How To Be Happy — A List

Blog Post #232

If you’re feeling a little blue right now, don’t despair — everyone experiences times when they feel less than happy.  It’s okay — life can be hard and it isn’t unusual to struggle with your emotions from time to time, especially around the holidays.

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Luckily, unless you are dealing with chronic or serious depression, there are easy actions you can take to help lift your spirits.

I have five go-to steps that always help me feel my best. Maybe they will work for you!

Start with the basics. I aim for 6-7 hours of sleep every night and I make sure that I eat regular, healthy meals. I always feel better emotionally and physically when I am well rested and well fed!

“Sleep is the best meditation.” — Dalai Lama

Live in the moment. Dwelling on the past or worrying about the future are definite hindrances to happiness and peace of mind. When I find myself obsessing about that thoughtless remark I made yesterday or when I agonize about an upcoming project, I take a few deep breaths and refocus my mind on the present.

“Your true home is in the here and the now.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Smile. I’m serious! When I’m feeling blue — I put a smile on my face. The simple act of smiling lifts my spirits instantly and helps me change my state of mind into one of positivity. Try it — you might be surprised!

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” — Charlie Chaplin

Cultivate gratitude. Every day I list all the things that make me grateful. In this way, I focus on what I have instead of what I lack. It is easy to feel happy when you realize how much good is in your life.

“It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.” — David Rast

Be Positive. We all suffer from negative thinking at times — thoughts of inadequacy and helplessness make it impossible to feel joyous. I find that a bit of yoga or a walk outside usually helps me to find courage, confidence and optimism — all elements that promote serenity and happiness.

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” — Joyce Meyer


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