When life gets hard, it’s easy to dwell on the negative and feel sorry for ourselves. It takes a lot more effort to be positive, grateful and passionate about what we have, but it’s so worth it. It’s all about perspective, looking at things differently and choosing happiness.
Of course, you can’t be happy all the time but there are plenty of little things you can do that will improve your mood and there is no better time than the start of a new year to change some habits that can have a positive impact in your life.
20 Small Ways To Be Happier This Year
1. Go to sleep when you’re tired.
After a good night of sleep, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready-ish to face a new day. You will appreciate going to bed earlier when your alarm goes off in the morning.
2. Make someone happy.
Spreading happiness will not only cheer someone up but it will also make you feel better. Make your mom a cup of tea, call your best friend or compliment someone. Good energy is contagious.
3. Celebrate your small victories.
We can spend so more time putting ourselves down for not being good enough at something than celebrating our small victories, like getting a good grade at school or making that phone call you were dreading. Be your own cheerleader!
4. Practice gratitude.
Think about something you’re grateful every day before going to bed and write it down. It will help you to be more positive, appreciate the little things and what really matters.
5. Put down your electronics for an hour a day.
The Internet is pretty amazing, we all know that. But it’s also addicting and that’s why it’s important to switch off. Read a book, go for a walk outside and spend more time with your loved ones.
6. Stop snoozing your alarm.
It will only make you feel more tired.
7. Start journaling.
Writing is a therapy, it helps you put things into perspective. I tend to do it when I’m feeling anxious or sad and it always makes me feel a better.
8. Learn something new.
Whether it is a new language, how to play the ukulele or coding, learning something new will make you feel accomplished.
9. Spend more time with yourself.
It can be a bit scary at first but it’s important to learn to enjoy your own company. Try meditation for 10 minutes every morning, it’s a good way to start your day and listen to your own thoughts & needs.
10. Cry if you need to.
It’s okay to allow yourself to be sad sometimes, it doesn’t mean your weak. Having a cry will make you feel better but don’t dwell on the negative things for too long.
11. Spend more time outside.
It’s scientifically proven that vitamin D boosts your mood and the fresh air will give you an energy boost. It also helps to clear your head when you’re feeling anxious.
12. Sweat it out.
I feel like a hypocrite trying to encourage you to exercise but I can’t deny it makes us feel good. You don’t even need to run a marathon, start by taking a walk every day or the stairs instead of the elevator.
13. Spend more time with your loved ones.
Make more time for your closest family and friends, who’s there for you no matter what and avoid people that put you down.
14. Make plans.
Having something to look forward to, mostly when you have a week of work ahead, will make you happier. From little things to a dinner date or coffee with friends to a trip abroad next summer.
15. Buy a planner and organize your life.
If you love stationery and planning as much as I do, organizing your life with the help of a cute planner will make you feel accomplished and prepared to tackle your to-do list.
16. Stretch out your body in the morning.
Stretching improves your posture and gives you the energy to face the new day. All you need to do is put your hands above your head and stretch as far as you can for a few seconds.
17. Step out of your comfort zone.
I’m the first to admit this isn’t easy but it’s so empowering to take a step out of your bubble and overcome a fear. Don’t let fear hold you back.
18. Learn to let go.
You are wasting your energy by worrying about things that happened in the past. Focus on creating a better present and future.
19. Smile to your reflection in the mirror.
Yes, do it. I do this every time I’m feeling a bit blah, is that weird? Smiling, even when it’s fake, activates a little something in your brain that makes you feel happier.
20. Remember: you’re in charge of your own happiness.
You can’t control what happens to you, you can only control the thoughts that go through your head. You can’t also rely on other people to bring you happiness, it must come from within so focus on creating a positive mindset!
Do you have any other tips or advice to be a happier person this year?