For most of us, the goal in life isn’t to own the biggest house, drive the most expensive car or go on the most exclusive holidays. It’s happiness. Some people are born with a happier disposition, where’s others tend to see the ‘glass as half empty’.
We predominantly deal with the physical side of wellbeing hear at CoActive, however regardless of your health and fitness goals if you are happier in yourself then you are much more likely to be successful.
The following tips can make a real difference in how you feel and ultimately how happy you are:
In today’s fast paced society, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and take things for granted. Appreciating the big and the small things can have a hugely positive effect on our mental wellbeing and ultimately our happiness. A great way of practising gratitude is completing a grateful log at night. This involves making time before you go to sleep to list the things you are grateful for. It can be big things like the health of your children or small things like the comfort of your bed. As well as helping you to feel happier it has the added bonus of improving your sleep.
Slow down take your time and notice the small things
Instead of rushing from one thing to another, resolve to have less to do each day, less appointments and fewer tasks. Then do each thing slowly, with mindfulness and ease, and try to be present in the moment. We’re all guilty of taking too much on from time to time, ultimately this runs us down and leads to stress. Much better to do less but do it well.
Slowing down will give your more time to notice your feelings and surroundings. Noticing the little things will help keep you focused and in the present.
Follow your passions
If you do what you love to do, especially for a living, you are very likely be happy. This is one of the best things you can do. If it seems impossible, don’t give up. Others have done it and you can too. Seek someone out who is at the top of their field within your chosen industry and invest in spending time with them to find out how they got there.
Following your passions can lead to a state of ‘Flow’, which is when you completely lose yourself in a task and forget about the world around you. It leads to happiness, and productivity.
Get out into nature
Go and watch a sunrise or sunset. Watch the water, whether that’s a river or ocean or lake. Watch the stars, or the clouds.
The closer we are to nature the healthier we are. It’s in our DNA and it’s what we evolved from so it’s no wonder we feel healthier and more alive when immersed in the elements.
A great way of connecting with nature is simply walking barefoot on grass or sand. This is known as earthing, it allows the earths electrons to be absorbed directly into your body. These electrons give off energy which are thought to have healing properties that make you feel good.
Just the simple act of laughing can make you happier. What’s amazing is that it’s also been shown to improve blood pressure, aid sleep and boost immune function. As children, we laugh easily and often, however as we get older sometimes we can take life a little too seriously. So lighten up, spend more time with friends and family laugh more!