So, it’s hard to become that peppy bright person if it isn’t in your making. Whether it’s life that is bringing you down, a recent breakup or the gloomy weather, it’s hard to get out of a bad mood once it’s taken hold of you. The good news is that you can work at becoming happier. All good things take time and effort. There isn’t a magic pill that will bring happiness into your life. Or actually, if you go to your local psychiatrist, there might be, but not all of us want to go in that direction. Fortunately, happiness can come from making little tweaks in your life and it's little small actions you can do daily that can go a long way. So, why not try out these little changes that could change you from a negative and cheerful in no time.
An apple a day keeps the blues away. That’s the saying, right? Fruit is delicious and makes people happy, so why not make it a daily thing? No need to consume the whole bunch of bananas but make sure you get at least one fruit in.
Count Your Blessings
It’s easy to get caught up in the negative. “I didn’t get that job I wanted.” “I’m never going to meet a man.” Or my personal favorite(and much used), “I’m so broke.” However, you can focus on the negative until you’re blue in the face. And I hear having a blue face is so not in this year. So, instead of examining all the things that are going wrong in your life, why not think about all the things are going right. Count your blessings because we all have something to be thankful for.
A great way to go about this is to keep a journal and just write in one or two things first thing in the morning. Alternatively you can do what I really want to and sign up for the five minute journal. Hey guys, please sponsor a lady in need!
Start Your Day Off Right
The fastest way to grump-town is waking up on the wrong side of the bed. It’s easier to keep a good mood if you can start out your day on the right foot. That means making your mornings happy. Play songs that will kickstart your day. Or go running outside and get your endorphins going. Whatever will put you in a good mood is worth trying.
Behold the power of positive thinking. The way you think has a huge effect on your mood and your actions. Often, we aren’t even aware of our inner thoughts. Because of this, we need to realize what kind of thoughts we are having and possible re-evaluate the way we view things. We can see a situation in many lights, so why not see with a brighter and jubilant light?
Accomplish One Thing A Day
Feeling productive can make you feel better. Why do you think Mr. Clean is always smiling? Everyday have one task in mind that you want to accomplish. It doesn’t have to be to climb Mt. Everest. It could be to finish off that bar of chocolate. The point is to have something you want to finish that day and feel good about before you go to sleep. I always make sure to make the bed as an addition. Making your bed gets you into the mood of being productive faster than you would believe.
Do Something Nice
This tweak is probably my favorite. Sometimes the way to feel nice is to be nice. Doing something kind for another person will not only make that person happy, but it will also make you feel better about yourself. Being nice, whether that is smiling and saying “hi” to a stranger or packing in an extra lunch bar for your colleague — these kinds acts go a long way.
Sometimes you’ve just got to pretend you’re on a dating show and start eliminating people in your life. Okay, it doesn’t have to be as cutthroat as I made it. But, you should take note of the people you surround yourself with. If your friends give off a “Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants” vibe, then you are a-okay. However, if they are more of a “Mean Girls” type, then you probably want to rethink who you spend time with. Misery likes company, and your company could be making you miserable. Please note that even positive thinkers are not always the best to surround yourself with. Surround yourself with people that treat you well.
No, I don’t mean move to another country to find happiness. I mean move your body! Exercising is a great way to feel happier. It releases endorphins and has you feeling like you can conquer anything. Just doing a few stretches is therapy for some, and much cheaper than a therapist.
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