For the most part in my life I have been a happy person, but like most everyone I have had some very dark, scary moments. That being said I always seem to find myself and happiness, the real me. Happiness is something everyone deserves and we all should all strive for. There is really no point in being mad, lowsey and depressed because life is short and we only have limited time here on earth so might as well be happy 😉
13 Ways To Become A Happier Person
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Statistics Canada surveys reveal that 25 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 regularly have trouble getting to sleep, and 3.3 million Canadians suffer from insomnia. People with insomnia produce higher rates of stress hormones than others, according to new research. This puts their bodies in a hyper-aroused state that can make it difficult for them to wind down. The inability to sleep causes more stress, which can have a devastating impact. People who don’t get enough sleep can become depressed, and that causes insomnia. Inversely, more and better-quality sleep can make you feel happier.
Spend More Time With Friends/Family:
Money can’t buy happiness, and when it is all said and done all that really matters is relationships. Love conquers all.
Get Outside More:
The World Health Organization has suggested that more diseases can be attributed to not enough sunlight than too much. Many major health benefits come from the production of vitamin D, which our skin produces when it comes in contact with UVB radiation. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a plethora of mental and physical problems and studies say that vitamin D supplements aren’t enough to replace natural sunlight. Just 10–15 minutes of direct sunlight, without sunglasses, produces health benefits.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh concur that getting outside and soaking in the sun might have more benefits than risks. When our skin is exposed to the sunlight, the chemical nitric oxide is released into the blood stream that combats high blood pressure, a benefit that reduces the risk of heart disease and can prolong life. Furthermore, getting in touch with nature has been shown to improve moods and reduce stress.
Daily acts of kindness and altruism can promote happiness and higher overall life satisfaction. In a study published in The Journal of Social Psychology, three groups of people were given different tasks. Every day for 10 days, one group was required to perform one act of altruism, another had to try something new, and the third group was told to live as they normally would. The first two groups reported higher levels of happiness after the 10-day period, suggesting that new activities and acts of giving can significantly improve our satisfaction in life.
Researchers at the University of Cardiff in Wales studied people who had Botox injections and experienced difficulty frowning as a result of paralyzed facial muscles. Those who had did reported higher levels of joy than people who had no problem frowning, regardless of their actual levels of self-confidence. The researchers point to this as proof of the mind-body connection when it comes to happiness—if frowning can make you feel sadder, smiling can make you feel happier.
Explore The World:
Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being – and not just in the short-term. Whether you’re traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences and memories, breaking routine and allowing you to meet people from all over the world.
Meditation is about turning off the negative chatter that creates anxiety. It’s about breathing and letting go. By focusing on positive energy and thoughts, you are able to reduce the anxiety that you might be holding onto.
Through meditation you can relax knowing that any time anxiety rears its ugly head, you have the tools to deal with it. Deep breaths and a quiet moment may be all that’s needed to calm anxious nerves.
Work For Yourself (Home Based Business):
Knowing that you control you destiny and outcome rather than a company or corporation controlling it gives us great satisfaction even in the beginning when were not making too much income. The fact we don’t have to report to a boss, we have time freedom and can enjoy time with loved ones is a huge perk.
- Practice Gratitude:
Being grateful for what you have is important to happiness because once we stop expecting and start enjoying the real things in life that money can’t buy is when we truly find ourselves and inner peace. Choose Love Over Hate.
Don’t worry be happy, what will be will be you can only control what you do and how you react. You can not control other people.
Have 1 or 2 Cheat Days:
Eating healthy is fun and makes you happy because obviously your body feels good when it is getting the proper nutrients. However it is also import to have balance in life which means indulging sometimes. I love pizza, chicken wings and french fries, I don’t eat them everyday but I do 1 or 2 days per week and let me tell you it sure make me happy 😉
Buy some happiness:
Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do. You also want to have a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. Look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with family and friends; to promote health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes; and to have enlarging experiences. When you buy yourself things you like, love or are comforting it naturally makes you happy for example, I had a business/company function to go to so I went out and bought some new clothes, shoes, etc. and it made me happy. Shopping is something that is like a meditation for me and also it makes me happy to buy things I like.
Final Thoughts: Living life is not easy and anyone who tells you it is..is a fool. All you can do is choose to be happy everyday, be your best, help people, love people and treat your mind, body and spirit well. Everyday is a gift and I live everyday like it’s my last, enjoying and exploring the journey of life, going through the good times and bad times. Enjoying special moments and times with friends. That is what life is really all about, do what you want and follow your dreams listening to beautiful music.
Whole Health Coach & Humanitarian
Decide Abundance INC