Everyone wants to be happy! In fact, it is our right to pursue it. Here are some ways to inject happiness into your day – quickly and easily, right now.
Here they are, three ways you can start to feel happy immediately. The first is really the only one you need. Sometimes it’s a little hard to do, though, so you might need the other two now and then.
1. Choose to be happy. It is actually just about as easy as that. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can choose your attitude.
Even if you fake it, something strange happens in your body and its chemistry changes to reflect the mood or attitude you are creating.
Choose to smile. Decide you will smile a hundred times today. Even if you force the smiles, you will begin to feel happier.
Choose to be in charge of your happiness and not let others lead you astray. If you encounter stress or negativity, decide not to let it overwhelm you.
2. Count your blessings. That’s the term I grew up with, but today people say “cultivate gratitude.” The net effect is the same: it makes you feel happy!
Think of one person who has had a good influence on your life or even just your week – and pick up the phone and just say thanks. It is like sharing happiness!
Stop and smell the roses – literally. Take a moment to watch the sunrise or sunset, walk barefoot, run your hands under a cool flow of water…
Do anything physical where you can connect your body with your surroundings. And be thankful.
3. Do something that feels meaningful. Small or big – it doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, just purposeful or worthwhile in some way, like a warm conversation with a friend.
Taking a special moment for something that feed you spiritually works too.
Think about whatever it is that you are doing. Relishing a moment is like ice cream for the soul. Even mundane things like making a sandwich or doing the laundry have value.
Get geeky about doing them or about what they enable you to do. Sometimes you can get happy just thinking about how far you have come or what you have achieved.
Fire up your memory and think back over the past week or year – simply acknowledge the things you have done or tried. Recall one thing that made you smile.
Hacking happiness is fairly straight forward. Research has proven that the mind-body connection works both ways. Your body responds to your mind, and your mind also responds to your body.
Choose happiness and your body chemistry will respond, loosening you up and reducing stress.
Act as if you are happy, and your subconscious will start up those good-feeling hormones and soon you will actually be happy.
Feeding what is significant lights your inner pilot light and begins to warm you up.
Have a very happy day!!
Author: Sue Hines