders you from being happy.
Exercise is another important factor. Try getting exercise at least 5 times a week, even if it's a 30-minute walk.
Choose an activity that you will enjoy and not get bored with it! For me, I enjoy martial arts. Not only do I love it, but it helps me maintain my self-confidence and discipline.
If you're not into hardcore activities, contact martial arts isn't for you. Try doing tai-chi movements, some light kickboxing, yoga or pilates. As long as blood and oxygen are circulating inside your body. This will activate the body's natural healing abilities. As a result, you'll feel happy.

3. Forgive yourself!
Forgiveness plays a big part in being happy! There are times that we don't really think of forgiving ourselves. But little did we know we often criticize ourselves and it brings down our confidence level.
Forgiving yourself is quite challenging. Most of us have been getting angry at ourselves for some things that we did wrong as time goes by.
We often think of the things that we could have done and could have not done to make things better.
A lot of us get into trouble because we tried to be perfect and beat themselves up if they're not. Loving yourself means accepting yourself.

4. Start your day with a smile!
Start your morning with a prayer, affirmations, and a big smile!
Quality of sleep is very important. When you have a great sleep, be grateful.
Did you know that when you smile, the muscles in our face send a signal to our brains and create a better mood?
When you smile, your body releases a powerful chemical reaction in your brain. That can make you feel happier.
You'll likely realize that if you smile at someone you don't even know, it will send them positive energy. This likely makes them want to pass that smile to the next person and so on and so forth. Great positive karma, right? 

5. Get enough sleep.
As an adult, research shows we need to have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep for the body and mind to completely rest.
We all know that without enough sleep our body and mind cannot function without enough of it.
That's easy to say, most of you may be thinking, who has the time to sleep when you got loads of work to do to make a living?
Do you think that sacrificing many hours to finish your work-related projects is worth it? Why not consider the effect it will bring to your daily happiness? 
Your body and mind need a lot of rest so it can do its process of repairing and releasing the growth hormones.
Many of these are fixing damaged tissues including the skin. If you don't get enough sleep, you are risking the boosted levels of stress hormones. This can wreck your skin and cause premature aging.
Even by taking a 30-minute nap between the day can give you the feeling of happiness.
If you're having trouble sleeping, try listening to calming audio while you sleep. I recommend the Wake Up Calm audio tracks. These audio tracks use something called Subaudible Soundwave Technology. It's like meditation during sleep. Pretty cool, right? 

6. Be kind to people.
Why is being kind to someone one way of being happy? Showing gratitude to others can be easy, quick, and keep anxiety at bay.
It helps calm the mood and takes the focus off yourself. Being kind to someone produces a contagious smile.
You are most likely causing them to smile. If you see that smile for yourself, you know that you made someone happy and you made yourself happy.
We all feel stress each day. A small act of kindness can turn things around and reduces the stress level quite a bit.
The moment you focus on doing an act of kindness to someone, it helps you get a break from your own problems. This results in you having that feeling of happiness.
Think about it, have you ever met a legit happy person who is mean to others?
Helping someone in your own little way is a big factor in your daily life. And it will lead you to have that feeling of happiness.

7. Talk to a friend or Call someone.
Social contact is a huge contributor to happiness. It can be a phone call, a text, or social media message. 
Make sure that you talk to the right people. You don't want to talk to someone who is always negative or someone who is always putting you down. The quality of our relationships has a great impact on the quality of our lives, and how happy we are.
This small gesture can show your friend that you care about them and want to know what's going on in their life. Make sure that you empathize with them. The last thing you need is to talk about yourself the entire time. Don't come across as selfish and self-centered.
Asking how their day is going and what they have been up to can give you a conversation that you both can enjoy. As a result, you can both experience happiness.
Showing interest in them without wanting anything in return will brighten up the day for both of you.

8. Listen to soothing music.
While I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, I take some time to listen to more calming/soothing music.
Listening to your favorite band can entertain you and contribute to happiness. But it's also a good idea to set some time aside to listen to something that will chill you out and calm you down.
This is especially the case after a long, hard, stressful day at work. The last thing I want to hear at the end of the day (or before bed) is something screaming at me, or a heavy beat.
Besides Wake Up Calm, there are other audio tracks that will allow you to shift into a lower brainwave state while awake. One of the best I've found is a track called Wired For Joy.

If you put in place these tips, you'll see significant improvements fast!
Good luck!

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