Can you master happiness? What can you do to increase your happiness even when things aren’t going as expected? We all have bad days where everything goes wrong, but there are lots of ways to increase your happiness and avoid falling into negative thought patterns.
Here is a list of tiny improvements that you can use to master your happiness when your day is going wrong. None of these things will change your situation, but they will make you feel better and help you get through until things get better – and they will get better.
1. Avoid the News
News is stressful. Get less of it. Most of the news doesn’t affect you directly and is bad for your mental health and rarely makes you happy.
2. Avoid Triggers
Avoid exposure to negative external elements like loud noises, toxins, and hazardous places. In other words, dodge anything that triggers internal stress, like an emotion or negative thought.
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Communicate your feelings, affections, friendship, and passion to the important people in your life. It is important to communicate your inner thoughts and experiences with other people on your journey to inner peace.
Run, jog, walk and do other things that move your body. Feel alive. It is a proven fact that physical exercise helps with mental health.
5. Help Someone
Helping someone will make you feel needed. Sometimes seeing a smile on a person’s face and knowing you had a hand in putting it there can turn a bad day into a wonderful one.
6. Laugh Everyday
Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. Watched a funny video or meme, share it with others. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.
7. Learn Something New
Try to learn something new each day because learning is a joyful exercise. Learning also makes us increase our horizons. Human beings need to develop and grow.
8. Manage your Time
Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Learn to say no. It is impossible to say no to all the tasks at work or home, but don’t take on more than you can accomplish.
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9. Pamper Yourself
Have you ever noticed that pampering yourself goes a long way towards making you feel good? Pampering yourself is different for everyone. Some people like shopping, playing the guitar, taking a long bubble bath, exercising, eating ice cream. Think about what makes you feel comforted and spend some time doing it.
10. Practice Gratitude
Being thankful is a great attitude. Thanking those who provide even the smallest thing will help you realize how abundant your life is. We all have so much to be thankful for.
11. Release Your Frustrations
Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations. This is bad for your health. Instead, find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.
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12. Social Networks
Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. Not social networks like social media, but actual human social networking and interaction. People are different, so it is important to accept people how they are. It is also important to avoid conflict and release resentment. Use empathy and attempt to understand the situation.
13. Sleep and Eat
It is important to ensure that you nourish your body with good food. Our brains do not work as well underfed. The same goes for sleep. Lack of sleep leads to irritability and poor decision making.
14. Stroll Down Memory Lane
When we go through a rough patch, it is the negative memories that haunt us. Take a stroll down memory lane. Try using a photo album if you have to and remember the good old days when life was less weary. Spend an extra amount of time on the memories that mean the most.
15. Work Hard
Working hard brings great personal contentment. It gives a sense of being capable of finishing our tasks. Work on things that you feel are valuable of your time.
Last Words on Mastering Happiness
Nothing lasts forever and most bad days don’t carry into the next. Know that there is a more positive day just around the corner. Sometimes a good night’s sleep is all it takes to get there.
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