5 tips to finding happiness

Do the things that make you happy. Obvious right?

Yet, you can end up going day to day feeling unhappy. Maybe because your doing things that others expect you to do or being someone that others expect you to be. You do a job because it pays well, but you feel unfulfilled or stressed as it’s so far away from your purpose or the true way that you want to live. You end up working at home, late hours and then just feeling tired at the weekend. You do things to please others but, have no time to spend on yourself.

It’s not all doom and gloom, you have choices and the ones that you make today are the ones that start to create a new future.

Here’s my top 5 tips for finding happiness

  1. Do things that make you happy. It’s obvious but you can often get to the end of the day and you’ve done nothing that actually made you smile. Whether it’s dancing, walking, hula hooping, painting, reading, listening to music. Make time to do the things that make you happy. Simple.

  2. Let it Go. Yes, we all know the song! How often do you get caught up in something that has completely narked you, only to find yourself still seething days later. Whether it’s something someone said, a car cuts you up in traffic, not having that top that you really wanted in your size. Let it all go. You’ll be so much happier.

  3. Be kind. Being kind to yourself and others makes you happy. It releases a hormone called Oxytocin, otherwise know as the happy hormone, so being kind is actually good for you health and makes you happy. What’s not to love!

  4. Find meaning. If you feel lost in your job or even your life like your on the wrong path, think about a time when you have felt real meaning and purpose and bring more of that into your life. Make changes, you’re not a tree, you can move.

  5. Balance. Look at how you make up your time, is there a good balance. Too much time on social medial or all work and no play. Start tipping the scales in the direction you want and take control.

Why happiness is good for your health

Happiness can improve your physical health. Feelings of positivity and contentment seem to benefit cardiovascular health, the immune system, inflammation levels, and blood pressure, among other things. Happiness has even been linked to a longer lifespan—providing more years to enjoy more of what you love doing.

The age old question of “Does money make you happy” may divide opinion. If you were to truly look at what are the things that make your smile from the inside out, did money buy them? Family, friends, laughing at a funny film, the sun on your face, spring flowers in bloom. The fact that you can see, smell, walk around, live in a safe environment. It’s something to think about, happiness is a sustained feeling, rather than a high that you will eventually come down from. It’s an inside job.

Need some inspiration? Today is International Day of Happiness focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us.

Happiness is a journey...........not a destination
— Ben Sweetland
Louise Hallam