At the moment, it can feel like everything we read in the news is about doom and gloom. There is so much bad news coming from all around our globe; climate change is hitting, a potential pandemic on the loose, political decisions have angered us, long-established unions are pulling apart, and we could go on. All of these events can have a significant impact on our happiness levels.
Rather than dwell on the negative, we thought it was high time we focused on ways to increase the happiness factor in our lives. We have put together 11 fantastic ways to factor more happiness into your life and put a spring back in your step.
1. Start something new
Get interested in learning something new; such as a new sport, a new hobby or a new interest area. Our brains are wired for learning, and it feels good to be focused on something new and exciting. The challenge of picking up a new skill can be mentally stimulating and is far more fun than continually scrolling through live news updates online.
2. Become an expert at something
Take a skill to the next level by putting extended time and effort into perfecting it. You could focus on something enormous like becoming a skilled mountain climber or focus on something small like baking the perfect pancake. Whatever you choose, become an expert at it. The sense of accomplishment you will feel can boost your self-confidence and is an excellent way to up your overall happiness level.
3. Help someone out
Helping others is scientifically proven to raise our own happiness levels. Whenever you volunteer your time to help someone else, you walk away with a little more spring in your step. So find a way to volunteer some of your time this week to someone in need.
4. Spread a little kindness
Random acts of kindness feel great to receive, and they also feel fantastic to do. Find ways to show small acts of kindness all the time. It can be as simple as always holding open a door for someone or sending flowers to a friend or loved one. Read more about this in our post Be Kind.
5. Finish something
We all love the feeling of crossing off tasks on our to-do list. Get busy finishing something you have been putting off for a while. Feel the happiness boost from the sense of satisfaction when you can complete that lingering task and can strike it off your list.
Having a good clean out and making more space is proven to boost our feel-good vibes. Simply clearing your desk of paper can give you a great shot of happiness to start the day.
There are endless benefits to taking time out of your day to focus on your breathing. A few minutes in a zen-like relaxation can help you feel calmer and happier. Give it a try.
Find something that really gets you giggling and enjoy laughing out loud. Laughter triggers a release of endorphins in your system and laughing out loud is such a great way to express that joy, that you cannot help but feel happier as you do it.
Line up your favourite tunes, turn up the volume and sing along. Listening to your favourite music reduces stress, and singing along makes you feel even better. Do it in your car, in the shower, in the kitchen, or anywhere you feel like letting your inner diva out. Bonus happiness points if you also break into a dance.
10. Count your blessings
Gratitude is a fabulous mood booster. Focusing on what we have and feeling thankful for is an excellent habit to get into every day. Start by simply writing down three things you are grateful for every morning and get your day started positively, before reading the news.
11. Catch Happiness
Spending time with happy, positive people is a great way to catch some happiness of your own. Joy is contagious and should be shared. Therefore, arrange to call or meet up with one of your most positive friends and get fully infected with their happiness.
Happiness is so much better when it is shared. As you boost the happiness factor in your own life, spread it all around to everyone you meet. The world is going through a tough time right now, and when we can share happiness despite all the negative, we become more resilient to the impact and better at working together to find solutions.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha