How does happiness look like? It can be a smile on your face, eating with friends outside, dancing in the rain, eating your favourite meal, and so on.
No matter how it looks like, we can’t get enough of it. We can always use a little bit more positivity in our lives. That’s why, I will share some easy ways to bring more of that positive vibe into your life!
1. Take care of yourself
It’s very important to take a good care of yourself if you want to become more positive in your life. This means on the outside as well on the inside. Start by trying more healthier snacks. Easier said than done? Every small step counts! For example, replace that energy drink with water, add lemon to the water if plain water is tasteless for you, grab that apple and nibble on that. Just try to resist tempation once in a while. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the long run, and you’ll automatically start doing this more often.
+Remember: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
Listen to some good music
Make a playlist with some of your favourite songs in it and listen to them regularly. A new study shows that music and happiness are linked. They found that people who “actively engaged with music through dancing and attended events like concerts and musicals reported higher level of subjective wellbeing” (CNN).
Well, if that doesn’t convince you, what can?
2. Stop chasing perfection
You’ve probably heard this more often and it may start to sound cliché but the moment you stop chasing perfection is the moment more positivity will enter your life. As a perfectionist, this one is particularly difficult for me. My perfectionistic side was so serious that I even started to procrastinate on this blog for more than a year (!).
One day, I realized that I should stop chasing perfection and should just start typing, creating and posting on this blog. It’s still difficult now and then but I really recommend to start doing the things you’ve always wanted to do.
Try to enjoy the process by not focusing (too much) on the results. This is what you must do if you want to be happier and less stressed out by life. Whatever your goal is, nothing can be perfect because this world simply isn’t which makes it at the same time perfect (see what I did there?).
“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.” – Kody Keplinger
The moment you start implementing this mindset, is the moment you start feeling more alive and start being more grateful which also brings me to the next point.
3. Be grateful
We often tend to focus on what we want, who we want to become, how we want to look like, what we want to buy next, etc. This mindset can eventually take a heavy toll on your mind.
It is important to take a moment and to express gratitude in your life. Each day is a new opportunity.
Try to make the effort of nurturing a more grateful perspective in your life. I have recently started a journal in which I write down three things of what I am grateful for every day. I usually do this at the end of the day so it will be a reflection of the day. This definitely helps me to focus on the good things only that happened to me during the day instead of focusing on the bad things.
So start by taking a minute of being thankful of what you already have in your life. What are the little things you’re thankful for in your life? It can be everything – your warm bed after an exhausting day, your pet greeting you when you arrive home, hugging your partner, eating your favourite meal, the fresh air you’re breathing. It’s easy to take these things for granted but you should realize that these little things can provide a foundation for your happiness.
4. Give back
There is a saying: “Give a little, get a lot.” When you give back, you add a little happiness to your life. Perform a random act of kindness. This can be anything, such as smiling to a stranger, giving a compliment, helping pick up things someone has dropped or telling someone you appreciate him/her. Give what you can. It can be the simplest act of smiling at a stranger or even bigger such as volunteering. Every act, no matter how small or big, can make a difference!
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”-Audrey Hepburn
This is an easy and simple one (right?)! Just SMILE! Show your big smile; “smile while you still have teeth!”
I even found studies that prove that smiling affects your brains, and that it “activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress” (Seaward BL). Now that sounds pretty serious, right? I can type a whole essay why smiling is good for you but I will spare you ;). However, if you really want to know more about this you can read this interesting article that I stumbled upon: There’s Magic In Your Smile.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
What is your favourite way to bring more positivity into your life?
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