Happiness is a state of mind. Specifically, it is a state of “well-being and contentment.”
But the definition can be tricky and assumptions about the word can cause confusion. Many don’t even realize learning how to be happy is something that can be intentionally practiced. Some people, when they hear the word ‘happiness,’ assume it is speaking of an emotion such as pleasure or joy. For them, it is what people feel in the immediate here and now.
In fact, experiencing happiness does not represent short-term emotions, but rather a quality of life - a much longer-term vision.
Below are some simple methods that, by applying them constantly, you can start to feel happier:
1. Graze with more enthusiasm
Scientists say that walking with a straight back and swinging arms helps you feel more positive! Even if you don't feel happy, such a walk can help you get the feeling of optimism, which, in time, will become a lifestyle.
2. Smile constantly
Do you want to lift your spirits? "Lift" the corners of your mouth. When you smile, your brain chemistry changes and you end up feeling happier.
Look for ways to get involved in your community or help a friend in need. You will also help yourself, in this way, because you improve your mental health and well-being.
4. Make new friends
Expand your circle of friends. This makes you feel good while spending time with people who care about you. So be open to new relationships, whether it's someone you meet at the office, at the gym, in the park or anywhere else. At the same time, make sure that you manage to maintain these connections throughout your life. Studies show that the more connected you are to your social life, the happier you are.
5. Make a list of all the good things in your life
Write down everything that is good in your life. The more effort you make to look at the good side, the more you manage to stay focused on the positive side of your life.
6. Practice sport
5 minutes are enough for physical exercise to put you in a better mood. Moving your body also has long-term beneficial effects: regular exercise helps keep depression at bay.
7. Forgive and forget
Are you the type to hold a grudge? Let it pass. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room in your life for inner peace. And that brings you happiness...
8. Practice mindfulness
Meditate one hour a week. This will give you a dose of joy, peace and contentment. It will also create new connections in your brain and you will feel more joy.
9. Put your inner critic to work
You know that inner voice that likes to point out everything that isn't so great? Try to notice when it takes control of your mood. Sometimes it has a positive role and informs you about the things that require your attention. But, other times, this inner voice makes things seem worse than they really are. So, ask yourself: "Is it true?"
10. Seek the company of optimistic people
This is because those with whom you spend the most time have a huge influence on your mood, on the way you see the world and on the expectations you have of yourself.
Surrounding yourself with good people can affect every aspect of your life, from business to romantic relationships. When you surround yourself with positivity, you have more chances to adopt optimistic beliefs and to understand that life happens for you and not for you. Just as, in the opposite case, you suffer when those in your social or work circles are negative or narrow-minded.
So, why not use the company of optimistic people to your advantage?!
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