35 Ways To Be Happy

35 Ways To Be Happy

Choose happiness.
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It isn't easy to stay happy and positive when life gets tough. Here are some ways to keep up the fight for happiness.

1. Being happy is a choice.

2. Do more of what makes you happy.

3. Give compliments.

4. Perform random acts of kindness.

Helping others feels good.

5. Learn to recognize negative thoughts...

6. ...and replace them with positive ones.

7.Cut toxic people out of your life.

Don't associate yourself with negativity.

8. Learn to forgive those who have hurt you.

Embrace the healing power of forgiveness.

9. Let go of the past.

10. Keep your eye on your long-term goals.

11. Focus on your blessings rather than your shortcomings.

Appreciate what you have; don't harp on what you don't.

12. Smile.

It's scientifically proven that smiling, even fake smiling, makes you feel happier. The same goes for frowning; it makes you feel sad. Make the constant effort to put a smile on your face.

13. Laugh as much as possible.

Not only does laughing make you feel good, it burns calories!

14. Happiness is a lifestyle.

Not a mood. Don't just feel happy in temporary moments. Make the choice to be happy every day!

15. Don't let other people get you down.

The only person in charge of your happiness is you.

16. Don't rely on others for your happiness.

17. Rid yourself of hatred.

Whenever you find yourself thinking or saying that you hate something or someone, pause. Revert to positivity.

18. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

You get out of this life what you put into it. Resist the urge to be negative.

19. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

20. Live in the moment.

Don't beat yourself up over the past, or stress yourself out about the future. Live for the here and now.

21. Don't seek out happiness.

The more you chase happiness, the more it will allude you.

22. Create your own happiness.

A happy life is up to you.

23. Don't seek approval from others.

No matter what you do, someone is going to disagree with you. Live your life the way you want to live it. Don't waste time worrying about what others think.

24. Seek self-acceptance.

Learn to accept yourself for who you are.

25. Stop worrying about things you cannot change.

26. Help others.

27. Feel no regrets.

Even if you do harbor regrets, don't let them drag you down.

28. When something upsets you, ask yourself if it will matter five years from now. If the answer is no, let it go.

29. Be kind. It's contagious.

30. Don't lose sight of what is really important in life.

32. See the good in everything.

Don't focus on the negative when there are so many good things in life to be happy about.

33. Make the best of every situation.

34. Change your "why"'s to "why not?"'s.

35. Have faith.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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To All The Girls Who Never Felt Like They Mattered

We are all they same, if I'm important, so are you!

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I know that for a couple of my article I have written about boys out there, some that who had inspired me, but mostly some that have hurt me or made me realized different things in my life.

But now, I'm experiencing something new, something foreign to myself that I'm not even sure how to describe it. I met a guy, and at first, it was random, I met him by chance with some of the people I knew, he asked for my Snapchat, I gave it to him and that was that. The next day he snapped me and asked me to go out on a date with him, and at first I was confused, I couldn't even remember the last time I went on a date, so I was a little skeptical about it, but eventually, I said yes.

So, I went on a date with this guy, and it's been so long, I don't even remember how it's supposed to be like, but so far, everything's been good, nothing has been awkward or something like that so I'm giving it a chance. We finish the food, we leave the restaurant, and I know I had a great time, I know I hadn't enjoyed someone's company as much as I had his.

This all felt weird, but at the same time, it felt natural, it felt like it was something I needed to experience and go through to realize the things I been missing.

Now, it's been a couple of weeks since that day, and I'm still talking to him, he still makes me feel better about myself, and most importantly he makes me feel special. Like I'm someone worthy of the attention I'm receiving, and this is something new from how I used to feel. It has taken me a while to accept it, but slowly, I'm getting use it to, use to it in the way that doesn't make me feel uncomfortable with it, and instead I learn to accept it, use to it in the sense that I don't question it anymore, and instead I allow it to boost my confidence up, because now I know I'm better than what I thought I could be.

With all of this going on, it has opened my mind to new possibilities that I never thought possible. So, I'm telling all the girls out there, if I could find someone that made me feel special, so can you. I'm not saying I immediately fell in love with a guy out there, what I'm saying is that I'm allowing myself to feel something again, something that makes me feel special, and something that makes me feel like I matter.

So, I'm speaking to all the girls out there, if I could do it, so can you. Do not tell yourself what you can and can't do, simply allow yourself to feel it.

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