Happiness – it’s a state of mind I post about quite often.
But, it’s critical to overall health. While it’s not possible to be happy all day, every day, it is possible to actively pursue happiness. Plus, it’s infectious – and it’s probably the best thing to be infected with. No?
At the risk of going all Dr. Phil on you, here are a few of my suggestions for being happy.
- Count your blessings. Yes, literally. Count them in your head. Jot them in a journal. Email them. Keep an ongoing list. “Write” one thing you are thankful for each day. Look at your collection of blessings when you’re feeling sad.
- Choose who you spend your time with wisely. Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, once said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you want to be pessimistic and sad 24-7, then hang out with a Debbie Downer. If you want to rule the world one day, hang out with people who are ambitious and hardworking. Just don’t hang out with Amanda Bynes. Seriously. Don’t.
- Set goals – both small and lofty. Set measurable, realistic goals that are a bit easier to achieve – I call these “confidence boosters” – and then, set “shoot for the stars” goals. Just don’t get complacent. It’s a dangerous state of mind.
- Listen to your favorite jams. Download some new tunes, bring Now 5 (classic) out of the storage closet, or YouTube some pump-up songs if you’re too cheap to dole out $1.25 on iTunes (I usually fall into the last category). Then, proceed to listen to said song at a volume that’s slightly less than “deafening,” and either wave your limbs recklessly, or sing at the top of your lungs. If you’re taking the “limb flailing” route and you’re operating a vehicle, make sure said vehicle is either parked, or set your cruise control. Safety first, people. Safety first.
- Envision yourself being successful. Believe in yourself. If you’re having trouble garnering confidence, then write out an action plan.
- Take a break. It’s okay to be selfish and take an hour or so each day for yourself. And, if this hour involves vegging out on the couch watching a re-run of Full House, that’s okay. <– Nope. Never done that.
- Avoid being jealous. Jealousy is kind of like leather pants – few people wear it well (the one exception is uncle Jesse from Full House). Be happy for others. Your time will come, and when it does, they will be happy for you, too.
Question: How do you get happy?