Are you as happy as you want to be? Are you as happy as you can be? If the idea of being happier is one that appeals to you, then we’ve got some advice that’s going to make you smile in time for National Happiness Happens Day on August 8th.
There are things you can do and habits that you practice regularly that will boost your enjoyment for life and leave you looking and feeling better than ever before.
If at first, they seem a little difficult, or if you’re having a hard time putting yourself at the top of your to-do list, don’t worry—you’ll figure it out. You’re important, and you deserve to be as happy as possible.
1. Learn to say “No”
It sounds easy, but if you’re one of those people, you know how hard it is. Many people have a hard time saying no, even though they really want to. Learning when to say no and when to say yes, will make you happier in the long run.
Start giving random compliments to people, acquaintances, and strangers alike. Not only does this make them feel great, but it forces you to start looking for things you like and being more positive.
Much like giving compliments, practicing random acts of kindness goes a step further. Once you’re comfortable with complimenting people, start doing nice things for others, hold a door, pay it forward at the coffee shop, do something to make someone’s day.
4. Let it go
Take a tip from Elsa here, if something is causing negative feelings or resentment, let it go. Either fix the problem or move on. There’s nothing to be gained by holding on to bad feelings.
5. Ask yourself
Rather than seeking advice from the outside world, check with yourself to see if you already have the answer. Likewise, if people keep telling you what to do and it makes you feel defensive, ignore them. You know what’s right for you in most situations and only you know what your inner motivations are.
Defining yourself by your bank statement is a surefire way to feel constantly defeated. Even if you have a lot of money in the bank, letting that fact define you ultimately ignores all of the wonderful qualities that you have and focuses on something external. Let your talents define you, and let go of money as a measure of self-worth.
7. Do what makes you happy
If you always wanted to be a dancer, are you dancing? You don’t have to live up to your wildest dream to be happy, but you have to make it a part of your life. So dance, sing, paint, write–actively do whatever it is that gives you joy.
When you start looking for things to compliment others on, start looking for things you like about your life. Whether it’s simply the fact that you have a bed to sleep in or it’s the beautiful sunset you took a moment to appreciate, look around you and be grateful for the little things.
9. Like yourself
More than just liking yourself, go a step further and realize that your opinion is what matters most in this aspect. Wanting other people to like you is natural, but accepting the fact that not everyone will, is liberating. If you’re a good person and you like who you are, then it doesn’t really matter if others feel the same way.
10. Prioritize yourself
As mentioned in the beginning, you deserve this. Your happiness cannot be understated, and you need to invest in your mental, physical, and emotional health. It’s that easy, and yet it can be one of the hardest things for people to do. Self-care should be at the top of your priority list.
To put it simply
Happiness should be a part of your daily life. There should be moments that fill you with joy and make you smile on a regular basis. Unfortunately, too many of us look outside of ourselves to find happiness when the secret lies within.
Learn to put yourself first, embrace who you are and what you bring to this world, and then look outside yourself to see the positive effect you can have on the world around you. When you become happy with yourself and see your potential, that’s when the world starts changing, and you suddenly realize your value. Give it a try–you deserve all the happiness you can create.