Many times people believe that wellness only involves healthy activities related to the physical body, such as diet and exercise. However, wellness also includes mental and emotional health. In fact, one specific part of emotional health that can impact our health in a positive way is our level of happiness.
Thinking happy thoughts or being happy really isn’t that difficult. The feeling of happiness really comes from how we experience the world around us and the emotions we attach to those moments.
Depending on the situation, our perception creates either a positive emotion (happiness, joy, amusement) or negative one (sadness, anger, anxiety). For some individuals, it’s easy to perceive events or circumstances in a more positive light. While other individuals may struggle to view things even remotely close to anything optimistic.
Regardless of where our individual gauge lands on the happiness scale, the good news is we can train our minds to think more positively. How you ask? By learning and using healthy habits that can quickly improve our level of happiness. This is especially helpful in those tough situations we face on a daily basis. You know what I’m talking about. The kind of situations where you feel your nerves starting to prickle and the ‘f bomb’ making its way down your tongue.
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Keep reading to learn how you can use healthy habits to find little moments of happiness throughout your day.
- Go Outside
Whenever possible, take your lunch outside or take a 10 minute break and just sit under a tree. There is more and more evidence showing the multiple benefits of being outdoors in nature and the impact it has on our mental (and emotional) health.
- Gratitude List
I’m sure you’ve heard of this process before, but creating a list of things you’re grateful for can definitely induce feelings of happiness and appreciation. Sometimes even the simplest thing like being happy about a sunny day can turn your day around.
There is no doubt that certain types of music can help you feel happier. Depending on your circumstance, using music can help elevate your energy level to help you complete a task (thank you Lady Gaga) or it can help lighten your mood after a stressful day (love you, Norah Jones).
- Listen to a Podcast
Want to learn something new? Podcast are very popular and offer a great way to learn a new skill or enhance your personal development. Even better, podcasts are very easy to use while riding the bus, or waiting for an appointment.
- Practice Meditation
Taking just 5 minutes to reflect on your breathing will greatly improve your mood. Don’t have time? Try it the next time you’re standing in line at the store. BIG improvement.
- Go for a Walk
If you’ve been sitting at your desk for a while, get up and go for a walk. Whether it’s walking outside, or taking the stairs all the way up to the top floor of your building, take a few minutes to step away and just walk.
- Send a Happy Text or Email
Sometimes doing something nice for others makes us happy. So the next time you think about someone, send a nice ‘thinking about you’ text or email with wink emojis. Then see what happens!
- Laugh at a Video or Picture
Who doesn’t love laughing at funny pictures of our family, friends or pets? The next time you need a little giggle, look at your favorite photo or video. Better yet. Frame it and place it nearby so you can look at whenever you feel the need for a little laughter.
- Learn to Say No
If you’re like me, I have a hard time saying no, especially because I like helping people or I’m interested in a lot of different things and think I need to ‘do it all’ right now. As the old saying goes, less is more. And guess what? It is. Focus on the things that are most important to you and do that. Everything else can wait.
- Take Care of Yourself
Of course I’m going to mention this – taking care of your body by exercising and eating right is the best way you can experience not only moments of happiness, but lifelong happiness. Wellness includes more than just the body – it includes the mind, body and soul. This means, you have to ‘fuel’ all of it!
Remember, just like exercise, you need to practice these healthy habits daily in order to train your mind to experience the world from a happier perspective.
In today’s world, it’s easy to allow the craziness to bombard us with negativity and urges of constant activities. But we have to remember, that WE are ultimately in control of our day as well as our attitude. How we respond to our environment and situations can make a big impact on our wellness. I, for one, definitely have to remind myself of this from time to time.
Now, are you ready to feel happier? Which one of these habits are you going to try first? Perhaps you already have an activity you like to do that brings you joy and happiness – drawing, singing in the car, volunteering, or cooking. Share with me what your healthy habit for happiness is so I can give it a try!
Quotes by SAE, girl pics by Pixabay