Character is defined in the midst of adversity and setbacks. It takes no special skill or discipline to enjoy life when things are going well. When you consciously make an effort to pay attention to what makes you happy and use the power of focus as a platform to meet and overcome your challenges; you will be successful in doing just that – being happy and peaceful.
You can easily empower yourself and others to be happy in the midst of life’s tough stuff – from unemployment and relationship issues to life-threatening diagnoses and tragedies. I have asked thousands of people what they do to be happy and to find peace in the wake of chaos and calamity. Below are 8 of the most popular tips people have shared with me.
Watch Some Funny Videos
Speaking of laughing, one way you can get yourself giggling is by watching some funny videos. That’s exactly what researchers had participants do in a study published in the journal of Advances in Mind-Body Medicine and it worked, making them less stressed and happier overall.
Declutter Your Life
Simplicity can definitely be a good thing especially when it comes to happiness. If your apartment has turned into a mess, take some time to get rid of what you don’t need and organize the rest. Having a freshly cleaned space will get your head in a much better space and you’ll feel so good after seeing the finished product.
Actually, Use Your Vacation Days
It’s easier said than done, right? With tight deadlines and an endless to-do list, a vacation might feel like it’s nearly impossible, but take your well-deserved time off: A study published in the journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life found even though it seems stressful, vacationers felt super happy before their trips. There’s nothing better than getting excited about an adventure ahead of you.
Wear Something You Feel Confident In
Those days when you take your time getting ready in the morning and slip on an outfit you feel your absolute best in are the days you feel the happiest, right? Ditch the clothes that don’t make you feel confident from your wardrobe and leave the ones that do: When you feel like you look good, your happiness levels shoot through the roof, too.
Read a New Book
Instead of spending your extra time on the couch watching Netflix, sit down with a new book you’ve been wanting to get your hands on. Being totally immersed in those pages will make you feel relaxed and refreshed—and make you a lot happier in the process.
Wear More Yellow
If you don’t have much yellow in your wardrobe, it’s time to stock up: A study published in the Journal of General Psychology found the color yellow makes adults feel all sorts of happy—hello, sunshine color!—so spending your day in a bright shirt or toting around a pretty bag will instantly lift your spirits.
Volunteer for a Cause Close to Your Heart
No matter how busy your schedule is, always make time to volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Your kindness will make an impact on others, and your work will give you a happiness boost too: A study published in BMC Public Health found volunteering not only improved participants’ well-being and life satisfaction, but was also linked to decreased depression. Good vibes all around.
Put On Your Favorite Feel-Good Movie
You know that movie that makes you feel all the feels every time you watch it? If you’re in need of a happiness boost, put it on and grab some popcorn. Watching your favorite scenes again will make you smile and you’ll feel joyful pretty much the instant it starts playing.
“People are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”– Abraham Lincoln 🙂 🙂