15 ways to make you happy now

  1. Smile Try this today when you go out – smile at everyone you see. Yes – even strangers. The more you smile, the more people will smile back at you. Be prepared to be surprised at what comes back to you. You will feel happier and you will be spreading happiness around you.
  2. Use the word “thanks” generously in appreciation Tell all the people in your life how much you appreciate them being there for you. Remember to show your appreciation also for those people who make life so easy for you such as the postman and the road sweeper. Also, tell at least one person today just what you like about them.
  3. Show GratitudeCount your blessings and look at all the amazing things around you. Notice the little things we all take for granted e.g. fresh food available at our doorsteps all year around. Make a list of at least 5 things that you are grateful for in your life. Be happy with what you’ve got – not what you want. Be focused on what is right in your life rather than what is wrong.
  4. Cut Down on the Input of Negativity Through the Media Stay well informed, but watching and reading news reports over and over again about things you can do nothing about will create dark clouds in your life. Choose to watch a comedy clip instead.
  5. Do something for othersSmall acts of kindness are magical and giving of yourself is one of the best ways to be happy. For example, give up your seat to an elderly person in the train. Have a friendly conversation with the cashier at the supermarket. Or if you find someone feeling down, give them your company of cheering them up. Be aware of the opportunities and possibilities around you everyday to have more fun, fulfilment and joy in your life. You can simply choose to see the world as your oyster.
  6. “Laughter is the best medicine”Learn to look at the lighter side of everything or join the laughter yoga and allow yourself to have a good laugh for at least 15 minutes. Laughter doesn’t have to come from watching a comedy movie or listening to jokes etc. Laughter yoga is based on the theory that if you laugh your body will not understand whether its genuine or fake but you will still benefit from it.
  7. Do not look at your past misgivings and feel down.Instead think of the happy times you had and list down some of them so that you can recall them whenever you need some perking up.
  8. Is good to have enough sleep. Adds up to your happiness.
  9. Exercise Regularly or practice hatha yogaA good 45 minutes to 1 hour of workout should strengthen your body, mind and spirit.
  10. Eat Healthy and Quality FoodHow good you feel depends so much on what you are putting into your body. You need and deserve quality foods. Determine what food really works for you, and develop a personal way of eating that will support you. Consult a nutritionist if necessary. Treat yourself – because you are worth it.
  11. Appreciate the Nature Around You We are all too busy rushing to our destinations daily. Stop for a moment to appreciate the beauty of the opening buds of the rose or daisies. Allow yourself to be amazed by this miracle of nature. Continue to remind yourself about how beautiful nature is and allow yourself to be in awe.
  12. Consider Learning a New Skill Whilst You CanYou will get an immense sense of accomplishment if you finally start a course that you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have time. Enrolling on an evening course will also give you a chance to meet other like minded people – and potential new friends.
  13. Look for Ways of Helping Other PeopleInstead of focussing on yourself all the time and your current life situation change your focus to helping the needy. Checkout the many volunteer opportunities around you – that are dire for help. Look to do anything for others that will be different and that gets you out of your comfort zone at the same time. The need for help is there all year around – and you can be the one to do so now.
  14. When visiting someone always bring them a giftIt doesn’t have to be an expensive gift. Just bring a flower or give them a compliment or even a silent blessing.
  15. Capture moments of silence in meditationIsolate yourself for a few minutes everyday to savour the peace and silence that is within you. Sitting down, relaxed, take in a few deep breaths, and becoming aware as to who you are “I am Peace….” “I am Silence….” “I am Love….” And let these feelings linger within for a few moments.
15 ways to make you happy now
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