Feeling a little blah? Thinking you aren’t as happy as you could be? Letting stress and anxiety take over? This little diddy is just what you need then! I am going over 6 ways to give your life a happiness boost today! Six things to take with you, implement in your daily life, and start feeling happier. They’ve worked for me and I hope these tips will work for you too! Life is too short to be living angry, sad, or stressed out. Of course, these things will happen from time to time. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. But, these six tips will help you maintain a more positive outlook on life that will boost your mood and boost your overall happiness day-to-day!
1. LEAVE WORK AT WORK
Or school at school or blank at blank. The point? Don’t less your stressful job ruin your evening. Most of us have jobs that have some amount of stress involved. We can leave work being all worked up and cranky. Why take that home with you? We already spend enough time at work, why not enjoy the time you have away from it? Matt and I try to not talk much about work at home. I have had people tell me this is really weird. But why? Why bring up all the stress and drama of the work day? You have 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to talk about that stuff. Why bring it home with you? We prefer to spend our time outside of work enjoying each other’s company, playing with the dogs, and doing fun activities. And I think you should too. Leave work behind. Leave school behind. Let yourself be 100% present in your free time. Enjoy the other 16 hours of the day!
2. MAKE TIME FOR YOUR HOBBIES
I’ve heard this a million times, and I can’t stress it enough … when life gets busy and we get stressed, the first thing to go are our hobbies! But this doesn’t make any sense to me. Typically, our hobbies are the things that we enjoy the most. They bring us the most joy. They relieve our stress. Why cut them out of your life?! But, I’ve been there too. How can you justify sitting down and drawing for an hour when you’ve got 17 other things on your to-do list. Sometimes, it isn’t the easiest thing to justify. But, just do it. It is totally worth it. Matt and I both try our hardest to make time for our hobbies. I am sort of a hobby-o-holic. I love amassing new hobbies and I tend to circulate throughout them depending on the season. Right now, my main hobbies are doggy adventures, gardening, yoga, and reading. But, throughout the year, I go through phases of drawing, sewing, crocheting, wine making, homesteading, canning, etc. etc. If you are thinking that you have NO TIME for your hobbies then here is my proposition for you. Trade off an hour of nightly TV for an hour of hobby time. Or trade off morning Facebook strolling for hobbies. There is more time in the day than we sometimes realize. I know we have all been in the Facebook vortex where you think “oh, I’ll just pop in” … then 45 minutes later you are creepin on some second cousin of a high school friend that you have never/will never meet. Spend you time more wisely and choose your hobbies!!
3. EMPOWER/ENCOURAGE OTHERS
In my mind, this is a big one! I think it is so important to support those around you, or total strangers for that matter! We don’t do this enough in our society and it is such a shame. We often turn to jealousy, especially on social media when people are posting about big accomplishments/life events. Why not try being happy for others instead of jealous or negative? I love uplifting others, making them smile and laugh. It makes me truly happy. We all know those people who never have anything nice to say about anyone or are super rude to everyone they come in contact with. Does that person seem happy to you? NO! They seem miserable, don’t they? Don’t be that mean, cranky person! Instead … be the smiling, happy person who is cheering her friends on as they accomplish all of their goals! Did you friend just lose 30 pounds?! Don’t be jealous that you didn’t lose any weight … praise them! That is such an accomplishment! Be happy for them! Or be the person that is complimenting strangers on their outfit or hair style. It really will boost your mood, I promise! Putting a smile on a stranger’s face will put a smile on your face. Guaranteed. (No matter how cheesy that sounds!)
4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ACT SILLY
Really, don’t be afraid. Are you the one on the beach doing handstands in public … or are you glaring at them from a distance thinking they are freaks? Who do you think is having more fun in that situation?!?! I’ll tell you from experience … it is the one doing the handstands in public and falling on their face 100 times. Be silly from time to time, it is so much fun and will make you laugh and smile. Who cares if someone is judging you from afar, YOU are having a blast. Get it girl. Dance in public, do weird things in crowded places, sing your heart out to that song. Go for it. And you know what, if someone is staring at you like you have 12 heads … invite them to play along. They clearly need a mood booster.
5. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LOVING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I know, this one is kind of DUHHHH but sometimes we can forget it. Our friends and family are our biggest support system. Some days you need a little help getting on the happiness train. You don’t have to do it alone! We all go through tough times. We all have bad days. Remember that your family and friends are ALWAYS there to cheer you on and support you. Don’t be afraid to use them for that. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you are going through and that you just need some extra love today. Most people will gladly accept the offer to help out. Our friends and families are also the ones who are supporting our dreams, cheering us on, being silly in public with us, etc. etc. So spend time with them as much as you can! Supportive family and friends are an instant mood booster.
6. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Who cares if the laundry sits another day without being folded. It isn’t a big deal that you were 5 minutes late to work today. Don’t spend your time stressing and obsessing over every little thing going according to plan. It isn’t going to. Just let it go. I’ve had to learn this one myself. I used to get so stressed out over little things that I would become physically sick. WHY?! Why was I doing that to myself. Getting so worried that my 5 minute speech for business class wouldn’t be PERFECT. Who cares? No one is going to remember it the next day anyways. Or getting so worried at work that I couldn’t accomplish everything that needed done, it would be consuming my whole mind. It will get done when it gets done. And I’m not saying be lazy and take your grand ole time getting stuff done, I still busted my butt. But I wouldn’t let it affect my mood any more. I’d rather work with a happy person than a stressed person any day, and I bet most of us are the same way. So, my advice? Control what you can control, don’t worry about what is out of your reach, and accept that there are going to be hiccups along the way. Roll with it. Have fun with it. It will keep you much happier.
OVER TO YOU: How do you boost happiness in your life? What works for you? What doesn’t? Let me know in the comments below!