In our crazy, hectic lives today we need to find new ways to be happy. Statistically, people who make a daily effort to increase their happiness and actively choose happiness are far better off than those that let come what may in life. This is where a happiness to do list can come in handy.
What Does It Mean To Be Happy?
Happiness will mean something different to everyone. So spend some time reviewing with yourself “what happiness means to me”. The more you ask yourself happiness questions the more you will become aware of what makes you happy and the more you’ll begin to spot these “happiness beacons” which will act as life saving floating buoys throughout your existence.
You’ll also begin to notice what doesn’t make you happy. What may bring you down emotionally or deplete your energy and/or life force is just as important to know and to restructure and organize your life around avoiding.
Many people ask themselves “What is the key to happiness?”. This is answer best approached by the querent as each individual will have different life pillars that keep them afloat. Deep spiritual exploration and a devout spiritual guidance and healing practice can get you there.
10 Ways To Keep Yourself Happy
If you feel yourself heading down the emotional drain, or if you’re just looking for a way to bring up your positive energy, then the below list is a series of ways to keep yourself happy. As with all of these techniques, be sure to leave your digital devices at home. All of these ‘get happy’ methods require your full concentration. Taking a break from your electronics is actually very beneficial to your well-being.
- Self monitor your emotions – Always monitor where you are spending the most time on the Emotional Vibrational Scale. If you are low on the scale, you’ll know that you need to proactively work to allow yourself to rise up the spectrum.
- Deep breathing and using a counting method. Find a quiet place, sit still, and simply breathe. Start off easy by selecting select a low number between 1 and 10. Then take a breath and use that number to count to on both the inhale and the exhale. Focus on feeling good, happy, and upbeat. If you can get outside and sit underneath a tree, this will help remove any negative energy from your immediate system.
- Take a Walk – Each day go for a minimum 30 min walk. If you can make it an hour. (A ½ hr there. A ½ hr back.) As you walk, try to keep your eyes on the distant horizon. There is a beneficial effect to looking out at long distances.
- Lift your legs above your chest. You can do this by lying on the floor and letting your legs rest against the wall. Do this for 5 or 10 mins or as long as you can stand it. You may want to stretch your legs and body before placing them on the wall. Do this a minimum of once a week. This allows for blood that collects in your legs to reverse its flow and move into your upper body, most particularly your heart. You’ll be surprised how this simple activity can increase blood flow, oxygen, and happiness. Legs don’t need to be that high. Just make sure they’re above the heart. So if you’re back is on the floor, a two-foot lift in the air should suffice.
- Meditation – We hinted at this in tip #2, but we’ll make it more clear now – go and meditate! This is by far the greatest gift you can give yourself. It has too many beneficial effects to name, backed by science. Get into a routine of meditating a minimum of once a day for 5 mins. Short meditation sessions will do wonders for nurturing your mind and fostering a more calm demeanor. You’ll notice a difference after three consecutive days that you will become less irritable and more flexible. The more you do this the easier it will be to be happier. You’ll have less negative emotional weight bogging you down.
- Sunshine for Your Soul – Getting outside, soaking up the sun can seriously boost your happiness. By doing this, you’re giving your inner happiness meter a major lift. When you’re out there soaking up the suns rays, your body releases serotonin (the feel good hormone). It’s a personal natural mood booster. Plus, sunlight helps your body produce Vitamin D, which helps your mood. Afterwards, expect to feel happier and more alive.
- Fresh Air Therapy – Breathing in fresh air is great for your overall body and mind. Fresh air is a happiness potion. When you’re outdoors, you’re breathing in oxygen-rich air that wakes up your brain cells. The scent of the outdoors triggers your brain to release endorphins – the same natural chemicals that make you feel warm and fuzzy after a good workout.
- The Joy of Giving – Challenge yourself to perform random acts of kindness. It could be as simple as leaving a friendly note for a coworker or surprising a classmate with their favorite snack. Acts of kindness trigger a “helper’s high,” releasing feel-good chemicals in your brain. Knowing you made someone’s day better brings a sense of fulfillment and joy that lasts beyond the moment.
- Laughter is the best medicine – Schedule laughter breaks in your day. Watch a funny YouTube video, listen to a hilarious podcast, or follow a meme account. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, making you feel instantly happier. Sharing a laugh with colleagues or friends also strengthens your social bonds, fostering a positive environment around you.
- Screen-Free Zones: Unplug to Reconnect – Disconnecting from screens reduces digital overwhelm and enhances your ability to fully engage with friends, family, and your surroundings, leading to increased happiness. Designate certain areas or times as screen-free zones. Whether it’s your bedroom or the first hour after you wake up, keeping screens at bay helps you connect with the present moment. Use this time to read a book, do a quick workout, or even enjoy a mindful cup of tea.
How to Make your Own Happiness To Do List
Crafting a happiness to do list tailored to your personal preferences is like curating a collection of activities that fuel your joy and well-being. Throughout your days, take note of what makes you happy, laugh, snicker, giggle, smile, chuckle, feel warm & fuzzy, etc. Keep some paper (or a notebook) handy and jot down anything in your day that gives you a positive response. It will take some time to build a sizeable list.
However, as you collect your happiness activities, be sure to revisit the list. Edit as you go. Regularly reviewing and updating your happiness to do list allows you to refine your strategies for maintaining a positive and fulfilling lifestyle. Having an inventory of things that make you happy is very powerful arsenal, especially for those glum not-so-fun days that suddenly creep up on you.
The more you can arm yourself with happiness pointers and tips, the better off you’ll be. Your happiness to do list is a reminder that taking time for yourself and engaging in activities that bring happiness is an essential part of a balanced and harmonious life.
Happiness To Do List Advice
Ultimately, it’s your choice whether or not you want to be happy. You need to be consciously focused on your happiness to see real results in your day-to-day. If you allow “life” to make the decision for you because, your happiness is now subject to someone else’s whim and control. That means your happiness will almost never.
Happiness and positivity need to be a routine part of your day-to-day and your default setting as you walk through life. Happiness is a choice, but it’s also a well-developed habit. As all habits require regular activity, getting into your happiness groove can be a shortcut to meeting this requirement.
Aim to be happy all day. And when you hit a wall or fall out of your groove, be sure to reconnect and step back into it as soon as possible. The longer you sit outside of a happiness curve, and stay in a funk, the harder it is to revisit.
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