International Day of Happiness
Today marks the International Day of Happiness. Today is all about inspiring others to share happiness with everyone, creating a happier world for us all to live in. We had a look into some research and collected some helpful ideas about optimising your own happiness, every day.
1. Surround Yourself with Positive People.
A key to happiness could be in the people you associate with. We all have those positive energy thieves who seem to drain you of your motivation on a day to day basis. Start by limiting your contact with these people and spending more time with people who bring you up, inspire you to be a better person and support your ideas and concerns. Social time is valuable when it comes to improving our happiness and regardless of wether you're an introvert or extrovert, you are guarenteed to feel better after spending time with those you love.
2. Smile More
A simple but important message. If you consciously think about smiling more, your mood will naturally increase. Start by smiling at the cashier in the supermarket or at someone you pass in the street. This simple exchange can provide you with a vital boost of endorphins that might just make your day far better. Not only will you feel better for smiling, but passing on your smile can make others happier too. Spreading joy is free and easy.
"A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose." - Tom Wilson
3. Meditate or Mindfulness
There is tons of research out there discussing the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The two are similar and can be significant in improving your mental health. By spending time to do nothing but process your thoughts and indentify your issues by yourself helps you tackle problems head on. Meditation helps you to clear your mind and makes you feel calmer. Ultimately, you are rewiring your brain to cope with the problems we face in life, making your life seem less stressful.
4. Be Curious
Many successful people put their accomplishments down to one thing, curiosity. Being curious means you ask the bigger questions, take in more information and don't take anything at face value. It is much easier to be negative about something than be positive. Curiosity, however, naturally broadens a person’s horizons, and thus their understanding of the things around them.
5. Write A Grateful List
Writing a grateful list can really help put things into perspective. Realising you have plenty of things or people in your life that make your life happier and easier can enhance your mood massively. It can be difficult to write a grateful list to begin with but, by adopting an attitude for gratitude you may find you feel more positive.