Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness, what it means to be happy, why I deserve to be happy, and how I can actually be happy. It’s not that I’m unhappy – but I think that sometimes we psyche ourselves out and get too stressed, forgetting that happiness is a really important thing and that we have ways to control our happiness.
We do have the power to make moves in our lives (like this lady is doing, and this one!) and do what we need to do for ourselves to be happy. But it doesn’t always have to be as big as working toward a promotion or moving across the country; finding happiness can be simple, too. So, today, I’m sharing four ways to be happier.
1. Take a chance, even if it is a small one. That might sound cliché or maybe you’re like uhhh duh Angela. Still, we need a kick in the butt to do things that scare up sometimes, especially if our happiness is at stake and ESPECIALLY especially when we’re already pretty happy but know we could do something to be a little happier. (Also, how many times can I say happy in one post? Let’s find out). You need to take a chance. It can bring you great things, I promise. Scary – but great.
2. Listen to a song you love. This is the easiest way to boost your mood. Even better than listening to a happy song? Dancing along to it alone in your house. To me, that feels like freedom. I know that sounds weird, but I am weird so whatever. Do it. My current happy song? This (and no, it’s not a Pharell song, although that will arguably be a great mood brightener, too).
3. Get one extra hour of sleep. Sleep is so important in balancing our moods. Getting one extra hour might seem ridiculous, like “Please, what’s sleep? I can’t sleep more.” Yes, you can. I guarantee that at least one night a week you can go to bed at ten instead of eleven. You will feel infinitely better the next day. Why do you think you feel so awesome on the weekends? Uhhh, extra sleep. And maybe pancakes, too, but also sleep.
4. Drink more water. A while ago, I said that I started tracking my water intake with the Ounces app. Yeah, I’m crazy. I’m also very hydrated, and hydration = happiness. Water does countless things to improve the body’s functions, and ultimately, it will make you feel good. When you feel good, you’re happy. Who said I wasn’t good at math? Oh ya, I did. See this article if you don’t believe me.
I’ve been doing all of these things for myself recently. And I’m happier than I was at the beginning of the semester. Life is full of unexpected things, some good, some bad. No matter what gets thrown at you, though, you CAN do things to keep a handle on your happiness. So go drink some water and be happy, okay?
Questions of the Day:
>> What’s one of your favorite ways to get happier?
>> Do you find that water makes you happy?