7 Ways to Be Happier

7 Tips for a Happier Life

How can you have a happier life? Try these seven things!

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Are you struggling with life? Just can't seem to find a reason, yet not so depressed you'd actually think about seeking help. Maybe you just aren't finding the joy in those things that used to make you happy? Here are seven things that you can try to help put a hop back into your step:

1. Be Grateful

It helps to keep track of those things we are grateful for

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Create a gratitude journal. Find something to be grateful for each day and write it down before you go to bed. It may not seem like it makes sense, to be grateful for something when you are still grumbly...but try it. The next time you make that green light or the bus just in time, say "thank you" to the Universe.

2. Smile

Smile...others will smile too!

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Think about an idea in the morning that puts a smile on your face. No one has to know what you're smiling about. Meet everyone with a smile. Some people will smile back, others may look at you like you're crazy...but chances are they will be smiling when they do it! Smiling is contagious, try it!

3.   Embrace Your Beliefs - Live Them

Whatever you believe...practice it

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Everyone has things they believe in. Be it a religious or spiritual belief or a belief in the common good of humanity, those beliefs need to be acted upon for their greatest benefit. If you have a religious membership, incorporate those things that you do to maintain it into your schedule. If you believe in helping the homeless, make time in your day to do it. What you believe in is deeply personal, the activities you choose to represent those beliefs will be just as personal.

4.    Set Simple Goals & Reward Yourself When You Meet Them

Does your closet need some TLC...Mine sure does!

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This isn't about the big things you've been wanting to do for years, these are small things, goals you can set and meet easily within a week. Maybe you've been wanting to clean out that closet and give those old clothes away? Set a goal and do it. Then reward yourself with a new top or maybe a special treat at the local bakery you've been wanting to try.

5.    Spend More Time with Your Friends

Our friends need us as much as we need them!

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The people you call your friends are your chosen family. They laugh and cry with you. Call them. Okay, maybe texting would be preferable. However you communicate with your friends, do more of it! Make a plan and get together every couple of weeks for coffee or something. They miss you.

Get A Dog -- or Two!

Even going to the beach is more fun with dogs!

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Our canine companions make us happy in so many ways. They will greet you with a wagging tail when you leave even for a few minutes. One side-effect of exchanging looks with or petting a dog is a "happiness hormone," oxytocin, is released in both the dog and you!

7.   Walk Your Talk – Live Your Ideals

Participation in those activities that support our ideals is essential for a full life

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Make the extra effort to do those things you talk about doing. If you believe that eating meat isn't the best choice, choose alternative protein sources. If you believe we should use less plastic, act on it, use fewer plastic items. Whatever your ideals are, put them into practice, you'll be all the happier for it.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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