Here are 18 simple things you can do that will keep you happy on a day to day basis.
1. Walk tall and straight.
Improving posture increases are confidence. When people are happy, they walk with a brisk pace and shoulders back. Our body language can change our lives for the better.
Amy Cuddy, psychologist from Harvard University said that we need to fake it ’til we become it. So, walk as if you’re happy and you can actually improve your mood.
2. Enjoy Nature.
You don’t need Niagara Falls in front of you to see how beautiful is nature around you. Watching some birds in the park is also great. So, go outside to read a book. Don’t listen to the music, just listen to the bird chirp and other sounds of nature. The fresh air will calm your mind.
If you can’t go outside, just open your window and look at the blue sky for a few minutes. By observing nature you will feel happier and more relaxed.
Our connections with nature could improve our health, happiness and well-being.
5. Be grateful.
When you feel gratitude, it gives boost to the hypothalamus and we just immediately feel happier. You can read more about it in a book called The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. It was written by a neuroscientist Alex Korb and it explains perfectly this phenomenon.
Start writing gratitude journal before bed. How does it work? Before you go to sleep, write down 50 things that you were grateful for on that particular day. It doesn’t have to be something big as getting a big promotion at work, it can be so simple like having your favorite ice cream for dessert. If you can be happy with simple things, it will be simple to be happy. It’s hard to think of 50 things, but that is actually the point. Don’t give up.
There are so many things you can do – go for a hike, start doing yoga, find some exercising channel on YouTube and exercise at home.
7. Keep a journal.
Try keeping a morning journal. Write down whatever is bothering you and you want to talk to someone about, whatever you’re too nervous or afraid about… This can be the place where you can write everything negative you are keeping inside you, every dark thought, every fear and worry. If you’re still not sure about it, read here why you should keep a daily journal.