5 Ways To Increase Happiness In Your Life
We all want to be happy, undeniably.
For some people happiness comes easier than others, but what i’m starting to understand is that happiness, that sense of connection and ease of appreciating the good moments and being more graceful and resilient during the difficult ones, is a skill and strength that we can all build.
there are also several other scientifically-proven activities which when done habitually, can help us in our quest for happiness. After looking through many of these suggestions which are supported by studies and experiments, I want to share the following 5 with you.
1. Start each day with a smile.
This is more than a simple suggestion. It’s backed by science. When you smile, you not only trigger smile muscles in others, according to research, you also benefit. Smiling activates neural brain circuits associated with well-being and happiness. It also feels good to smile, especially when you do it regularly.
2. Practice non-violent communication toward yourself
I’ve known for a long time we’re our own worst critics and the way we talk to ourselves has a major impact on how we feel. Being a little self-critical is okay, but most of us experience it all too regularly. That has to be nipped in the bud as a practice. See if you can label any of that self-judgment and in that moment flip it to actively thinking about things you like about yourself.
3. Buy Some Experience
Money is better spent on acquiring life experiences rather than for material possessions. Acquired experiences are less tangible (compared to physical pursuits) and hence, harder to subject to social comparison.
Aside from strengthening social relationships, the experience also becomes more and more memorable as time passes. Our minds naturally reinterpret our experiences retrospectively in a positive manner. For instance, each time we revisit our cherished memories of the last vacation trip we took with family or friends, the hassles and frustrations experienced during the trip are conveniently forgotten.
4. Do what you’re most passionate about.
If you get swept up in what you do for a living, barely noticing the passage of time, or can’t wait to get to your job or participate in an activity with friends, you’re engaging in what you find most passionately about. Pursuing your passions is highly conducive to increased happiness and, contrary to a mistaken notion that to do so is selfish, when you do what you’re most passionate about, you’re helping develop your potential and contributing to higher self-esteem and overall well-being.
5. Reflect on your blessings and be grateful.
Everyone has something in their life to be grateful for. Most of us have many, many blessings. A simple ritual of daily reflection is enough to center in on them and allows us to take a few moments to express personal gratitude for all that we have been given in life. Good health, loving family, satisfying relationships, an enjoyable career – the list is endless and highly personal.