How to find Happiness in 2016
As we approach another New Year there are so many pressures on us but by making small changes to our life we can try to cope with them and bring happiness to ourselves & those around us.
What are your hopes & aspirations for 2016? Would you like to incorporate a little more exercise into your routine? Maybe you will try to eat a little healthier and hope to lose a little weight? A new hobby or pastime which gives you the chance to meet new people may be in your sights? You are going to try to spend more time visiting friends and family? You are going to find time each week to pop in to see that elderly neighbour who may be feeling particularly lonely at this time of year?
By making these small changes we can improve our state of mind & try to attain that elusive state of “Happiness” we all aspire to. Here are a few other adjustments we can all make in our everyday lives:
- Slow Down –This can be difficult in the frenetic world we live in but, by making a point of setting aside time for a night off or by not feeling guilty about doing nothing at all occasionally, we can maintain a sense of control over our busy lives.
- Nourish your body – It has been proved that the food we eat can have a direct impact on our serotonin levels & therefore our moods. So make your diet rich in high quality proteins, leafy green vegetables, antioxidant rich fruits, probiotics & the occasional piece of dark chocolate.
- Follow the 60% rule – The pursuit of perfectionism can be an illusion and can be damaging to your overall wellbeing so readjust your thinking. Be happy with a 60% success rate in your friendships, relationships & work & avoid an “All or nothing” approach to life.
- Declutter – Clearing out cupboards helps give you a sense of control and also helps you enjoy the objects that you have consciously decided to keep. Donating items to the local charity shop will give someone else the chance to enjoy things which you no longer need.
- Breathe – When you are confronted by a stressful situation, try the one-finger-on-the-nose breathing trick. Cover one nostril & breathe through the other. By halving the rate at which you breathe, you lower your blood pressure & trigger the body’s relaxation response.
- Exercise – Lack of exercise can leave you feeling sluggish & lethargic so try starting the day with a brisk walk(on the spot if necessary!), a few star jumps or lunges or anything that gets your heart rate up & releases endorphins to set you up for the day.
- Redefine failure – Don’t be too hard on yourself when things go wrong. Learn from your mistakes and instead of viewing them negatively use them as stepping stones in the future.
- Read a poem aloud – This only takes a few moments but in those moments all your troubles are cast to the back of your mind & hopefully melt away. Focus on the lyrical sounds of the words or choose a funny verse to make you laugh out loud. Often children’s rhymes can be the tonic that you need to bring a moment of happiness into your day.
Try a few of these suggestions to improve your overall happiness & that of the people you come into contact with.