Smile – Even when you don’t feel happy, smiling has been proven to alleviate stress. Encouraging yourself to look happy actually makes you happy. Give it a try! Notice how fast your negative mood changes. Can’t seem to force it? Imagine a t-rex attempting to put a hat on. Smiling yet?
Exercise – Exercise is not only physically great for you, but also mentally beneficial. Working out de-stresses the mind. Feel-good neurochemicals, serotonin and dopamine rise in your body as you work out.
Discover Hobbies – What do you like? What makes you happy? What is your passion? Ask yourself these questions. Try new things and have an open mind. You might be surprised at what you discover.
Express Gratitude – Think about and express how truly grateful you are. Research shows us that feeling thankful has healthy benefits. Your immune system improves and you feel connected to others. Our confidence and creativity are increased when we express gratitude.
Have a Sense of Humor – Laughing has extraordinary benefits and simply makes living life enjoyable. It attracts the right kind of people around you and activates parts of the brain important for learning and comprehending. Laughter helps you put aside your problems, allowing you to deal with them later with a clearer mind.
Listen to Music – Music has the power to sooth us. It has a tremendous effect on our mind as it absorbs our attention and affects our emotions. Our preferences for music vary greatly, so it’s up to you to decide which genres you prefer. Try creating a playlist with songs you enjoy and take notice on how they affect your mood.
Socialize – We are social beings. Enjoying the company of friends allows us to feel accepted and connected. Senses of safety, security and belonging are all heightened from social support. Spend time with family and friends, join a club and get involved.
Set Goals – Ambition makes you happier. Set goals and strive to achieve them. If you set high goals, you’re more likely to feel satisfied and happier in the long run. Also, believe that you can achieve them. Once you believe in yourself, your confidence will build and you’ll feel fulfilled with what you accomplish.