Happiness isn’t something that simply happens to you over night. It’s an emotion you can find within yourself that sometimes needs a little extra encouragement
“We all need to live a happy life… science say so.”
So, what makes you happy?
Happiness isn’t something that simply happens to you over night. It’s an emotion you can find within yourself that sometimes needs a little extra encouragement to come out and say hello.
Studies have proven that the simple act of smiling can make you feel happier. It’s crazy how a small thing like a smile can be so infectious, and how a simple smile can mean the world to somebody else. Try it yourself– Give someone a smile, a “how are you?” or even a text message to say that they’re awesome.
Small acts of kindness are easy to give out, and can mean the world to the receiver.
“Mindfulness? Isn’t that to do with sitting cross legged and meditating?”
Turns out that mindfulness is as simple as taking a few moments to focus on yourself. It simply means living in the present moment; the now. Mindfulness encourages you to notice what’s happening inside your mind and body at any given moment. It also increases your awareness of what’s happening around you.
The key is not to label or judge what you are thinking or feeling. Simply put, your feelings aren’t good or bad; they just are. The trick is learning to be at peace with yourself and how you are feeling.
7 simple ways to be mindful today
In this crazy world that we live in, so many of us don’t have five minutes to ourselves to sit down and chill, let alone 30 minutes or more for a fully blown meditation session.
So if you are a master juggler of life, you may find it helpful to incorporate these simple mindfulness exercises in to your day. It doesn’t take too long actually empty your mind and find some much-needed calm amidst the crazy.
Take a walk. You don’t have to go far, just clear your head and get into the open air. Leave your mind inside and be at peace.
Colouring in. The simple act of taking some time for yourself. You could even link different colours to different moods, and visually explore your emotions.
Mindful eating. Explore your senses. What can you smell? How does it feel? What does it look like? Describe the taste.
Show appreciation. Take the time to show that you are fully present with another person. When you take the simple action of expressing appreciation, others will be drawn to you like a magnet, and their respect for you will blossom.
Notice your thoughts. Remember, mindfulness is non-judgemental. Take some time to notice your thoughts, albeit positive or negative. It may be nice to think of your thoughts as a bubble outside of your little safe box. When you separate yourself from your thoughts, it’s easier for you to remove some of the power they have over your emotions.
Gratitude log. There are so many different things to be grateful for in life. Sometimes it just takes a little work. Being thankful for the many wonderful things in your life that can alter your perspective and elevate your mood.
Body Scan. This doesn’t need to take ages. Just check in on how you are feeling in different areas of your body and bring your awareness to the present moment. Relax your body, and focus your mind.
how to love yourself a little more
Body image; when you put these two words together, what do they mean to you? Do you have feelings of self love and value, or do you feel embarrassed and ‘not good enough’?
Positive body image starts in the mind, not the mirror. It can change the way you see your value and worth. Having a positive body image plays a big part in feeling good about yourself and in your overall well-being. You should never worry about what people think. Remember, you are unique just like everyone else!
Knowing how to love yourself can sometimes be difficult, but it’s something we all need to learn. Here’s some super simple exercises that can help get you started:
First things first: Find what really makes you happy.
Happiness means different things to different people. What makes your friends happy may not be the same for you, so have a little think about what really makes you smile. Grab a notebook and jot down 3 things that really make you happy.
Next up: Find reasons to love yourself.
When you love your body, it’s much easier to treat it right. Find other space in that notebook to jot down 3 things you really do love about yourself.
Number three: What are your goals?
Set yourself some goals that are realistic and easy to achieve. That way, you won’t be let down if you can’t accomplish everything at once! Take it one step at a time, and always remember to think positively.
Last but not least: What’s your perfect day?
This is a really fun task. Be descriptive with describing what happens on your perfect day. What time do things happen? What can you see? What can you smell? Who are you with? How do you want to feel today?
Your life is made up of years, your years are made up of months, your months are made up of weeks, and your weeks are made up of days. If you get your days right, everything else falls into place.