We all want to feel happy and experience a broad smile on his or her face. The only thing people want is someone to cheer them up so they put a smile on their face.Unfortunately we forget cheering up ourselves is our very own task.
So here are nine simple tips to experience more joy in life
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Call a friend
The best predictor that we have of a person’s happiness is the breadth and the depth of their relationships. Just make sure you are calling a friend who genuinely wants to catch up with and not you feel like you should call. “We tend to be a lot happier when we are thinking about other people”, says Carter.
Say thank you
Research shows that even just thinking about something you are thankful for can put you in a more joyful mindset. But expressing that feeling is even better. Also don’t forget to tell someone else what quality specifically you appreciate about them. For example you may say to your colleague “Thank you for taking the trash out. You know how much I hate that job, and it shows what a thoughtful person you are.”
Being in nature or even just looking at a picture of it for some reason you can’t get outdoors__can help you feel less stressed. Going for a walk in a green space or near water get your heart pumping and deepen your breathing, both of which can help put you in a more positive mindset.
Take a deep breath
Speaking of breathing is a favorite trick to activate the vagus nerve which can create feelings of well being. The easiest way to do that? Inhale for four seconds, pause for one second, then exhale, really deeply for five seconds. Repeat the process 10 times.
Eat more healthy fats (and avoid bad ones)
Tran’s fats can cause feelings of aggression and agitation, but Omega-3 can create feelings of calm and even help prevent some forms of depression. Eat foods such as fish, walnuts, and chia seeds.
Change your outlook on stress
Ever have one of those days where there are a million things on your to-do list and you feel like there’s no way you can possibly get them all done? One of the quickest ways to reverse that overwhelmed feeling is to view stress in opposite ways.
Break a sweat
When you are really angry and stressed, you have more adrenaline in your system. To clear it out and starting to feel more Zen is to do something to get your heart rate up, like going for a run.
Put in your headphones
Even if you listen to music to lift your spirit already, it’s nice to know that research shows it can definitely help boost your mood.
Think beyond just pleasure
Many people equate happiness with pleasure. But if you view joy for what it really is, a wider spectrum of positive emotions, you will ultimately feel more satisfied. Pleasure; whether you get it from a new pair of shoes or a promotion at work, activate the reward center in the brain, which leaves you craving more. But it’s also fleeting. Other feelings like contentedness, inspiration, and awe also make you feel good in a way that doesn’t set you up a crash afterward.
What is it that you do experience more joy in your life.
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