It isn’t truly possible to be happy one hundred percent of the time; there will always be occasions and situations that make us sad, angry or even depressed in some way. However, if we can strive to be as happy as possible for as much of the time as we can, then when those sad moments come, we will be better equipped to get over them more quickly and recover. Here are some things to consider if you want to be as happy as possible.
Being tired can make us grumpy and argumentative, and it can mean we aren’t thinking straight, so we make mistakes or take things the wrong way. All of this has a detrimental effect on our happiness. Therefore, getting enough sleep is important, and can make a big difference to our lives in general. Sleep is the time when our bodies are able to heal themselves, and that includes giving our brains a rest too. If we don’t get enough sleep, we leave ourselves open to illness and issues.
The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to have a specific bedtime that we stick to come what may (although a little flexibility can be granted for special occasions, for example). By having a set bedtime, we can train our bodies to know that sleep is due, and that means more sleep overall. It may take a little while to reach this point, but as with everything, practice will get us there in the end.
Cultivate Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence means being able to stay in control, handle personal relationships well, and generally be sensible and level-headed in any situation. If you have a high level of emotional intelligence, you are sure to be happier in life in general, as there will be fewer issues that you face that you cannot deal with. Luckily, even if you don’t feel as though you have much emotional intelligence right now, it can easily be cultivated. You need to work on your social skills, your motivation, your empathy, your self-regulation, and your self-awareness.
Slowing down in as many aspects of life as you can will make you happier. Firstly, you will be able to appreciate what is around you more, and see the beauty of nature or get to meet new people, for example. Secondly, slowing down will make you a more patient person. Impatient people tend to be unhappy for at least part of the time because nothing ever happens when they want it to. If you are more patient and understand that everything happens in its own time, you won’t become stressed out about waiting, and thus you will be happier.
Slowing down also means you can express more gratitude for your life, and that is an important trait of happy people. Being grateful for even the smallest thing will show you that life is good.
Cutting out sugar as much as you can will actually make you a happier person. Sugar can make us feel sluggish and irritable when the initial ‘high’ wears off, and that is not a happy state of being. Plus sugar is bad for our health, our skin, our hair, and of course our teeth, and if you’re not feeling well, it is unlikely you will be feeling happy either.
It can be hard to stop eating sugar straight away, so it is often best to start small and reduce your intake until you can stop altogether. That way you won’t fall victim to sugar cravings and undo all the work you had put in to quit. Of course, cutting down on sugar doesn’t mean you can’t indulge on special occasions, for example. But be careful not to have too much and to go back to your healthier diet once you have finished celebrating.
Not feeling stressed is sometimes easier said than done, but it is possible. Work out what your triggers are and ensure that you either avoid them altogether or do something about them. If you don’t enjoy working with a certain person, change departments or shifts, so you don’t have to see them. If you are worried about finances, then put specific measures in place to pay off your debts, seek out a doctor with the best medical billing service, talk to an advisor, or get a second job or a better paying first job. There is always something that can be done to reduce your stress levels to a more comfortable place, and to keep your life happier.
Exercise can certainly make you happy as long as it is something you enjoy. Search around to find something that suits you and then start the class or practice. You’ll become fitter (which will make you happier) and healthier (which also makes you happier!). Not only that, but when you exercise, you release the hormone serotonin into your body, and this actually increases your level of relaxation and happiness too. It all stems from finding the exercise routine or class or sport that works best for you. If you’re not enjoying your exercise, it is less likely that you will attend regularly, and that won’t help to get your happiness levels up, and it won’t help to keep you fit and healthy.
Shut Down Technology
It’s all too easy to become addicted to our smartphones and mobile devices, but they can actually make us depressed and unhappy. Reading about other people’s perfect lives (as they are shown on social media) can make us think less of our own. Seeing all the bad things that are happening across the world in the news can make us feel incredibly low. Interacting with ‘trolls’ is also a bad thing. Not only this, but if you are looking at your devices all the time, you are missing what is happening elsewhere, perhaps even right in front of you, and these are things that could make you very happy. When you are not using your mobile device for work or relaxation, leave it somewhere where you can’t get to it and then you will be unable to use it at all. Limit your time on it to specific times during the day, and you will get a lot more done too.