No matter our ambitions, our beliefs or our experiences, there is one universal thing that binds us all, we all want to be happy.
But as simple as this sounds, sometimes it's harder to achieve than we think.
So how is it that some people seem happy all the time?
Well, those that appear content day in and day out exhibit certain daily behaviours that strengthen their positive mindset...
Here are 10 to follow to help put happiness well within your reach!
- Wake up at the same time every day
This regulates your bodily rhythms, making it easier for you to wake up and feel more energised. Plus rising early enhances your ability to focus, which will make solving any problems a lot easier.
- Sweat your way there
You probably already know that exercise releases endorphins (happy hormones) that make us feel more positive, yet some of us still avoid it at all costs. But even just opting for a brisk walk can be a great mood-boost to set the day off right.
Have something to look forward to every fortnight and if you don’t have anything, make something! A coffee date with an old friend, a flat meal, or a Netflix-binge day to reward for all that coursework.
- Show gratitude
Focus on what you have, rather than what’s missing. Make a list of things you're grateful for, for when you need a pick-me-up to help you focus on your goals. As the saying goes,the grass is greener where you water it.
- "Fall seven times and stand up eight"
When one thing knocks you back it's easy to feel like shots are being fired at you from all angles. So start being resilient. Learn from your mistakes and come back fighting.
- Set goals
Happy people see the difficult tasks they have as a challenge and strive to complete them first- then breathe a huge sigh of relief when they're finished! It reduces stress which in turn increases happiness.
- Think yourself happy
Simply trying to be happy can boost your emotional wellbeing. Studies have found that people who actively try to be happy have the most positive moods. Having an off day? Try smiling!
- Do something selfless
Kindness is contagious. When you do something good for someone your brain produces feel-good hormones that make it easier to build relationships with them- sending positive feelings all round (basically, it's good karma).
flickr: Ben Smith
- Be selfish when you need to be
If someone asks for help with something and it makes you feel anxious, it is ok to say no. Sometimes it's vital to put your own needs before others. That's what happy people do.
- Live minimally
Clutter can make us feel stressed, chaotic and even guilty without us actually realising. So declutter your environment to declutter your mind.
Flickr: Sebastien Wiertz
While some things can be changed, others can't. In these cases, it's best to learn to accept them and find positives in them.
If you've done badly in an essay or exam, do better in the next. If you don't like who you live with, embrace others around.
As humans, we have a tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill, and that can lead us on a very dangerous path if we don't take control.