Being happy isn’t always a feeling. Rather, it’s a state of mind. It’s something that you have chosen and it’s often something that is within our own control. Here are a few easy ways you can make happiness part of your daily routine.
1. Take Time to Relax
setting aside time to slow down and have some “me” time will leave us more emotionally prepared to handle more challenging or stressful periods in our life.
2. Nurture Positive Relationships
Your time is precious, so try not to waste it by spending time with negative influences in your life. Try to focus your energy on nurturing positive relationships with family and friends who lift you up rather than tear your down.
3. Meet New People
Have a hobby? Like playing sports? Try signing up for clubs or sports teams that force you to meet people you wouldn’t meet otherwise. Not only will this help you form community, but it will also help you gain new perspectives and ideas.
4. Reduce Clutter
5. Work Out
Studies have shown that regular exercise has been proven to make people feel happier. This is accomplished through the release of endorphins in your brain. During exercise, your body releases a chemical which is designed to fight stress. You don’t even have to work out that hard to get the endorphin rush you need. All you have to do is get some focused 20 minutes in to get the full happiness boost every day.
6. Help Others
7. Cook Your Own Food
Embrace your inner homemaker. Not only is making your own food cheaper than getting takeout, but it is also much healthier. It is also an important life skill that will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment once you’ve mastered a recipe or two.
8. Nod Your Head While Talking
Want to persuade someone to agree with what you’re saying? Nodding while you try to deliver your message is a powerful way to get someone to agree with you. People like to mimic others, so they will probably nod back while you talk. This will then communicate to their brains that they have agreed with what you just said.
9. Confidence is More Important Than Knowledge
Stand up straight and project your voice clearly and confidently. This is a simple way to project confidence to others. Ultimately, the more confident you appear, the more likely others will trust and put faith in you.
10. Chew Gum If You’re Feeling Nervous
11. Always refer to people using their name