10 ways to feel happy now

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 Written by Sarah PJ White

We all experience different moods. When we’re happy, we feel great – but when we experience lower moods or general ‘down’ days – it can be difficult to pick yourself back up again.

Bringing more happiness into your daily life doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, you just need to create a list of happy things to do and/or experience! So here’s a list of ten different ways to kick-start your own happiness list – and to help you start feeling happier now.

#1: Exercise

When you exercise you release endorphins that make you feel happier. So aim to exercise for at least 7 minutes every day – to get both happier and healthier!

#2: Get enough sleep

Sleep – it’s something we all need to function at our best – but we often don’t get enough of it. Learn to sleep when you need it, either by having a nap during the day and/or go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you currently do, in order to feel happier. (By the way, being happier will also help you sleep better!)

#3: Spend time with those who make you happy

Whether it’s your friends and/or family, start building on the time you spend with those people who make you feel joyful – and start spending less time with those who don’t.

#4: Get outside

Make it your daily goal to get outside for at least five minutes a day – several times a day, ideally. Not only does the warmth of the sun make us feel happier and alive, it also tops up essential vitamin D levels, meaning an increase in serotonin levels – meaning better (and happier) moods.

#5: Look to help others

Helping others, and seeing the results of your efforts, will make you feel happier and a better human being. It changes your perspective from you to others and you feel good when they appreciate you and in yourself for helping - double happy boost!

#6: Smile!

Even if you have to initially start by faking it, a smile exercises your facial muscles and helps lift your mood. Your brain can't tell the difference and gives you the boost of happy endorphins each time you smile, real or fake.

#7: Mediate

Meditation gives you the time and space to connect with yourself and learn to listen to your intuition and inner guidance – and who wouldn’t feel happier, if they knew they were trusting themselves more? Taking the time out to let the thoughts stop gives you extra space, perspective and clarity in your own mind.

#8: Practice gratitude

Being grateful for what you have, who you are and the life you have, ensures you are keeping your focus on the positive – and what you focus on becomes a reality – so also be grateful for the positive things that are currently heading towards you. Each day find three things to be grateful for, sometimes the small things are the best to be grateful for like tea being made in your favourite mug.

#9: Pass out the hugs

Hugging someone not only passes on a warm feeling, it also builds trust and opens communication, as well as boosts oxytocin levels – healing feelings of loneliness, isolation and anger. Length of hugs can be increased with people you know, so you feel that oxytocin flowing.

#10: Make a change

Sometimes, happiness comes to us when we simply make a decision to change something. So, if what you’re doing isn’t making you happy – look to make a change. When you are ready to make a change, get in touch or sign up for Finding Your Joy Formula

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