10 Simple Daily Changes to Happiness

  1. Take a nap! Aside from the fact that sleep helps our bodies recovery from the day, sleep does SO much more for us (replace skin cells, grow muscle, repair damaged tissue, synthesize hormones)! Having a restful night’s sleep can also lessen our sensitivity towards negative emotions. 
  2. Spend time with loved ones! Even for introverts, the feeling of being surrounded by people who genuinely care about one another is so… blissful. As Harvard researcher, Daniel Gilbert said; “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.” 
  3. Get outside! Fresh air makes everything better. It’s a fact. Don’t believe me? Go for a walk, feel the wind passing over your fingertips, welcome the sun’s warm embrace, smell the scent of nature - the flowers, the trees, the animals, listen to the sound of moving water… waves in a lake, the ripples of a river, or the power of rapids… Nature is healing!
  4. Help others. If you do good, you’ll feel good! Maybe helping constitutes itself as purchasing a gift for someone, spending time with people, volunteering your time, donating to a good cause… there are dozens of ways to give back!
  5. Meditate! Turning inwards is immensely helpful in day-to-day life. Not only does it help us clarify our priorities, but it physically makes us healthier. Meditation over a long period can actually alter our brain structure! 
  6. Practice gratitude. Being grateful for what you have is such an exhilarating feeling. It’s so freeing to realize you don’t need more. Grab a journal and start jotting down 3 things that happened at the end of each day. Try to make them different each day and then watch as your happiness and overall gratefulness skyrockets!
  7. Exercise! Moving your body is not only healthy for you, but also helps you to clear your mind. Even something as simple as a short walk can help immensely!
  8. Stop complaining. When you complain, you’re highlighting the negative. Once you stop doing that, you’re making room for some pretty amazing moments! 
  9. Fake it till you make it. Feelings follow actions. If you’re upset, scared, angry, try faking a smile for a few seconds.. feels silly but the moment you change your mind and physical body, you’ll notice a shift in your emotions. If you’re angry with someone, try doing something thoughtful for them, you’ll notice this feeling of anger will slightly release. It’s really soothing.
  10. Take control. Your life. Your happiness. Though it’s true that we are all born differently, some of us are Eeyore, some are Tigger, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from taking control over your own life! When you begin making conscious steps towards happiness, you’ll notice your mind, body and soul begin to crave it!