Have you been stuck in a rut lately, feeling like genuine happiness is virtually impossible to obtain? Whatever trials you are facing at this very moment will surely pass. Happiness is right before our eyes. Here are 17 simple ways to seek out happiness in your every day lives, and how I managed to keep my sanity during a period of turmoil:
1. Get outside.
It has been scientifically proven that being outdoors helps alleviate feelings of sadness and depression. Sit for a while and pay close attention to your surroundings; I guarantee you’ll soon be reminded of the beauty of life.
2. Forgive and forget.
Holding grudges serves absolutely no purpose in life. We’ve all been bruised before, some worse than others, but no matter the situation, you will always be better off leaving it in the past. If not for their sake, forgive them for your own.
3. Take up yoga.
Not only is this a great workout, but it is a great method of relaxation. Learning to take slow, deep breaths is not just good for your physical health, but mental, as well.
4. Reach out to loved ones.
Tell your friends and family that you love them. Life is incredibly precious and as cliche as it sounds, we never know when our time on Earth is going to end. Shoot them a text and ask them how they’re doing. Let your loved ones know that you care, even if it’s been a while.
5. Find your passion.
Whether it’s writing, drawing, playing sports, or learning to play an instrument, find something that makes you feel alive.
6. Stop eating junk food.
Do you have any idea what you are actually putting into your body? They make healthy frozen dinners that you can throw in a microwave and have ready in less than ten minutes. You really have no excuse not to take care of yourself.
Kindness never goes out of style, and that is a fact. Making others smile can go a long way for your own sense of happiness and fulfillment.
8. Wake up early
Use your time wisely and plan your day accordingly. I especially struggle with this one, but one thing I’ve noticed is that the earlier I wake up, the more I get done.
9. Surround yourself with positive people.
Your vibe attracts your tribe. If you make a point to surround yourself with kind, caring, and goal-oriented people, these qualities are bound to rub off on you.
10. Stop caring what others think.
You might think people are watching and judging your every move, but in all honesty, they probably care less than you think. So you shouldn’t care either.
11. Stop worrying.
Most of the time all those horrible, traumatic scenarios that we concoct in our heads never end up happening. Save yourself the trouble and stop worrying, especially if it’s something you have no control over.
12. Make mistakes. Learn from them.
Here’s something I learned from school that actually applies in the real world: you never fail until you stop trying. As long as you are making mistakes and learning from them, you are on the track to success.
13. Disconnect every once in a while.
Turn your phone off for a week and tell me you don’t feel more alive. If you can’t go as far as to cut all ties with technology, at least take a brief hiatus from social media.
14. Laugh. As much as you can, as often as you can.
I’m a firm believer that laughter can cure most ailments. Go see that romantic comedy you’ve been meaning to watch, hangout with that hilarious friend from high school, laugh until you cry.
15. Get a good night’s rest.
This is truly imperative to your well being, not just physically, but mentally, as well. You should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night, if not more. If you find yourself catching less shut eye, make a conscious effort to turn off all electronics an hour before bed so you have some time to relax & unwind.
16. Make it a goal to make someone smile every day.
It doesn’t have to be something extravagant. It truly is the little things that mean the most in life – such as smiling at a passerby, complimenting someone on a feature or outfit, or even holding the door open for the person behind you.
17. Start a gratitude journal.
Write down five positive things that happen to you each day, and five things you are looking forward to in the future.
I know that if you are truly struggling, happiness will not happen overnight. However, if you work to implement these positive life changes each and every day, I guarantee things will eventually get better.