When I was growing up I always laughed at those who said you had to learn to be happy. “What a load of rubbish” I thought, “either you are happy or you’re not, you can’t learn to feel something”. Funnily enough, you can.
Unfortunately major stress and anxieties need to deal with before practicing the art of “being happy”. In saying that though these techniques will definitely add some sunlight into your life and can aid in recovery from stressful events. But these are just some things that I do, things that work for me and things that I think will help you too.
I’ll admit that maintaining my happiness levels and mental health has been significantly easier since reaching enlightenment. I definitely recommend trying to do so yourself, it just makes so much sense, everything makes so much more sense to me now. I have more understanding of others, more patience, more clarity and calmness and it’s just been bliss, really. [I have planned a blog post on what I did to trigger my enlightenment ~ if you’re interested keep an eye out for that]
1. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Close you’re eyes. Clear your mind. Notice how your body feels right now, is it trying to tell you something? Now’s a good time to listen and take note of any aches or pains that your body is expressing. Now is a good time for a quick meditation. Or, if you’re like me and struggle to sit still for too long, it’s a good time to be in the ‘now’. Relaxing with your eyes closed for a couple minutes just breathing and feeling your body is an excellent way to get into a good headspace and clear your thoughts. Starting the day with a clear head will do wonders.
2. PRACTICE GRATEFULNESS
I like to do this before I get out of bed and before I go to sleep, but anytime is perfect.
Use this time to think about what it is you are grateful for. Being grateful will show the universe that you are happy with what it has given you, you will be rewarded for this with further things to be grateful for. It’s a magical cycle that I’m amazed more people aren’t in on, it’s so easy and it feels so great to have an emotion to express when we feel truly good for having something in our lives. There are many things to feel grateful for, Don’t forget about the small things!
3. LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC
I would just say “listen to music” but no, it has to be good music. Music that makes you happy and feel good, maybe it has a good beat or some bang on lyrical genius that just gets you pumped and riled up for an awesome day.
Alternatively, listening to sound healing music is awesome too. I do this on weekends when I do my housework and want to work on my chakras at the same time. It’s a super sneaky awesome trick that works so well. Jump onto YouTube and check out the abundance of sound healing clips or meditation music that are designed to aid in stress and anxiety or relaxing. Literally whatever it is you need, it’s there.
4. GO FOR A WALK
I know I know, but it works! Without a doubt since I started walking everywhere I have been considerably happier. My carbon footprint is virtually non-existent, my fitness is getting insane and my skin is GLOWING! No joke, spending some quality time outdoors and getting exercise is a good way to go about increasing happiness, the fitness part is just a bonus. You don’t have to walk excessively like I do, but I do it because I reallyenjoy it and even going for a short walk when the sun is high will do wonders for your mental health.
5. SLEEP WELL
If you aren’t sleeping well or aren’t sleeping enough, your body is going to be fatigued and stressed. Pretty simple. Adjusting your sleeping schedule may be a good option if you’re awake most hours of the night. Unfortunately we are not nocturnal and our bodies function better when we are in tune with the earth and our life star, the sun. Personally, I have perfected my body clock to rise early morning and rest early evening so I get the most use out of my day; being awake for the import hours and then resting for 6-8 hours of the night.
6. EAT HEALTHY
Vegetables, fruit and meat (if you eat it). I 100% believe that we don’t require meat in our diets. I am a carnivore purely because I was raised that way and love steak but my diet consists mostly of vegetables and fresh fruits. My conscience would LOVE it if I could go full vegan and cut animal products all together but I love milk WAY too much for that. My main point here is to just pay attention to what you’re eating, your body will tell you when it’s had enough or the food is no good. Eat what makes you feel good and you’ll feel good, it’s pretty straight forward 🤷🏻♀️
7. LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY
When I say “look after your body” I mean when you shower, actually cleanse yourself. I think a lot of people are forgetting to wash away their “dirt” when they shower and they miss a great opportunity to actually rid themselves of negativity or any extra bagging they’ve picked up along their journeys. Probably sounds weird but I find this really helpful and practical in my 21st century life.
8. EXPRESS YOURSELF
Release emotions! Damn people how can you expect to feel happy if you’re holding onto that thing your sister said last week after she yelled at you for something irrelevant. Let it go. Release your negative thoughts and feelings into the universe and be rid of them. A good way to do this is to talk. If you have someone to talk to that’s great but I like to talk to no one. If I really feel the need to have an ear I imagine myself talking to the universe, I find it helps me express my emotions in a way that won’t come back to bite me. Plus the universe is a really great listener.
9. SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES
Easy as pie. Spend time playing and being silly with those who mean the most to you. Be sure to show love and receive love. Practice some of these techniques with your friends, the more the merrier! We are trying to increase happiness and more people being happy is perfect for the soul. Humans can’t survive on their own: reach out, connect and inspire.
I could find a 10. Thing for you that I do but I’m going to leave that one to you and urge you to go out and do something that makes you happy. The goal is to be a little more positive than you were yesterday.
Lots of love