7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Happiness Right Now
Happiness. Chances are we could all use a little more happy in our lives. From the stresses of work, to finances, to holidays, among numerous other things that can contribute to feeling not-so-great, it seems like achieving happiness may be a constant uphill battle.
However, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, achieving happiness isn’t a far-off, long-term goal that can only be reached after years of changing your habits. Boosting happiness is something that be done in a matter of minutes, and is something that you can start working on right now. Read on to see how you can battle the blues in quick, easy, and highly effective ways.
Top 7 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Happiness
Physical activity is one of the best ways to boost your mood. Regardless of how much you’re dragging your feet to go for a walk or head to the gym, you will never regret doing so once you’re done. Why is that? Because physical activity helps boost endorphins — those happy neurochemicals that, according to sport and exercise psychologist J. Kip Matthews, Ph.D. in a CNN interview, “activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort,” as well as “bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being.” Your body and brain will remember that happy feeling they both get from exercise, so when you’re feeling down, you may find your body automatically pushing you to go to the gym. And listen to that call!
Exercise will always leave you feeling refreshed, relieved of stress, and maybe even able to tackle your unhappiness with a whole new mindset. If you’re suffering from vein problems that are keeping you from getting on your feet, contact a vein clinic near you so that you can work out these kinks and get on your way to happiness.
Cross those tedious things off your to-do list
We’d be hard-pressed to find someone who completes everything on their to-do list. Sure, maybe some of us are better at tackling the bigger projects than others, but we all have those annoying little tasks that seem to just linger on our to-do list, never getting crossed off. Things such as scheduling an appointment with your optometrist, to setting up your bills for auto pay — these simple little tasks sometimes seem like the hardest one to accomplish.
When you start feeling blue, head to those items that keep rolling over from to-do list to to-do list, and set aside an hour to tackle them. The accomplishment you will feeling from taking care of those lingering nuisances will bring you very simple, yet meaningful joy.
Reconnect with an old friend
It feels as if modern day life is quite a paradox — it is easier for us to connect with other people than it has ever been thanks to the Internet and cell phones, yet the racing-fast pace of our lives makes finding time to connect with people incredibly difficult. This disconnection from people while living in a world that you feel is seemingly connected (via Facebook, Instagram, etc.), can bring about some sadness on its own.
So, whether you are feeling the blues about your separation from people, or something entirely different, rekindling a connection with someone from the past, or sparking a new connection is a sure way to instantly improve your happiness. Feeling a link, a bond to other people is something that brings humans great happiness. So, whether it’s an email, a coffee date, or a phone call, reach out to someone and watch your levels of happiness improve.
With the false perceptions of reality that social media creates, it is easier now than ever to feel that you are missing out on a lot in life. “I wish I could travel as much as she does.” “I wish that I was as fit as he is.” “I wish that I made enough money to buy that car.” Daily, it is thrown in our faces via social media that other people are doing life better, and that leaves us feeling a great deal of emptiness. However, take a moment to think about what people are possibly looking at your social media profiles and wishing that they had your life? Chances are good, there are a lot of them out there.
So, when you are starting to feel blue, reach for a journal where you can jot down three things that you are thankful for. In fact, to help fight off the onset of unhappy feelings in the long-term, make writing in your gratitude journal a daily practice. What you write can be as simple as, “I’m thankful that I have a warm bed to sleep in tonight,” or can be something on a much larger scale such as “I’m thankful that I have been given the opportunity to work in my dream job.”
Taking some moments to stop wishing you had something more, and be thankful for what you already have will improve your happiness greatly.
Bring some zen into your space
While some require a highly-organized workspace, and others seems to thrive in their workspace despite the chaos that surrounds them, everyone can benefit from doing some organizing, and bringing more peace into their space. Even if you aren’t typically bothered by messes on your desk, chances are good that you’ve got a stack of bills sitting on your desk, serving not only as a reminder, but also as a source of stress.
By simply setting aside 10 minutes to clear off your workspace, file those bills to take care of (when you practice #2 above), and clean up all the coffee mugs you’ve been hoarding for the past week, you will feel a huge relief. You’ll return to work at your desk in a much happier state, and wonder how you were ever able to get anything done with such a mess around you!
Take a nap
Lack of sleep is one of the leading factors of depression. This was tested, and proven in a recent University of Pennsylvania study. During this study, subjects were only allowed 4.5 hours of sleep a night for a week and as a result, suffered feelings of stress, anger, sadness, and mental exhaustion. Once the subjects were allowed to return to normal sleep, their moods greatly improved. But, getting a full night’s sleep can be quite a challenge.
Many of us are unable to sleep, as thoughts seem to race into our brains the minute our bodies stop moving for the day and lay down in bed. Avoiding things such as scrolling through your social media feeds on your phone, watching TV, and eating sugary foods right before bed can help greatly in improving your sleep. If you just cannot seem to get enough sleep no matter how hard you try, you can always opt to take a nap. Just a short nap can help you feel refreshed and help boost your mood.
Try something new
Getting outside of your comfort zone and trying something new is a great way to distract your brain from its unhappiness, and give you some confidence in the meantime. If you’ve been wanting to tackle a new difficult recipe in the kitchen, learn a foreign language, try out a new class at the gym — now is your chance!
Do some research so you feel confident going into this new thing, and also keep an open mind. You will likely surprise yourself with what you’re able to do, and you’ll feel great knowing that you accomplished something you’ve had on your mind for a long time.
Battling unhappiness isn’t always an easy feat. However, it isn’t always as difficult as we make it out to be. Rather than believing that happiness can only be achieved with major life changes, realize you have the power to change things on a smaller scale. Next time you’re feeling down, refer back to these suggestions and give one or two of them a try. We’d be very surprised if you didn’t immediately feel 10 times better.
If your vein health is something that’s slowing you down, and keeping you from being able to achieve the level of happiness you deserve, contact a Vein Clinics of America clinic near you today for a free consultation that will help you get back on your happy, and healthy