They say money can’t buy happiness. Even though I doubt I’d be devastated if I had my own mansion or brand new car, when it comes down to it, it really is the little things that count. The simplest things can make us want to burst with joy and share our positivity with the world. Seeing as it’s International Day of Happiness, we thought we would share five of the best ‘little things’ that will have you dancing on the rooftops…
Talk to your friends and family
It doesn’t matter if you stay up all night talking or it is just a quick catch up on the phone, talking to the people you love the most is bound to lift your spirits and put you in a great mood. Even for introverts, spending time (whether it’s in person, over the phone or online) with your favourite people is always beneficial for your mood, and it’s thought that the more social you are, the happier you will be.
After a stressful week where you have barely enough time to sleep or eat, you definitely deserve to take some time for yourself for a pamper session. Light some candles, use your best bubble bath, grab a good book or stick on your favourite DVD and just relax. You need it and it will do you a world of good. It is important to have some ‘me time’ whether you’re stressed or not, so try to squeeze some pampering time in whenever you can.
Exercise may not sound like great fun to everyone, but exercise does wonders in reducing your stress levels and boosting your happiness. Completing a good work out, no matter how tired and sore you are, will make you feel productive and good about yourself. And don’t forget that fun activities like Zumba or playing a game of rounders with your friends is also great exercise.
Write Down Your Happiness
An idea proven to reduce stress, anxiety and negativity is to write down three good things that happened at the end of every week. This exercise will help you to see the positivity in your life and to stop dwelling on the negative. Being able to see the good things that have happened in your life will help change your perspective and make to start to see the glass as half full.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep will allow you to feel bright and refreshed, setting you up for a good day. Being well-rested reduces stress levels and makes you feel more alert, meaning you’re more likely to have a productive day. This in turn increases your chances of having another good sleep as your energy levels will be high during the day. Grab your jammies now!