I try to be a happy person, there is at least something to be grateful and happy about everyday.
But watching friends and loved ones struggle with depression I also know it’s nowhere near that simple for everyone. And while I wouldn’t classify myself with depression there are the occasional days when it’s hard to muster up enthusiasm and joy – and on the odd occasion you want to throttle all those around you who are bounding (quite literally) with endless optimism and happiness.
And I believe that’s okay – its what you do next, how you handle it that counts.
While much of this blog has been focussed on fitness and well-being through exercise and nutrition, our over-all health, our frame of mind is also a big contributor – so it makes sense that we need to exercise our “happiness muscles”
Finding something to be happy about just once a day can be difficult for many people. Finding something to be happy about so that you are a happier person overall can seem almost impossible. If you are finding yourself in this situation, you may be wondering how to get out of it so you have less stress and anxiety as well as increasing your happiness and getting to a better place in your life. Here are some daily practices that can help you be a happier person.
3 Daily practices to help you be a happier person
One way to become a happier person, through mindfulness and daily practice, is to start a gratitude journal. You do not need a full journal to do this. In fact, you can use your daily planner or online planner for this. You can even use social media. The key point to this daily practice is to find at least one thing a day you are thankful for or have gratitude for. This can be anything. Let’s face it, we all have bad days. It is finding the good in that bad day that helps us become happier. So, it can be anything from having a great cup of coffee that morning to being happy the day is over so you can start fresh the next day. The point is to recognize the happiness or good and note it.
Reducing for Charity
Reducing for charity may seem like an odd endeavor as a daily practice, but it is something that can be very fulfilling for both parties. The idea here is to remove something from your life each day that you do not need. This can be anything from a toy your child no longer plays with or has outgrown to an extra set of dishes you really don’t need. Place these items in a box and at the end of the week or month, give the box to charity. These items are no longer cluttering your day and causing a storage issue, and you are helping someone else you may want or need them. The happiness comes in when you find the joy in either getting the items out of your house or seeing that they can bring joy to someone else through your charity.
Breath walking may be something that is new to you, but it can make you a happier person. The concept here is to go on a walk in nature each day for a few minutes or more. Just get away from everything. Step out into nature with no electronics. Now this doesn’t mean to go out with no way of contacting anyone in an emergency. It simply means to turn off music and phones and just walk. Concentrate on your breath as you move and walk and work to calm it. Notice the sounds and nature around you, and let go of the stress of the day through your breathing. You will find yourself healthier and happier at the end of the walk and as the walks progress, you may find yourself more adapted to handling your daily stress as well.
As you start putting these daily practices into your life, you will start seeing a change for the better and seeing yourself becoming happier.
Remember, start slow and let the process work. It’s all about letting the process develop in your life at your own pace.