Happiness: More Ways to Make it Happen

By on 02/23/2017

Wow, ok friends, we hear you!

Last week’s post on How to Decrease Stress and Cravings and Increase Happiness really hit home for many of you. So many could relate to the stretched-thin and stressful lifestyle burying so many of us! We received enough emails requesting even more tips for achieving happiness that we had no choice but to respond… (Not that you have to bend our arms – we love happy readers!)

So, here it is, by popular demand… The ultimate roundup:

How to Make Happiness Your Reality

(Yes, MAKE… because you are in control and you can MAKE this happen!)

  • Take care of your needs. Don’t always put yourself and your needs last. Moms need a night out too. We all need to see friends, and sometimes if the day has been hard enough, we just need to be ok with trashing all our evening plans and taking a hot bath or binge watching Netflix in bed. Listen to your body and don’t ignore its messages. Rest, connection, unplugging… you need it to recharge, so don’t write it off or you will burn out!
  • Make a daily gratitude list. At the end of each day, quickly write a list of things you’re thankful for, no matter how small or silly it may seem. As you start writing chances are more items will pop into your mind and before you know it, you’ll realize many of the daily blessings in your life that are so easy to overlook.
  • Chant. Unfortunately, most of us learn negative self-talk pretty early and it becomes programmed in our head as immediate thought. Unconscious thoughts like “I’m so stupid… I can’t do it! I’m just not worthy. Of course, my life sucks!” These thoughts are poisonous lies and you CAN change them! Learn some positive, meditative chants that will reprogram your instinctive thinking.Take any mantra, prayer, or positive words and repeat them out loud, then say them silently within you. By chanting silently, you learn to listen and strengthen the bond with your intuition. Examples include,
    • I Am Happy, I Am Good, I Am Happy, I Am Good.”
    • “May all beings in all worlds (on all planes) have peace, happiness, and well-being.”happiness chants
  • Learn to laugh. Life is a series of ups and downs, side-steps and falls. Some days are great, and some days are literal jokes – if anything can go wrong, it will. The only real control you have is how you react. Choose to laugh at the bumps in the road, after all they happen to us all… might as well turn it into a funny story for your friends. Laughter is medicine, don’t hold it back!
  • Accept yourself for who you really are. Listen, this is not a dress rehearsal, this is the only life you get. Stop worrying what others may think of the real you, and if you think of yourself and “less than”, stop it right now! We are all unique and different, yet we are all of equal worth just as we are. Accept yourself, be yourself, and leave the fake behind. You will feel lighter, proud and happier instantly. You will also set an amazing example for those around you.Be you
  • Surround yourself with happy and supportive people. Get rid of negativity and make more time for those friends and family members that actually feed your soul, not drain it. Remember that gratitude list we just talked about? Why not text it to a few friends every night, and have them text theirs to you. Support, connection and an uplifting way to end your day!
  • Understand that things and money will never make you happy. Jim Carey once said, “I wish everyone could be rich and famous, then they would know it’s not the answer.” Truth is, no one lies on their deathbed wishing they had worked longer or harder or made more money. On the contrary, most wish for more time with loved ones, the chance to go back and say what they really felt, and to have valued the right parts of life – family, friends, nature, etc… not money, power or things.Choose Happiness

We understand that life is demanding. Jobs, kids, pets, bills, relationships, family, health and so much more are on our plates daily. We never have enough time and the first things to get cut from our “to-do” list are usually those things that will help us stay centered, connected, sane and happy. Stop devaluing these important facets of your life! You must always remember that you deserve happiness and the truth is, when you are happy, those around you also benefit and become happier as well. It’s contagious!

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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