What is happiness? If you ask me, happiness is not a constant state of being, or something we can ever “reach.” Instead, if we’re lucky, I think happiness is a feeling we can experience in moments. It’s unrealistic to expect to feel happy all the time, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to experience happiness a few times a day, at a kind word someone has uttered, a lucky circumstance, or for a job well done.
Still, sometimes it can be difficult to let ourselves feel happy. But by doing any of these 8 things, you can feel a little happier right here, right now.
#1 – Reach out to someone you care about.
It doesn’t matter how you do it — in person, over the phone, by text, via email. Just do it. It can be a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or to your mom to see how her day is going. Connecting with others we love can often make us feel good about ourselves. Bonus: in turn, you’ll probably make your loved one feel pretty happy, too.
#2 – Compliment someone.
I really love complimenting people. I do it as often as I can, even if it’s seemingly small. I love the look on someone’s face when I say something kind. You’ll be surprised how much offering a kind word to someone else can have a positive impact on you!
#3 – Break your routine.
When we feel like we’re stuck in a rut, it can be hard to feel much positivity. But breaking your routine can help. Try a new place for lunch, go for a coffee break, or even take a new route home. I think it can help you feel more in control of your life and less like a “cog in a machine.”
#4 – Think of one thing you’re grateful for.
There is so much we’re each truly, genuinely lucky to have — from good health to loving families. Stop your day for just a moment and think of one thing you feel thankful for and you’ll instantly feel a little bit happier.
#5 – Listen to a great song.
We all have those songs that make us want to get up and dance. Listen to one! And maybe even do a little dance. Sometimes a great song has the power to change my mood completely.
#6 – Smile.
Even if you don’t feel like it. It’s been scientifically proven that faking a smile can actually make you feel happier.
#7 – Work out.
It doesn’t have to be intense, but even a quick walk on your lunch break or opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator can help you feel good.
#8 – Turn off OR participate in social media.
Spending too much time on Facebook has been linked to depression. You should always try your best not to let what people post on Facebook get to you (it’s so important, we wrote about it!), but when you feel yourself comparing yourself to others, sometimes it’s best to log off. Another option is to actively participate. Sharing things on your page and interacting can make you feel better than simply sitting back and watching everyone else share their great news.
What are some things you’d suggest doing to feel happier right now?