Being sad sucks and being mad ain’t too fun either. However, many of us find ourselves feeling both ways a majority of the time. Why? That’s no way to live your life. Isn’t the most important thing in your life to be happy? You can have everything in the world, but if you’re not enjoying it then what is the point?
A helicopter is great, but not if you’re crying while riding it. A yacht is amazing, but not if you spend your whole sail punching a wall. We want you to enjoy that helicopter and yacht, you worked hard for it. Even if you don’t have a yacht or a helicopter, if you can imagine a world where you don’t have any of those luxurious things, you still deserve to be happy.
So here are some easy to follow tips you can apply to your life to make sure that you spend your days smiling and not crying unless they’re tears of joy of course.
Everyone could use to be more grateful in their life, you know, except for maybe the Dalai Lama or monks. But look around, odds are you have a lot to be very thankful for. A roof over your head, food to eat, a yacht, a helicopter. If you look at the positive things in your life and are thankful for them, then odds are your brain will eventually learn to predispose itself to be more optimistic more of the time which will lead you to be happier more often.
Maybe start a journal where you write down everything you’re truly thankful for. The more you practice the better you will get and the quicker you will train that beautiful brain of yours. There’s post number one right there, I love how beautiful my brain is.
We all know that exercise helps your body, but did you know that it helps your brain as well? Exercising releases endorphins into your brain that will leave your brain thanking you and you will feel a lot better.
There’s a reason people go for runs or bike rides to clear their heads because the simple act of exercising actually does work to clear your head. They weren’t full of it like you originally thought! Studies have shown that you can have twelve hours of lasting positivity from just twenty minutes of exercise. That seems like a fair tradeoff to me.
Being nice to other people takes your mind off of all the negative stuff you’ve got going on and it also feels good. Giving always feels better than getting, so get on out there and give a little. Even if you just do it for the selfish reason of feeling better, you will feel better and no one is going to get mad about being treated well, regardless of your motivation. If you don’t feel like working too hard then just paste a fake smile on your face. Studies have shown that even fake smiles improve people’s moods.
There, now you’re happy. You’re welcome!