Did you know that the United Nations proclaimed March 20 as the International World Happiness Day? This celebration highlights the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world.
But you don’t have to wait for this time of the year to be merry: you can choose to be happy every single day! This may sound like a stretch, but living a satisfied life is possible, with a few tweaks in your habits.
Paying attention to little things, and finding happiness in them, makes a great difference. Changing our routines, including the awful ones, could elevate the quality of our lives. Thus, it’s about time we relish the moment so we could live and love life as it is!
How could we do this? Let us count the ways!
Finding happiness around you
Positive psychology researchers link happiness to a person’s overall satisfaction in life. And the good news is that you don’t have to win a lottery ticket to achieve this. It’s always in the little things, as we’ve been saying from the very beginning. But, how can you notice them more? Here’s a starter!
Redefine your concept of happiness
Interestingly, Forbes made a distinction in spelling between the words “happiness” with a lowercase ‘h’ or a capital ‘H.’ Positive Psychology views happiness (with a lowercase h) as limited and unsustainable. It is what happens in the moment - what we label as good or bad, desirable or not.
But Happiness (with a capital H) entails surpassing good feelings and takes the whole person into account. It goes beyond complexities. The WholeBeing Institute introduced a framework for this - SPIRE, which stands for Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Rational and Emotional Wellbeing.
What's your own definition of happiness? This first step can help you understand how more realistic and attainable it really is! You’ll be surprised to discover that there’s happiness everywhere you look.
Focus on the little moments
In pursuing happiness, we tend to fixate ourselves on the monumental goals of life. However, what do you do when the excitement wears off? When the thrill flees? Don’t tie your happiness only to big successes and big events!
Begin looking at the small triumphs that nourish your body, mind and soul. While they are not braggable accomplishments that you could display on your shelves or flaunt to your friends, those little things last. And they are sustainable too.
Take a mental photo of small things that catch your attention and spark joy in you even for a brief moment. Your soul will thank you when you pause for a moment after reading an inspiring line from a book or singing a melody that’s stuck in your head.
More tips on how to get happiness in life
Take care of yourself
We live in a busy world. The demands of our work, studies or even family, could take a toll on us, most especially in our health, if we don’t look after ourselves. Balancing life and our well-being is the best example of self-care.
Science Daily, the latest research news source, published a review about happiness’ effect on physical health and the scores show that our level of happiness versus stress and depression can influence our cardiovascular health, our immune system, and our ability to heal from injuries.
Diana Samuel, MD, an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center on clinical psychiatry, emphasized that the brain doesn’t have a single emotional center. The release of dopamine and serotonin is responsible for the joy we feel in our body. And these two neurotransmitters in the brain are connected with - yes, that very word - happiness.
So, make a conscious effort to look after yourself. Spice things up! Here are a few ideas:
- Get a haircut regularly
- Try a different route when going home from work or school
- Walk or ride a bike once in a while instead of taking the car or public transportation
- Watch your favourite Netflix show with your feet up wearing your favourite Smiling Socks
- Workout or meditate. Stretch your body!
Schedule rest as much as you schedule meetings. Whenever you feel extra motivated, celebrate! Each day brings new joy.
Do random acts of kindness
People say that whatever you give out to the universe ultimately comes back to you. If this is so, wouldn’t it be nice to be generous and be the reason for someone to smile?
Kindness is underrated these days. Can you imagine receiving kindness from a complete stranger? You might have different feelings towards it such as doubt or apprehension, but definitely it’s a good kind of surprise. It’s good to be at the receiving end, and that good feeling doubles up into pure happiness when you’re the one who shows kindness.
Whenever you get the chance, choose to be kind. No matter how small or unnoticed it is, your kindness goes a long way even for just one person.
As cliche as it may sound, there’s always something to be thankful for. Hallmark cards and feel-good memes have all these quotes on happiness and gratitude and yet most people don’t see their beauty.
When you come to think of it, happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving and appreciating what you have.
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” - Kirstin Armstrong
A lot of psychologists would say that if you want to find happiness, find gratitude. Happy people are thankful people. And grateful people are, just as easily, happy people! It’s like one cannot exist without the other. It’s easier to love, to accept, to have peace, and to forgive when you are grateful.
Find your own happiness now!
Happiness is where you are. There’s no better time to start being happy but now!
If you’re a workaholic who rushes from one task to another, you are probably invested in grand moments in life like a graduation, job promotion, or out-of-the-country family vacations. We get you. It’s human nature to aspire for significant milestones in what we do.
However, when you put all of your energy looking forward to a future that is unknown, you miss the fun parts of your daily life that could potentially bring you long-term joy and motivation.
When you are happy within, your eyes glow and your life shines: other people can’t help but notice it. And the world is happier when you connect with people.
Spread cheer and wear your happiness now! Who knows? Wearing cool, Smiling Socks might be the beacon of light (in various colors) that you are looking for. Grab a pair now as you start your journey towards a happier you. Start with the little things!