Although happiness is something that is considered subjective and may not look the same to you as it would to someone else, ultimately, what happiness looks like for most people is a sense of inner peace and comfort. Whatever happiness looks like to you, there are some things you can practice every day to create more of it. Here are some of the best ways to be happier overall every single day.
Have “Me” Time
Statistics show that people who spend more time alone have more time to reflect and meditate on their overall state of being. It’s important that you take time every day just to spend some time with yourself. Whether it’s taking your favorite book on the bookshelf and reading in a hammock, or going to the spa. The idea is to spend quality time with your number one. The more you can do that every day, the more you’ll start to appreciate your own presence and company.
As they say, “fake it till you make it.” The more that you can smile throughout the day, the more that you’ll start to trick your brain into believing that you’re actually happy. Even though it might be hard to do, force out a smile the next time you’re feeling upset. It may not change things immediately, but it will gradually change your mood throughout the day if you smile just a little bit more.
Every time that we move around, our body creates endorphins that get our heart rate up, and release happy feelings. The more endorphins we have, the happier we feel overall. Whether it’s a brisk run on your treadmill in the mornings or a stroll around the block on your lunch break, try to incorporate more movement into your everyday life. The more you can do that, the more you’ll start to feel your worries dissipate, and you’ll focus on what matters most.
Practice Deep Breathing
There is a lot to be said about the power of deep breathing. The more that you can practice deep breathing techniques, the less anxiety you’ll feel, and the more you’ll be able to control your emotions when you start to feel sadness creeping in. Whether you improvise your breathing yourself, or you follow a guided meditation that tells you how and when to breathe, the power of breath can be a powerful tool for increasing your overall happiness.
Sleep does more than just regenerate our physical bodies. It regenerates our brains and resets our emotions. Have you ever found yourself upset when you lay your head down on the pillow, but when you wake up you hardly remember what happened before you went to sleep? That is an example of the magical power of sleep: Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night and your body and emotions will thank you for it.