How can I be happier? This is one of the most popular questions on Google with more than 6 billion search results.

Sure, we all want to feel really, really good. Amen to that. But somehow we’ve all bought into the myth that happiness is something we can only achieve when everything in our lives finally looks the way we think that it should. The perfect job, perfect body, killer wardrobe … But here’s the challenge: these things don’t create happiness; so happiness becomes this elusive thing that we desire but don’t know how to achieve.

So far, 2020 has been tough and according to Gabby Bernstein, author of “Miracles Now”, fear is the sneaky thing that drains happiness and content. We get so hooked onto the fears for our future and the regrets from our past, that we disconnect with the present moment. Truth is, most of us allow our circumstances to choose our attitude for us; we’re in a good mood as long as everything runs smoothly, right?

However, happiness is not circumstantial. Real happiness - the kind that leaves you feeling ridiculously giddy and radiant – isn’t about the occasional big-ticket bliss experiences, like falling head over heels in love or landing your dream job. It’s about the simpler moments of joy in life. The ones that come around every day.

Experts insist that we can find our way to the sunnier side of the street by simply making a few tweaks:

  • Expect something wonderful to happen every day. Sweeten your outlook on life by including whatever brings you joy every day, linger on those a little.
  • Create a ritual. Start every morning with good coffee. Life is totally random and unpredictable, but having something constant that you enjoy will keep you grounded and give you a sense of well-being.
  • Approve of yourself. Don’t believe everything you think.
  • Dump your diet. Really who’s ever happy on a diet? Eat wholesome, healthy foods.
  • Thank your lucky stars. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.
  • Hang with happy people. On average, every happy friend you have increases your happiness with 96%. So, if happiness is contagious, don’t you want to put yourself in a position to catch it?
  • Don’t dwell on things that you could’ve, should’ve done. Create a jar of positive affirmations and pull one out every day; kind words about yourself, or a great memory.
  • Just say “Ohm” … Research suggests that people who meditate regularly have more positive emotions than those who don’t.
  • Smile, even if you don’t feel like it. It’s okay to fake it; just going through the motions will trigger feelings of joy.
  • Choose to be kind to people. In life, you get what you put in.
  • Take a break from social media. Science backs the fact that social media has a negative effect on happiness.
  • Be part of something bigger. People who have meaning and purpose in their lives, are happier. Donate blood or offer to help a friend in need.

So, choose happiness. Sure, it isn’t always easy, but it is always, always an option.

Source: elitedaily.com, purposefairy.com, huffingtonpost.com, sparkpeople.com, positivityblog.com, pickthebrain.com, inc.com, healthfitnessrevolution.com, webmd.com, lifehack.org, successconciousness.com, tinybuddha.com, advancedlifeskills.com, wingsfortheheart.com, cosmopolitan, lifehacker.com, psychologytoday.com, realsimple.com, forbes.com, womanshealthmag.com, theguardian.com, psychcentral.com, marchandangel.com, greatest.com   

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