When we're over-stressed and over-worked sometimes it's hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel. It may not even be stress that has been keeping you down in the dumps, you may just be having a bad week, or a bad month, or even a bad year. Well, here are 6 ways to get happier. I'm not promising that this is the magic formula that will solve your problems, but I can tell you that more problems are solved when you're happier.
You don't have to go and run a marathon, you can do 5-7 minutes of exercise. Jog and place, do a couple of sit ups, dance, just get moving. If I learned anything from Legally Blonde, it's that exercise gives you endorphins, which make you happy, and won't make you want to murder anybody.
Endorphins are a chemical in your brain that gets released after exercising and other strenuous activity, and it gives you a euphoric felling. That's why your brain might tell you that you can conquer the world after that spin class, even though your body disagrees.
So get out there and get moving!
2. Get Outside!
Now that spring is on its way, it's time to get from under the covers, pull back the curtains, and step outside. When you're outside and in nature, it's hard to stay down. Even if you live in a city, being outside is great for you because of our buddy, the sun. Not only does the sun keep us nice and toasty, it also shoots Vitamin D our way. Vitamin D helps boost and regulate our immune system, which in turn makes us healthier and happier.
3. Get More Sleep!
I know that this is easier said than done, but this could just be going to sleep an hour earlier or taking a 10 minute nap at your desk. We all know that feeling that we get when we only get four hours of sleep and it is no where near happiness. Sleeping more makes a person more optimistic about the day to come.
3b. Another thing that will help you wake up smoother and lead to being happier in the morning is getting your ducks in order the night before. Pick out your outfit, set out everything that you need to take to work/school, make a mental or physical note about everything that you need to do before you leave the house in the morning. That way, when you wake up you're not running around trying to remember what you need to do or bring. When I have all of my stuff in order for the next day, I often even get an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep in; that can be the difference of me waking up happy vs. me waking up like a monster.
4. Try Something New!
Keeping the same schedule everyday can seem so mundane and makes your week sometimes seem never ending. Trying something new is a great way not only to spice up your week, but it is also an easy way to take a break from your normal schedule. You can do something small like take advantage of a free dance class that you've never tried, or you can do something big like learning a new language; just get out there and try something.
I am one of those people who try to do something new every couple of months, and the key to keeping it happy is to not be disappointed or upset if you're not the best at whatever you're trying. Most people aren't good at things when they first start, which is why you have to keep at it. Eventually you'll get better at it which will make you even happier in the end!
5. Let It Go!
Elsa it up, stop holding on to the things that are keeping you down. For Elsa it was keeping her true self hidden that kept her unhappy. Letting go of negative emotions like fear and anger, is a sure fire way of being happier. Holding on to things that people have done to you in the past, or things that people have said, leads to resentment. Resentment ends up being carried around on your shoulders weighing you down. Even though it may be hard to do at first, once you let go of what's holding you down you'll be happier.
Trying at least one of these things will make your happier. If you keep doing these things repetitively, you will be sure to be happier in the long run!