It’s starting to seem that people are becoming a little more aware of what it truly takes to be happy. As we move into the information age people are realizing it’s not so much what we have that makes us happy but rather what we do; whether it’s visit a foreign country, spending time with loved ones or laying on the beach. We’re starting to realize that happiness is not about the destination but rather the journey.
Below are five simple ways to keep ourselves in a vibration of happiness each and every day.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day stresses that distract us from some of the bigger pictures. Maybe someone cut us off in traffic or the line at the coffee shop is moving slower than we’d like. The question to always ask yourself is, “Will I remember this in ten years?” If the answer is no then it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s not all that big of a deal. Try not to sweat the small stuff; chances are you won’t remember it next week let alone a decade from now.
Do Something Nice
Doing something nice for others is one of the easiest and simple ways to make ourselves feel happy. I like to call it a selfless selfishness; it’s a win-win for you and the other person. Hold a door for someone; buy the person behind you in drive thru a coffee or give a street begger some change, whether you think they need it or not. Doing for others is the easiest way to bringing abundance to us while helping others in the process.
Take A Deep Breath
When we do allow ourselves to get caught up in something stressful or full of anxiety taking a couple of deep breaths can quickly change our perception of the problem and relieve some of the tension. Before reacting with emotions take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through you mouth. Ah, doesn’t that feel better?
Spend A Moment In Mindfulness
Whether it’s yoga, dance, meditation or looking at yourself in the mirror make sure to take a moment everyday to simply live in the present moment. An easy way to do this is to place your awareness on each part of your body from your toes to your nose. It’s easy to get caught up in the past and future while forgetting to exist in this moment.
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Make it a mission to laugh a little bit every day, no matter how silly you may feel. Read a funny story, watch a comical video or ask a friend to tell you a joke.
Practice each of these concepts daily and happiness will be a journey you find yourself on without even realizing it. Remember, you’re more beautiful when you’re smiling!
By Ricky Goodall, Certified Nutrition Coach