5 Ways To Be Happy Right Now
Some small and concrete actions can help improve your day and bring more joy into your life.
Here are hiMoment’s 5 ways to be happy right now;
Keep a Gratitude Journal
At the end of each day, list three things you’re grateful for and make this a part of your everyday routine.
You can do this in any notebook, or you can try our app and take your happiness into your own hands!
hiMoment offers collections of all of your happy topics that you can revisit at any time.
You can save your work accomplishments, awesome moments with friends and family, or your personal successes and goals.
You may ask what’s the point of all this?
Well, just like we go to gym to train and exercise, we must do the same for our happiness. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to train our happiness muscle.
Our brains react more strongly to negative stimuli and we often forget about all the good things in our life. hiMoment is here to remind you of them.
Gratitude has a lot of positive effects on our quality of life. Not only it makes us happier – it can also strengthen our emotions, develop our personality, reduce materialism, make us less-centered and increase our self-esteem.
And maybe one of the most fantastic benefits of gratitude is the increased lifespan.
Gratitude is strongly correlated to positive emotions and it’s a well-known fact that optimists live longer than pessimists. It still has to be confirmed scientifically but it is believed that gratitude can increase our lifespan from five to ten years!
Do Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises can be anenormous stress relief.
Shallow breathing often goes hand in hand with anxiety, and this can cause a lot of health complications. Many of us don’t even notice that we’re holding our breath when we’re stressed or worried about something.
Deep breathing exercises can release endorphins in the body and thus act like a natural painkiller.
By breathing correctly we increase the energy in our body as the oxygen flows more easily. This can significantly improve our concentration. Our muscles relax and blood pressure levels normalize.
Did you know that we’re supposed to release about 70% of toxins from breathing? Diaphragmatic breathing helps release these toxins from our bodies.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply.
This will relax your mind and make you more focused. You can practice it by lying down or sitting in a comfortable position.
Make sure to schedule at least 10-15 minutes for this. Notice where exactly in your body you hold the tension and try to relax. Inhale deeply for five seconds and do the same when you exhale.
If possible, try to do this exercise 3 to 4 times per day and then gradually increase overtime. If this becomes a daily part of your routine even better!
Call a Friend
Reach out to someone important to you. Call a friend and schedule a meetup. Go for a walk or a cup of tea. Invite them to a dinner.
Is there someone you haven’t heard from in a while? Call them on Skype or send them a message on Facebook.
Sometimes even a short talk with someone we care about can boost our mood. And the same goes for them!
The number of interactions people have in their daily lives can predict the outcome of their day and their overall happiness. More people you interact with, the happier you’ll feel.
Do Something You Love
We can get so caught up in our work, daily chores and to-do lists, that we forget to schedule some time for fun activities and things that we enjoy doing.
If you like reading, decide to read a chapter or two every day. Do you like photography? Go out for a short walk and take photos of your neighbourhood or anything you find interesting.
There are tons of activities so just find the one you enjoy doing and make it a part of your day.
Incorporating play in your everyday life will boost your happiness. If you do it with a friend or two even better. You’ll replenish your energy levels and your day will be richer.
Exercise is a fantastic happiness booster as it releases the endorphins that trigger positive feelings in the body.
Have you ever felt euphoric and happy after exercising?
This feeling is called “runner’s high” and we can pretty much thank endorphins for that.
Endorphins can diminish the feelings of pain in our body and they also act as a sedative. Endorphins are a lot like morphine but much much better and healthier, as it won’t cause an addiction.
According to a study done by the University of Vermont, the mood benefits of just 20 mins of exercising can last up to 12 hours.
People who exercise 30 to 60 minutes, 3 times per week can gain a lot of mental health benefits, but even a short stroll can have a significant impact on your mood.
If possible try to exercise outside.
Join a walking group or a running club. Bike on your way to work. Do yoga and stretching exercises in the park. Call your friends or check Meetup for any interesting health and fitness groups.
Team sports can have an even more significant impact on our mental health as socializing with other people can make us happier and it can also improve our social connections.
If you’re really short on time, you can do some exercises from the comfort of your home. There are many great resources online, such as Fitness Blender.
So, will you take happiness into your own hands?