Happiness is when things go well for us and we feel very positive. It has a different definition for each of us.
A good performance in a test might make some of us happy while a small gesture from our loved one can bring a smile to some of our faces. It is proven that the way we feel affects our productivity, mental, and physical health. Being happy may help you lead a healthy lifestyle. It helps in boosting your immunity, reducing stress, keeping your heart healthy, and also increasing your life expectancy.
So, is it possible to get and always stay happy? Yes. We can always live a happier life by just switching to a few healthy habits, and indulging ourselves into positive thinking. Here are some tips that you can use to give yourself a happy life.
8 Ways to Be Happier Today
- Exercise Daily
Exercise is an all-rounder habit that not only helps you in staying physically fit, but also helps in reducing stress, anxiety, and boosting our self-esteem. But how is that possible then? It is scientifically proven that exercise releases the hormone endorphins that make you feel good. This hormone can make you feel better by relieving your pain and stress to a certain great amount. Start off with simple exercises like an evening walk in the garden or 5 minutes of stretching and that is enough for beginners to start with a purposeful habit.
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- Smile More
We smile when we feel happy and when we smile, our brain releases dopamine which gives us a feeling of extreme joy. You do not have to put on a fake smile but you can recall some good memories or moments in your life that made you happy or smile at yourself in the mirror after you wake up in the morning. This small habit of smiling can do huge wonders that can surprise you with great results!
And we already know smiles are contagious. With just your single smile, you can make your whole surroundings happy and enticing. And that is enough to make you happy when you wake up every next day.
- Get Good Sleep
Not getting proper sleep or a poor sleep cycle is of course unhealthy for your mind and body. A healthy mind needs healthy sleep and this makes sleep very important for the proper functioning of your brain. A nice sleep gives time to the neurons across your body to rejuvenate and make you feel fresh for a new day, a new venture. Research says that when we are sleep deprived, our negative thoughts can overpower us and it also leads to us not being able to think, eat, or live happily. So, to live happily, sleep heavily.
- Positive Thinking
Positive thinking or a positive mindset can have a huge impact on our lives. Positive thinking through problems and hustles in life or even usually helps in increasing our energy levels and productivity level as well.
According to psychologists, our happiness quotient depends a lot on the way we perceive (positive or negative) things and situations in life.
- Take Care of Your Hygiene
For a happy mind, you need a happy body. And it can be done in two ways, externally and internally. Always take care of the food that gets inside, because it can serve in its own way. You can always carry a hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean in a go, without running around in search of water and disinfectants. Clean hands are as important as a healthy food because contaminated hands can make you sick. An unhealthy body can get you feeling drained and low in energy.
- Acknowledge what you are grateful for
We as humans always tend to focus more on our failures, worries, and other negative things in life. And amidst this, we forget to see that apart from the negative, a positive side of life exists as well. We need to learn to be grateful for what we have in life because every little thing and every person who loves us matters. Try to write down or recall three things you are grateful for in life at least once every day.
- Be Kind
Kindness in today’s world is rare but necessary. Learn to be kind to yourself and everyone else around you. Not many people understand this but even small acts of kindness can make us feel very good and happy. You can just simply give a compliment to someone you know randomly, help a beggar on your way to work every day, or even feed a dog with some biscuits and this little effort from you will leave you with feelings of rejoice.
Also, devote at least 20 minutes of your day to self-care. A lot of simple self-care activities can make you feel refreshed. Get yourself a spa, read your favorite book, or maybe take a warm bubble bath and treat yourself with good care for having a happy lifestyle.
- Eat Well
A good proper diet is of course required to maintain a healthy body. Your happy and healthy lifestyle depends on the food choices you make. A lot of food that we intake not only benefits our bodies but also our minds. Food rich in carbohydrates releases serotonin which is responsible for our happy mood while protein-rich food releases dopamine and norepinephrine are said to help in boosting our energy and level of concentration.
Make a list of food items to be consumed every day for yourself keeping in mind that your daily diet should always contain every type of vitamin and minerals.
You can always choose to switch to a healthy lifestyle for your happiness and health. No matter how busy you are, these tips can be practiced along with your daily routine every day.
If you want to, you can create the life you are going to love by just adopting some easy habits that are mentioned above. Smile at people, tell your loved ones how much you love them, listen, pray, see and admire the beauty that surrounds you, exercise, eat right, be thankful for what you have, and work hard for what you want. Such simple steps are the solution to living a happy life. It is never too late to take a generous step for yourself. Start today!