Happiness is an interesting topic, primarily because peoples perception of happiness differs from person to person. I’m guilty (as I’m sure some of you are too) of saying to myself ‘I wish I was happier’ then not taking any steps to get there.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about what makes me happy and content, so I thought I would share with you all my top tips to being a happier you!
I can feel you all rolling your eyes at me. This won’t be the first time (nor will it be the last) that you’ll hear someone tell you that exercising makes you happier. They’re not talking bullsh*t either, it really does. It’s scientifically proven, that exercise releases ‘happiness endorphins’ containing some of the same chemicals found in anti-depressants. This is why exercise is so great for anyone suffering with their mental health.
The amount of sleep you need will differ from person to person, I know that I don’t actually need a lot of sleep to be fully functioning the next day. However, try going to bed an hour earlier and notice how much more energised and ready to take on the day you feel.
Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
They will always bring out the best in you. Whether it’s going for a coffee with your friends or spending the day shopping with your Mum, these are sure fire ways to boost your mood. Whenever I come back from university, I spend as much time as possible with my family and friends, as they make me happy.
Much like the exercise one, you’ve probably heard this one a million and one times. But I can assure you that if you fuel your body with healthy and nutritious foods it will be sure to thank you. Not only will it boost your happiness, but it will also make you feel more energised and less lethargic!
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Something that I have been practicing as of late, is every morning writing out a list of things that I am grateful. I spend a good while really thinking about what makes me smile – you’ll start to notice positivity gravitate towards you, instantly making you feel happier and more content with your life.
A blast of fresh air is enough to really boost anyones mood. Again, fresh air has been proven to increase peoples happiness levels immensely. Start to pop out for a quick 10 minute walk on your lunch break and notice how the afternoon is much more bearable!
This probably seems like a really simple one – but by forcing yourself to smile, you’re essentially forcing your body to be happier. Try to associate smiling with positive thoughts – it is thought that the 2 work hand in hand together.
I always find myself getting so excited for the future when I know I have things to look forward to, whether that be drinks and dinner with the girls or having a summer holiday to look forward to!
Make Positive Memories
Much like all of the other muscles in out body, the brain can also be strengthened and trained – if you’re prone to remembering the negative things that happen in your life, this is consequently going to affect your happiness levels. Train your brain to remember the positives, not the negative and watch your happiness level rise!
Have A Social Media Cleanse
If you’re anything like me, spending far too much time comparing my life to others on social media, then you probably need to have a think about whether the people you are following are actually having a positive impact on your life? And if they aren’t, get rid. Only follow people who make you feel happy and good about yourself!
Being a happier you doesn’t just come over night – I’ve spend a lot of the past 3 years being desperately unhappy, but once I started to implement these little practices into my daily life there has been such an improvement. I finally feel like I am on the road to recovery!
What are your tips for being happier?!
All my love,