I’ve written that being happy is our choice and should come from within. We make our own happiness and shouldn’t rely on others to ‘make us happy’. Life is not always easy and being happy all the time is just not human really. I do know some people who always appear happy and positive but I’m sure they have their ‘down’ days too – that is only natural.
When, I’m not feeling great I usually need to get myself out of the funk and that means doing something. So I’d like to share 5 tips I use to feeling happier – even when I don’t feel like it.
5 quick tips to feeling happier
1. Look in the mirror and smile
Research has shown that just the act of smiling (even if you don’t feel like) can have an instant boost to your mood. Ron Gutman, author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act writes that smiling is healthy for us because it reduces stress, overall blood pressure and increases endorphins ‘the happy hormone’.
So look in the mirror right now and show your pearly whites! Even if you don’t feel like it!
If I’m feeling out of sorts, my husband usually says ‘why don’t you go for a run’. He knows that running helps me mentally as well as physically. I come home all upbeat and feeling less stressed and anxious. Just a brisk 10 minute walk can lift your mood.
3. Get some rays
Do you know that sunshine actually helps your mood? There is actually a disorder SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or ‘winter blues’. Lack of sunshine can be the cause so make sure you get outside and enjoy some sunshine. I love just closing my eyes and looking towards the sun it is an instant mood lifter for me.
4. Show some kindness
We can get so caught up in our own ‘pity party’ that we forget to show kindness to others. It costs nothing but can mean so much to others. Just a small act of kindness can make you feel warm inside. My husband and I visit his Mum in her aged care facility. Most of the residents don’t get regular visitors. When we go we make a point of saying hello to everyone and know their names. It only takes a few moments but the smiles we receive because we have taken the time to acknowledge each resident is priceless.
5. Enjoy Nature
Nature can be stunning. A beautiful sunrise or sunset, a gorgeous flower blooming, watching birds gliding, or ocean waves lapping the shore. Nature can bring happiness and well being so make some time to go outside and enjoy nature’s gifts.
What do you do to lift your mood? I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!