Last updated on: February 6th, 2020
Sadness is a part of life, it’s the reason we have the saying “you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain,” and it’s a major part of what makes us human. Being sad all the time, however, is a sign that you should probably seek professional help.
There’s no shame in admitting you need assistance and it will greatly improve your quality of life. There are also other avenues which you can explore to make life a little brighter. If you’ve been having a bad week, or you simply wish to bring a bit more happiness to your day, read on to discover five simple ways to increase your happiness.
Yes, everyone is always telling you to exercise more. It’s not to be annoying though, people just want everyone else to enjoy the benefits of getting your blood pumping. If you’re a firm believer that you’ll never have the motivation to work out regularly, consider getting a personal trainer. They’ll be able to devise a personally tailored plan to help you reach your goals. While things such as running or dancing can seem like horrible ideas when you’re not feeling the happiest, increasing your heart rate and burning calories releases endorphins (happy chemicals) as well as stimulating your muscles and improving things such as your flexibility and stamina.
Many people associate self-care with pampering yourself just for the sake of it. While that can be part of your self-care routine, the act, and associated benefits, encompass a far broader range than just feeling pretty after a facial. Self-care is anything that makes you feel good and allows you to destress and recentre. The benefits are widely documented and society is more accepting than ever before, so now is a great time to start putting yourself first when you need to. If you feel selfish, just remember that you cannot help others if you’re not helping yourself.
Balance is Key
Maintaining a healthy work/life balance has a myriad of benefits such as improving job satisfaction and productivity as well as overall happiness. Many employers recognize these benefits, so if you’re feeling like the corporate world is consistently intruding a little too far into your personal sphere, don’t be afraid to take a step back.
Eat the Rainbow
If there are two things we’re irrevocably programmed to like, they’re colors and healthy food. While individuals may not enjoy every food that carries health benefits, their bodies definitely do. Combine the health benefits with our brains’ love for color and you’ve got a recipe for improved moods and energy levels.
Help Those Around You
Humans are empathetic creatures which, meaning if those around us don’t feel so great, we’re genetically indisposed to find ourselves under the same dark cloud. The great thing about helping others achieve their goals and increase their happiness is that everybody wins, there will never be a downside to building others up rather than ignoring them or tearing them down. Try to find at least one small way you can help someone each day, you’ll feel instant gratification but you will also promote the spread of positivity throughout your community. If you’re not sure where to start, try something simple like paying for someone’s coffee or even just smiling at a stranger in the street.
Humans will never be truly happy all of the time, it’s not natural for us to fixate on one emotion indefinitely. That being said, however, we can certainly work towards being more happy, more often. Give the tips in this article a try and find what works for you. Good luck!