When it comes to happiness, it’s easy to just let it take the backseat. Between the drop-offs and pick-ups, the laundry, and the hundreds of unanswered emails, we often find ourselves feeling drained and uninspired, with no energy left for anything else. But the secrets to happiness really aren’t all that mysterious. It just takes a moment to remind ourselves of the secrets to happiness we keep forgetting.
10 Secrets to Happiness
Take Pleasure in the Small Stuff
Where ever you are, whatever you are doing, take a moment to be in that moment. What is there to take pleasure in? Check in with your senses. Does the laundry detergent smell heavenly? Can you hear the playful laughter of children? Does the tactile touch of your favorite scarf feel soft and comforting around your shoulders? Find something, anything, right now, wherever you are to take pleasure in, and your day is sure to feel a lighter.
We humans do better when we have something to look forward to. Make plans for something big, like a vacation next year, or for something small like a coffee date with a girlfriend next week. Having a plan keeps us connected to an important component of happiness: hope. It reminds us that even though today might not be going well, tomorrow could be completely different.
Think Positive Thoughts
By now we’ve all heard of the Law of Attraction and the theory that our thoughts create our destiny. Regardless whether you believe you can manifest your dreams through affirmations, the sheer act of thinking positive thoughts does put us in a positive frame of mind and therefore more open to the good things that life has in store for us. Negativity has a way of perpetuating negativity, so when you find yourself stuck in a negative thought, check to see if it factual. Is it blown out of proportion? Is it rational? Try replacing it with a positive thought, and hold on it to it with all your might.
Let Go of Judgments
Make a conscious effort to let go of judgments of others. Replace criticism for graciousness, and make efforts to show compassion to everyone you meet. Remember, everyone is fighting some kind of battle. If you make an effort to be kind and non-judgmental to others, you might be surprised to see how much easier it is to stop judging yourself.
Focus on Gratitude
Stuck in a bad place today? Pick up a pen and a piece of paper. Write down every single thing you can possibly think of that you have to be grateful for. Even the small silly stuff. Do it! Right now! See, don’t you feel better already?
Remember the Power of Music
Music has a powerful affect on our mood. Think about every big Hollywood blockbuster and their dramatic musical scores and television commercials that use music to strike an emotional chord. Don’t underestimate the power of driving with the radio turned up loud, or putting in a pair of ear buds and dancing around your living room. Extra points if you play air guitar or hold up an air microphone.
Find Your Balance
What is it that helps you feel balanced? Is it making time for friends and socializing? Is it yoga? Scheduling down-time? Whatever it is that helps you feel centered, make time for that. Take a look at your schedule. Is there one particular area of your life you find yourself neglecting? Finding balance in the midst of a hectic world makes it easier to stay in a place of peace and contentment.
Take Care of your Basic Needs
Make sure you are taking time to attend to you most basic needs. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating breakfast? Getting enough fruit and veggies and water? Exercising? Remember, the analogy of putting the oxygen mask on yourself first. It’s important that you take care of your health so that you are in a good place to take care of others.
Studies have shown that hugging lowers your blood pressure and decreases cortisol, a stress hormone. Not only is hugging good for your health, it feels amazing. So grab your kids, your husband, your mom, and your best friend and give them a great big hug.
Feed Your Soul
What is it that feeds your soul? That inspires you and gets your juices flowing? Is it music? Is it reading? Is it crafts, or art, or some other creative endeavor? Whatever it is that makes you feel whole and fulfilled, spend more time doing that.
Make a little time for happiness today. It’s not far out of reach. Just take a moment to remember the secrets you already knew but keep forgetting.
What secrets to happiness do you need to remember?
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