Do you feel happy all the time? Of course, nobody is happy all the time, but what would you say your happiness to not being happy ratio is? Is it what you want it to be? Are you looking for ways to bring more positivity into your life?
Thankfully, this is an extremely common question, one that more and more people are asking themselves every day, but there’s so much that you can do to bring a smile to your face.
If you’re looking for somewhere to begin, here are 10 essential ways on how to do just that!
1. Change Your Mindset
The first, and most important, way to bring positivity into your life is to think positively! Of course, this may sound easier said than done, but everything that happens in your life, no matter how big or small it may be, view it in a positive light.
There is good that comes from everything, no matter how bad it is, you’ve just got to look for it.
2. Rid Yourself of Negative Thoughts
Hand in hand with the consideration above, it’s not uncommon for people to be completely burdened with negative thoughts in this day and age. But, in fact, getting rid of these thoughts is easier said than done.
“When you have a negative thought, write it down on a scrap of paper, read it back to yourself a couple of times and then rip it up and put it in the bin.
3. Exercise More Regularly
Scientifically speaking, every time you exercise, whether you’re going for a run or hitting the gym, your brain releases endorphins, a chemical in your brain that contributes to making you happy.
If you’re sat at a desk all day, try signing up or a gym, or even just increase the amount you walk, and you’ll notice an instant uplift in your mood.
4. Cut Down on Social Media
How much time do you spend on social media? Perhaps an hour?
However, recent studies found this was closer to the 2-hour mark, and it’s only ever increasing. In Western societies especially, it’s been shown that some individuals are spending more than 4-5 hours a day on the platform.
Social media has known links with anxiety and depression, especially in young people, which, of course, is the opposite of happiness.
Try cutting down to just half an hour a day and see how much better you feel.
5. Experiences with Material Objects
So many of us are caught in the trap of trying to collect possessions and material objects because we think that they make us happy.
Most notably, things like a new Smart TV, a new car or a new smartphone and we think that it will complete us.
“This is far from the case. Your mind doesn’t remember how good a TV is; it remembers how you feel when you’re on a beach with friends, spending time with your family, or doing something you love, like a hobby or even going for a walk by yourself”
6. Becoming Mindful
The practice of mindfulness, more commonly known as mediation, is rapidly becoming more and more popular all over the world.
It’s a practice that has been around for over 5,000 years and is a great way of getting in touch with yourself and your mind.
If you meditate while feeling stress or negative, giving yourself the time to stop what you’re doing, and breath is a great way to address these thoughts and come to peace with them.
7. Writing Down the Best Bits
Writing down what you’re grateful for in your life is nothing new and may have been practiced for hundreds of years.
As soon as you wake up in the morning, or the last thing you do before you go to bed, simply write down five things that you’re grateful for in your life, no matter how big or small they are.
This is a great way to open your mind and to appreciate the things around you.
8. Try Helping Others
When you put your mind to it, you may realise that your life isn’t really that bad, especially when you start writing down the things you’re grateful for and changing your mind into a positive mindset.
However, there are others out there that are still in pain or are going through worse situations than yourself.
Dedicating just a little bit of time to these people, even in the form of charity or volunteer work, is not only highly rewarding but such a positive experience for everybody involved.
9. Live the Life You Want to Live
Yeah, wouldn’t this be great? Thankfully, it’s not impossible, and it’s actually rather easy when you put your mind to it. By visualizing and defining in your mind what kind of life you want to live, you can make it come true.
10. Don’t Forget to Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important functions our bodies carry out. We all live such fast-paced lives where we get up, rush breakfast, run and commute to work, are busy all day in the office, rush home, dinner, gym, TV, bed. Sleep can easily become a bottom priority when things overrun.
However, this is your time to relax and refresh your body, so it’s working at optimal levels. Practice sleeping properly for a week, and you’ll notice an instant life in your mood.
Written by:- Rachel Summers