Being happy is one of the most simple yet elusive of goals. We trick ourselves into thinking that it is a destination. We place happiness in Someday Land, where one day if we achieve the right goals or find the right person we can finally have it. The truth, happiness is a moment to moment choice that we all have access to at any given time. Here are a few of my favorite tips for living a happy life.
Stop Trying To Be Happy All The Time –
Lets be honest, being an adult can really suck sometimes. Things don’t always go your way, people disappoint you, you disappoint yourself and that will never change. The problem is we get upset about the fact that we are upset, we get mad at ourselves for having one bad day because we scroll through Instagram and feel like everyone else is perfect and happy all the time! Let yourself off the hook. Embrace the times when you aren’t feeling 100%, accept that you are only human, and there is nothing wrong with feeling down sometimes. Embracing the negative moments makes the times when you are feeling on top of the world that much better.
Exercise Because You Love Your Body –
Your body has carried you through your entire life up until now and it deserves some serious love and recognition. Exercise, no matter the intensity, is crucial to living a happier life. Exercise causes a release of endorphins in your body and like the great and wise Elle Woods once said, “endorphins make you happy.” The key is to exercise because your body deserves to be taken care of, not because you hate the way it looks in the mirror. This simple shift in the way you relate to exercise can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall level of happiness.
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Start Your Day On The Right Side Of The Bed –
There is nothing worse than jumping out of bed, looking at your phone and coming across a stressful text or email before you even have a chance to wake up. The way you feel moments after you wake up can have a surprising impact on how you feel the rest of the day. Try implementing this simple habit into your morning routine: before you get out of bed in the morning bring to mind thoughts that bring you joy, maybe something you’re excited about or a few things you are grateful for right now, anything that causes you to get that warm sensation and feeling of joy throughout your body. Let that feeling sit, and then start your day. Over time you will be amazed by the difference this simple habit can make.
Find Moments Of Joy –
A happy life is simply a collection of happy moments strung together. Consciously look for moments of joy throughout your day. They don’t have to be these elaborate in your face moments they can be simple. When you are having your morning coffee take time to really enjoy it. Get unreasonably excited at the grocery store when your favorite honeycrisp apples go on sale, send a message to someone you love and let them know you appreciate them. They don’t have to be this cheesy, but you get the point. Don’t get so stuck in your daily routine that you forget to actually appreciate the fact that you’re alive.
HAVE A COCKTAIL –
When all else fails, share a nice bottle of wine with yourself.