I’m sure you remember the song “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”? I was reflecting on this and what really happiness means.
We know this means contentment, gladness or joy, however, are we happy and do we know it?
Have you thought what makes you happy and what do you do to make you happy?
I try and work on being happy now, because working on being happy surely means I’m not happy now!
Here are some of things you could actively do to help you feel happy:
Gratitude – We need to start from a place of being grateful for what we have. If we’re not then we are discontented. Being grateful needs to be an action that we do and not just a thought. We default onto negative thoughts mostly focusing on what we don’t have rather than what we do have.
Task 1 – Every morning you could start the day with stating out loud what you are grateful for, if you’re feeling ambitious you might find more than one, three is good! You could write them down, this is a great way to remind yourself later in the day when things aren’t going so well.
Finding at least one thing you are grateful for every day can start to change your mindset and help you feel happy now!
Exercise – Every day you could find time to take between 5 to 15 minutes; ‘time out’ to do some form of exercise, whether this is walking, running, cycling or a short session in a gym.
Exercising not only makes us feel better in ourselves, but it releases all those lovely endorphins giving us that ‘feel good factor’.
Task 2 – To enable us to build this time into our busy days with our over-full diaries, we need to consider exercise as a high priority. We then need to insert exercise times into our calendars and ensure these aren’t squeezed out by seemingly other ‘more important’ activities. You’d be surprised at the difference building this into a schedule can make in the mid to long term.
Instead of singing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” try expressing gratitude and doing some exercise every day!
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