When you really take the time to think about it, are you happy? Being happy is one of the most important things in life, and it can have an impact on everything else you do, even down to how successful you are in relationships and at work. Therefore, it is essential that you try to make yourself as happy as possible, in whatever ways work for you. It will make a massive difference. Here are some of the ideas you can try.
Do One Nice Thing A Day
If you can commit to doing one nice thing for yourself each and every day, you will soon start to feel happy. It can be something big or something small, and what it is doesn’t particularly matter. The key is that it needs to be something you enjoy, something that makes you smile. Just doing your chores isn’t enough – it should be something that is just for you, such as watching a favorite TV program, going to bed with a hot water bottle, taking a long soak in the tub, or heading out for a walk after dinner, for example.
Look Forward To Something
Those without much to look forward to won’t feel as happy or as positive as those who do. Booking fun activities in advance will take a little research, but it is worth doing as then you’ll have something to look forward to, which will keep you motivated. It’s also a great idea to do something different. You could search for concert tickets on sale and see a musician you’ve always wanted to see live (or one you’ve never heard of – you might be surprised at how much you like them!), for example. Or start a hobby in a group that meets each week so you have that anticipation building. Once one event is done with, make sure there is another otherwise you might feel unhappy again.
Listen To Yourself
Your body and mind will always tell you something about how they are feeling and what they need. It’s vital that you listen to those messages and – if possible – give yourself what will make you happy. If you’re feeling tired, rest. If you’re feeling stressed out, meditate. If you’re feeling alone, join a group or online forum. Really engage with how you feel, and you will understand what it will take to make you happy. If you continue to do things because you always have or because you feel it is expected, nothing will change, and you won’t even feel any happier.
One of the biggest reasons why people feel unhappy is because they can’t accept themselves. This is particularly true when it comes to body image. No one ever seems quite satisfied with how they look, always wanting to change something, thinking that once that part of them looks different, they will be happy at last. The critical thing to remember is that this is not how happiness works. You are more than welcome to change anything about yourself that you want to, but if you can’t accept yourself as you are, you’ll never be truly happy, even when you do change your looks.
Forgive Yourself – And Others
Forgiveness is an important aspect of happiness, and self-forgiveness is essential. It’s difficult since most of us have spent our whole lives berating ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made. One of the reasons people get into trouble is because they put so much pressure on themselves to be perfect and then blame themselves when they fail. Loving yourself entails embracing the fact that you are confined to your own imperfect skin.
If you can forgive yourself for past mistakes, you’ll feel much happier, and you’ll stand a much better chance of being able to move forward and be successful in the future. If you can forgive other people for anything they might have done to hurt you, you’ll feel much happier because you’re no longer holding onto anger, and you can, at last, be free.
Eliminate Toxic People From Your Life
Avoid committing yourself to customers, business partners, investors, or workers who aren’t a pleasure to work with or for. Taking the same approach with family members is obviously more difficult, but there’s no excuse to put up with rudeness. Let others know that if they treat you like that, you’ll walk away or end the conversation.
The problem is, if you spend your life around toxic people who put you down and undermine your confidence, you’ll find that you lose your self-esteem, and you’ll be unhappy because of this. Alternatively, you might become very defensive, and maybe even become a rude person yourself, and equally, that will leave you feeling miserable.
Life is too short to have toxic, unpleasant people in it. Cut them off and spend your time with people you like and who like you and treat you well. The difference will be amazing, so it’s well worth a little pain to get to that point.
Stop Skipping Meals
The phrase, ‘I was so busy today that I didn’t have time to eat, is one that could often have escaped your lips. You get home and realize that you skipped lunch, and perhaps breakfast too. Or maybe you did it deliberately because you wanted to get some work finished, or you thought it would help you lose weight (which it won’t). This is a bad idea and one that will make you unhappy in the long term.
When you don’t eat regular meals throughout the day, your blood sugar will drop, and when that happens, stress signals are sent to the brain. This makes you feel irritated, grumpy, tired, and generally out of sorts. Plus, your energy levels will be low. Even if you know you’re going to be busy, having breakfast is a must (a smoothie or piece of fruit is fine if you’re short on time), and lunch is crucial. If lunch is going to be late because of a deadline, have some healthy snacks to see you through and stop your blood sugar from dropping too low.
As for weight loss, skipping meals for this reason is a terrible idea. It won’t help you lose weight because by the time you do eat, you’ll be so hungry you might actually eat more than you would otherwise have done. Plus, because your body worries that it’s starving, it will store more fat to keep itself protected. Eat three meals a day and ideally a healthy snack between each meal and before bed, and you’ll feel a lot happier.
Get More Sunlight
Many people do their job in dimly lit areas. That’s a bad idea, and it’s going to leave you feeling awful. It’s far better if you can work in a setting that has access to natural light; this will make you feel happier and boost your vitamin D levels. If this is not possible, invest in some full-spectrum light bulbs – it’s not quite as good as the real thing, but it will help. It’s also important to get outside for at least ten minutes a day and ideally more. Being in the fresh air and the real, unfiltered sunshine will make you feel amazing, and you’ll be a lot more productive because of it.
Buy Premium Products For Yourself
Does this describe you? If you’re giving a gift such as a bottle of wine to someone else, you choose a premium brand in a gorgeous bottle, but if you’re purchasing it for yourself, you choose the store brand or another low-cost choice. That’s fine if you’re one of those people who thinks all wine tastes the same, so it really doesn’t matter, but if you like the more expensive brand, you should get it. You’ll feel as though you’re actually treating yourself, and treating yourself makes you happy.