Sometimes, it can feel like everyone is a lot happier than you and some days you just feel down in the dumps and you start to feel nothing can really help you shift your mood. In this blog we discuss three things you can do today to make yourself a little more happy.
Observe the good and be appreciative
We all do it, there is a tendency to get caught up in the things that go wrong in life (you can see in my previous blog post about emotions I am a victim of it myself!) and feel like we’re living under our own private rain cloud, not only this but we can often take the good things and people in our lives for granted.
As a result, we often overlook so much goodness in our lives – a kind gesture from a stranger, say, or the fact we have a warm bed to wake up in. In the process, we frequently miss opportunities for small glimmers of happiness and connection.
By using the power of being grateful, listing three positive things that have happened in your day – and considering what caused them – you tune into the sources of goodness in your life. It’s a habit that can change your emotional response to situations, replacing feelings of disappointment or entitlement with those of gratitude. Scientists say those who practice regular gratitude experience higher levels of happiness. We wrote a whole blog about the importance of gratitude and you can read it here if you like.
2. Best Possible Self
Sometimes our goals in life can be elusive and when they go wrong then we can really hit a downward spiral! Your optimism slowly declines as more and more hopes turn out to be closed doors but research suggests that maintaining a dream like mindset full of optimism about the future can motivate people to work toward that desired future and thus make it more likely to become a reality ( a bit like how Battle of Mind started I guess! ).
I want you to write down, cut out pictures and envision your ‘best’ possible life and put it somewhere u can see every single day. This is something we call a vision board and then it can give you drive and motivation to try and make those things in your best possible life situation come into reality. By doing this, you’ll not only increase your creativity and happiness in the present moment of building it but pave the way for sustained happiness down the line. Sometimes happiness is not the arriving at the destination but at the journey of getting there.
3. Positive Events
Lastly , this suggestion is a no brainer and doesn’t take rocket science to work out…do more of the things that make us happy!
When life gets busy, or our mind becomes cluttered we forget to do those activities we find enjoyable. Intentionally scheduling a variety of enjoyable activities into the day can help overcome this barrier to happiness.
This exercise prompts you to engage in a variety of activities associated with happiness and reflect on how they make you feel.
Different kinds of activities bring different kinds of satisfaction, and different levels for different people, all of which contribute uniquely to happiness.
Research suggests that varying your activities and providing novelty in your daily activities is an important component of happiness. So trying a number of different activities , or experiencing new things such as maybe trying to use a potter’s wheel or going to a new city you’ve never been before can prevent you from getting so used to any one enjoyable activity that it ceases to bring you pleasure.
Make yourself a little more happy
So in conclusion, we can all do small things to improve our feelings of happiness. Try to write down 10 things that you would like to experience before the end of the year then make time to make them happen. Have a variety of small things and big things from things like going the park a bit more for a walk to going to a gig or visiting a new city/country. What would you love to do if you could do it tomorrow? Please comment below.