We all try to live a stress-free, positive life, but the expression “don’t worry, be happy” is easier said than done, right? Sometimes, your road to happiness can be quite simple with some small steps:
- Sleep angry
Not only is sleep restorative, contrary to popular belief, it’s ok (and maybe even better) to go to bed annoyed or frustrated. Expressing anger towards petty nuisances only intensifies aggravation. Instead, let those feelings rest because oftentimes a good night’s sleep allows the anger to boil down.
- Go outside
Science has proven that the outdoors boosts your mood. So, get some fresh air to take a break from the indoors and because science said so.
In addition to improving your physical health, staying active releases endorphins in the brain, relieves stress, and boosts your self-esteem.
- Make your bed
As simple as this may sound, making your bed can actually improve your confidence. Integrating this into your daily routine will give you a sense of accomplishment every morning. Not to mention, your room will look significantly neater.
- Engage in a hobby or find a new one
A hobby that you enjoy and that demands your full attention provides an outlet that can improve patience, focus, relaxation, well-being and, of course, happiness.
- Spend more time with family and friends
With the support, love, and company of others, those positive relationships can significantly improve your well-being.
- Fake it ‘til you make it
If you’re feeling down, make a conscious effort to act more cheerful than you feel. It may trick you into actually feeling happier.
- Don’t dwell
Dwelling on things will not make bad feelings go away. Instead, try and accept and acknowledge the fact that you feel a certain way. If there’s nothing you can do to fix the situation, move on. If there is, take action!
- Do a good deed
Giving back allows you to make a positive difference in the lives of others, which can be very rewarding for you, in many ways.
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