Have you ever wondered how you could be happier? It is something that is unique to each individual person and can often change based on things out of our control. Have you ever gotten sad because it’s cold out, or felt happier when the sun made its appearance? It’s recognizing these traits that will help you have more moments of happiness in your daily life – but what about the ones you can control? If you know what you can do to make yourself happier, that’s incredible – you’re already one step ahead of us. For those of us that need a little help in that department, we’ve come up with a few solutions to help you kick your negativity to the curb and jump-start your positive, happier behaviour in five minutes!
Minute of Gratitude
This is one of the most affective ways to help your mood go from terrible to terrific in less time then it takes for you to put your shoes on! When everything is going wrong, it’s hard to break the ‘whoa-is-me’ bubble you’re living in. You get easily sucked into everything that is going wrong and you find yourself circling a drain that almost encourages negative thinking. If you find yourself in this state of mind, stop and think about all the things that have gone right in your life. Side note: it doesn’t have to be from the day you’re having. If it’s pulling things you did last week or five years ago, then by all means let it brighten your day! The change in mood should help you see more positively and think your way through the solution at hand.
Pay it Forward
Measuring happiness is a personal preference. Some may be happier when thinking of the future (a trip or event), others may find gratification in purchasing something. There are some however, that find sheer joy in helping complete strangers. It may seem like just a simple act of kindness to buy the person’s coffee behind you, or give them a discount code you’re not using – but it reminds us that we’re all in this world together. And unless you’re the Grinch, this will be a great way to brighten not only your day but someone else’s as well.
3-Minute Slow Down
With every one being in such a hurry these days, it’s hard to remind ourselves to take a break and be thankful for all we do in this crazy world. Whether it’s in the morning or before you go to bed, try to reconnect your body and mind. Start by taking three deep breaths while stretching your arms up or touching your toes. Focusing on nothing more than just your breathing and letting your thoughts drift off, it is a great way to clear your mind! Not sure where to start? Try these breathing exercises to get you started.
Say Yes (or NO!)
It may sound simple, but try thinking back to the last time you were truly open-minded and didn’t just have an answer ready before the question was finished being asked. We’re not saying you should be forced into something you don’t want to do; we’re just suggesting you try to keep an open mind to new adventures. Try saying Yes more often, or using more positive wording in general. Talking negatively only puts you in that mind set – so try applying positivity to your daily life (even when speaking) and you’ll be surprised at the results!