With the ever increasing pressure to do well in our careers, keep ourselves healthy and make time for family and friends, it can be really easy to get caught up in the fast pace of everyday life.
Don’t get me wrong, it is achievable but putting such a vast amount of stress on ourselves means that our wellbeing and happiness can really take a hit.
With that in mind, here are 15 ideas to help yourself feel happier in life.
Learn to say “No”
It’s ok to say “No” to things. As Steve Jobs famously once said “it’s only by saying “No” that you can concentrate on the things that are really important”.
If you’re risking your inner peace just to keep the peace with those around you, is it worth it?
Don’t forget the little things
“I’m beginning to recognise that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” – Beau Taplin
Happiness can often be seen as this enormous reward that we get for putting in the hard work, but that honestly isn’t the case.
Buying yourself fresh flowers, walks on the beach and getting lost in a good book are the things that can help make every day worth living.
Appreciate your accomplishments
There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. It can be something quite tricky to put into practice if you’re not used to doing it but try and give yourself the same credit that you would to others.
It has been proven that those who spend time with nature generally have a more positive outlook that those who don’t.
Nature offers a sense of calm and happiness that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s out there waiting for you to absorb everything that it has to offer. Go take advantage of it.
Random acts of kindness
Injecting positivity in other people’s lives without expecting anything in return has a way of making you feel great too.
Offer to take a picture for tourists, buy a suspended coffee or give a stranger a compliment. Whatever you choose to do, it’s worth it.
You don’t need to apologise for who you are. Staying true to yourself is a really powerful tool to keep yourself happy.
With the pressures of social media and society in general, for some this is quite a challenge. Having said that, once you’ve perfected the art of being yourself, it can be really liberating, leaving you feeling free enough to focus on the things that matter.
Create a mood board or scrapbook
Create a mood board or scrapbook that you can refer to as a source of inspiration.
You can feature quotes that motivate you, photos of the places you wish to visit, affirmations or anything that reminds you of your goals. That way you can take a look and remind yourself of whatever it is that you’re working towards.
In relation to happiness, the importance of a decent night’s sleep can sometimes be overlooked.
Waking up after a good rest will leave you feeling energised and ready to tackle the day. Whether you implement a tech curfew or listen to a calming podcast, you will really begin to notice a difference in your mood.
Mastering the art of making your bed also has more of an impact on the way you’re feeling than you may imagine. It is one of the simplest things that you can do to give yourself a little positivity boost.
When things are off balance, it can really affect your inner peace. Eat well but don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while. Exercise but not until the point where it is making you miserable. Work hard but remember to take a break regularly.
Balance is a super important thing to implement into all aspects of our lives because without it the negative impact will outweigh the positive.
Remember that life isn’t a race
It’s really easy to fall into the trap of comparing your journey to others. Doing this will inevitably lead to disappointment and not feeling good enough.
Stay in your own lane. Remember that no two people are the same and just like others have things to offer that you may not, the same applies to you.
Be kind to yourself
Don’t feel guilty for treating yourself well. Have a bath during the day, take time out to enjoy your own company and buy yourself that book you’ve been wanting. You’re allowed.
You don’t always have to spend
Contrary to popular belief, money can buy happiness. Unfortunately, it’s not going to buy you the sort of happiness that lasts.
Instead of nipping out for a bit of retail therapy in order to get a quick fix of happiness, visit a city that you’ve always wanted to see, go to the beach or read a book in the park. This will provide you with experiences that you’re going to look back on and feel great about.
Spend time with animals
Let’s face it, animals are awesome. Whether you get yourself a pet or visit your local animal shelter in order to spread the love, time spent with animals is never wasted.
Talk to people
Keeping things to yourself puts such a large weight on your shoulders. Whether it’s family, friends or a charity waiting to listen, talk to others.
No matter how big or small, get it all out there in the open because that way you’ll feel a bit more supported.
Have realistic expectations
Instead of sitting at the bottom of the ladder worrying about how you’re going to get to the top, focus on each step and nothing more.
Happiness is a journey and not a destination. There are no rules. Take your time and do it your way.
I hope you found this useful guys. As always, thank you so much for reading. Without meaning to sound like a wetty, all I have ever wanted is to write and for my work to be read. You guys are making that happen.
I’m forever grateful to you beautiful little poo bags.