Life Is So Much Better When You Feel Happy!
Have you noticed how much better your life is when you feel happy? The day runs more smoothly, you feel more creative and in flow, friends, family and colleagues in fact everyone you meet seems to be smiling at you. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to harness this happiness thing more often?
While it is great to attain happiness more often, it doesn't mean that you will be happy in every moment. That is unrealistic. But if you can experience each day interspersed with moments of happiness (even one or two) then the overall effect will be beneficial.
Some people do seem to have a happier disposition than others and happiness isn't always a constant even for the most positive and happiest among us!
What is happiness?
We often equate happiness to those situations when something good happens such as some good fortune comes your way but this is often temporary. Research shows that even when people have a sudden and amazing piece of good fortune such as winning the lottery, within months this ecstatic happiness that seemed so life-changing at the time soon wears off.
Happiness isn't necessarily about being constantly in that 'high flying' place, and feelings of inner peace, calm and contentment are all components of feeling happy. This kind of happiness you have control of whereas the former less so.
It isn't possible to 'be happy' all of the time because we naturally experience the contrast of a differing range of emotions and we are influenced by the circumstances of life, which we are constantly reacting to. It is however important to feel OK with that and realise that you can learn to improve upon how you feel.
The Road to Greater Happiness
Maybe you are already doing things to improve upon your happiness and that is great. Here are five things you can do that will greatly enhance your feelings of happiness.
1. Connect With People
Everyone thrives on having connecting with others, friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. By developing and strengthening your connections you will discover that your life becomes enriched and you will feel supported.
2. Daily Mindfulness
The benefits of Mindfulness are now well known. Just becoming aware of your surroundings, taking a step back and being more aware of your emotions and feelings allows you to gain more control over them. It is a practice that will undoubtedly set you up for life, a much happier life!
3. Daily Activity
Being active should probably be top of the list because experts tell us that it is the most important thing we can do to feel more relaxed. There are plenty of activities to enjoy such as jogging, cycling, gardening, dancing and walking the dog! You can select an activity that suits your age and your capabilities. Exercise is an excellent antidote to daily stress and helps us feel good = feeling happy.
4. Set a New Challenge
When you have a purpose in your life you have something to motivate you. Perhaps rediscovering an old interest or signing up for a course, or simply taking on a new hobby. Studies show that those people who have an interest in their life and are willing to learn new things are happier, healthier and more content.
5. Do Something for Other People
Doing something nice for a friend or even a stranger will uplift you. In fact when you give to others you are giving to yourself! It need only be a small gesture; a smile, a thank you, a compliment. If you have more time to spare, volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. It also fulfils our need for 'community' and that will, I guarantee make you happy!
A personal happiness moment story
I want to add an experience I had only recently that gave me a big shot of happiness in my day. It relates to number 5. Do Something for Other People.
As I pulled up outside a local store in my town, (it was a narrow cobbled road for access vehicles only) I noticed a man to the right of me crossing the road. Then he stopped and looked at the ground and I could tell that he had dropped something.
To cut a long story short I helped him to look for his hearing aid that he had paid one thousand pounds for, so as you can imagine he was feeling upset. Three other people got involved in the search and 40 minutes later and with the light fading it seemed it wouldn't be found. But I was determined to find it - somehow.
Then, as he went off to retrace his steps, I felt drawn to a particular spot in the curb and there nestled in the autumn leaves it sat - a small piece of silver no bigger than my little finer nail.
We all rejoiced, 5 of us, waiving our arms in shear joy and disbelief. But the relief and gratitude on the man's face said it all, and I felt immense elation.
These are the moments that bring us happiness and they are lasting. And what is so great about that example is that is brought happiness to the other people there that day. They would have gone home smiling and perhaps recounted their happy story to their loved ones.
Happiness folks is infectious - let's spread a little more happiness in the world. It really doesn't take much and sometimes it's those spontaneous moments that are the best.
Have you got a happiness story that you'd like to share? If so, put it in the comments below.