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You may be spending a lot of time looking for new and exciting ways to boost your happiness factor. The truth is, the most talked-about ways to put a smile on your face are common because they work. Don’t overlook the obvious. Use these 7 common ways to be happy in life.
7 Common Ways to Be Happy in Life (That Really Work)
1. Friends — Spend time with people who make you feel the most uplifted and try to spend some time with them each week. It does not have to include long, complicated visits. Go for a coffee, take a walk together, or work on a hobby you both enjoy. Happy is contagious, so surround yourself with positive-minded individuals (hint: it helps if you have a positive attitude, too!).
2. Sleep — It is important to get your rest. It makes perfect sense that if you are tired and out of sorts you will not be joyous about anything. You have to decide if that binge session of late-night Netflix is worth your mental health.
3. Exercise — The science on this has been around for a long time. However, it does not mean you need to spend a fortune on gym memberships and expensive equipment or clothing. Choose physical activities that make you feel good. Go for a walk in the park, play with your dog at the beach, or dance to your favorite tunes while you dust.
4. Diet — By now, most people know that a balanced diet is essential to all aspects of well-being. However, you should also be careful about how you “treat” or “reward” yourself. Is it a consolation if the bag of cookies makes you feel awful?
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5. Pretend — Your intention has an effect on reality. Decide when you get up in the morning that you are going to be happy today. Say it firmly to yourself, even out loud. Then watch how the events of your day unfold. If something negative happens, acknowledge that it has, deal with it if that is an option, and return your attention to feeling happy.
6. Nature — Spending time in nature has a tendency to make people more aware of the present moment. When this happens, you are not as likely to drift into fretting about the past or worrying about the future. It does not need to be a solitary deep woods excursion. A walk in the park or along the beach will do just fine.
7. Meditation — Practicing some form of mindfulness is known to increase feelings of peace. Find a teacher or practice that suits your personality and situation. If you include yoga sessions, you will also cover the exercise factor. Who doesn’t feel happy when they are relaxed and peaceful?
Instead of looking for happiness in material possessions or elsewhere, try these seven practical ways to be happy in life and put the pep back in your step.