Happiness is something everyone wants, but it can be hard to get. There are those people who always seem to radiate happiness. I wanted to know their secret, so I did some research on what makes happy people happy. I noticed the same four things kept on popping up on the different blogs and articles I would read; happy people are grateful, exercise, are helpful, and spend time with others. I decided to put these to the test to see if I could improve my mood and become a happier person.
Happy people are grateful. At the beginning of the year, I started a daily gratitude journal. I’d write down five or more things I was grateful for each day right after I woke up. I did this for about 5 months and could tell a huge difference. It’s really hard to feel depressed when you’re constantly thinking about all the amazing things in your life. Lately, I haven’t been writing down what I’m grateful for every day, but I still set aside time in the morning when I’m meditating to think about my blessings.
Happy people exercise. To quote Elle Woods “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Apart from being a great movie, Legally Blonde makes a good point; people who workout are happier. Exercising increases brain power, boosts your energy, improves your mood and self-image, and helps you keep off excess fat.
The great thing is you don’t have to workout long to get the great benefits. I made a goal for myself that I would exercise for 10 minutes every day no matter what. I know 10 minutes seems way short, but I knew if I made it any longer, I probably wouldn’t be able to keep that goal for very long.
Happy people help others and volunteer. When you start thinking about what another person needs, it helps you forget about the stressful and negative things in your life. Studies have shown that people who volunteer are overall happier people. When you do things for others it gives you a sense of accomplishment that helps your self-image.
One thing I’ve been doing for the last few months is helping my husband get ready for work in the mornings. I’ve been waking up early to make him breakfast and pack his lunch. I am not a huge morning person, so this is a pretty big sacrifice! Chris is so appreciative and it makes me feel good helping him out.
Spend More Time With People
Happy people make relationships a priority. If you’re a homebody like me, then it can be especially hard to motivate yourself to go out on a good day, it’s even harder on bad days. I always seem happiest when I’m with friends or family, but sometimes I have to push myself to be social. It’s easy for me to just stay at home all day working on my own projects. I think all humans crave meaningful relationships and we’re happier when we work on growing those relationships. When you are feeling a little down, make an extra effort to make plans with friends, hang out with family, or go on a date. Connecting and being with other people is a really great way to enrich your life and bring you joy.
My husband Chris is my absolute best friend and I love spending time with him. We always try to plan something fun to do with each other every week. We’ll go on group dates with our friends, see a movie, try new restaurants, or something else fun. Even though I spend almost every night hanging out with Chris, I think doing something special together each week has helped us grow even closer.
After trying these out, I’ve found that I am happier. I still have my ups and downs, but on a day to day basis I feel pretty happy. Even if you just pick on of these four things to focus on, I think it could really improve your mood.
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