It would be nice if we could be happy without trying, but you and I both know it’s just not that easy. Like anything valuable, happiness takes effort to achieve.
The good news, though, is that happiness IS within your reach, and I’ve joined with other mental health experts over at BuzzFeed Life to map out some practical happiness strategies you can get started on NOW.
We all have times in our lives during which achieving happiness is a little more difficult. Perhaps you are recovering from job loss or struggling to preserve a relationship that is suffering. Even during these times (maybe especially during these times), having a formula—a step-by-step system to follow can make the difference between winning with happiness or succumbing to despair.
Read the whole article here, but here are a few strategies to get you started on your way to banishing gloom and creating happiness:
1. Eliminate guilt by eliminating the word ‘should.’
‘Should’ carries judgmental overtones. Saying you should do something implies error if you don’t do it. Are you ‘should-ing’ yourself into discouragement? Replacing ‘I should’ with ‘I would like’ can have a powerful impact on how happy you are.
When you exercise, your brain changes for the better, and when your brain changes, it affects, well, everything! Exercising produces ‘happy’ chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins can be as powerful as anti-depressants in making you feel a sense of well-being and joy.
3. Plan a vacation.
A study in the journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life found that planning a vacation brought about a bigger happiness boost than taking the vacation itself! The takeaway? Start planning a get-away, even if it will be months before you leave!
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