Happiness comes in so many different guises that its really difficult to pin down exactly what makes up happy.
Unhappiness, well we know this immediately. We know what it looks and feels like. We know when it has us in it’s grasp.
Studies show that happiness has little to do with our own life circumstances. This is because happiness is mainly under our control. We synthesise it ourselves. So we either create it or we don’t.
Happiness is a product of our outlook on life.
Happiness – Learn What Makes You Happy
Discovering what works for you is of the utmost importance! Making happiness for yourself is good for your health as well as your performance in all areas of life.
Here are just a few points, they may seem glaringly obvious but it’s surprising how much difference each one can make to our general happiness.
Exercise (I know I’ve been here before but it’s so important!)
Movement, even a ten minute walk, lifts the mood and reduces anxiety, it is good for your head as well as your body.
Maintaining your personal values.
Heeding your moral compass and standing your ground, in all of your relationships will therefore prevent feelings of regret and dissatisfaction.
Don’t worry about things beyond your control. There is a huge difference between being informed about/understanding world events and worrying about them.
Sleeping well. The restorative power of sleep is well documented. We all know how lacklustre we feel if we don’t have enough sleep.
When you’re asleep your brain literally detoxes and recharges itself after the day’s activities.
Not making sleep a priority means stress hormone levels rise and energy, motivation and memory all reduce.
Improve your emotional intelligence.
Happy people do tend to have emotional intelligence as part of their skill set. Here’s a great link showing the importance of EI.
Believe in the future.
Collect happiness memories but don’t fall into the trap of magnifying past pleasures so much that the present feels poor. Don’t lose faith in the promise of the future, you can out perform past experiences and as a result be happier.