Cyndi Calhoun has written this great article that I couldn't wait to share with you.
Do you ever come across people who are always upbeat and no matter what life throws at them, they just seem to roll with the punches?
It’s quite possible they’re following a formula for happiness.
The good news? You can increase your own happiness quotient too by doing these 14 things that make you happy:
1. Start with a Good Dose of Gratitude
Being consciously aware of what you’re thankful for can actually change your level of happiness.
When you wake up each morning, spend time time recalling all the things for which you feel grateful.
Start with simple things: Do you have a roof over your head? Enough to eat? It might be helpful to start a gratitude journal.
2. Make Sure You’re Giving Back
Do you give 10% of your income to your favorite charity or church?
There’s something about giving that allows you to receive more in return besides just the awesome act of giving to help others. When you give, you’re sending a message to the Universe that you know everything’s going to be all right.
By giving, you’ll be taken care of, too. You see it from those with very little to those who have millions: you have to give to get and by doing that, your happiness increases.
3. Laugh Every Day (It’s Better than Money)
Do you spend time each day laughing? Do you purposefully find something to laugh about?
When you laugh, you release a happy hormone called oxytocin. It’s a hormone that uplifts us as we share experiences with others. Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place.
4. Foster Good Relationships with Family and Friends
Happy people don’t spend large amounts of time alone. By spending time with people you like, you forge supportive relationships that help you in times of stress.
You also bond with others through common experiences, such as life’s ups and downs. They become your support network.
People who don’t spend as much time with family or friends are more prone to loneliness and depression. Here’s How to Tell If You Are Fostering Positive Relationships in Life.
5. Take Some Alone Time
In contrast to spending time with family and friends, it’s important to step back and take some time for yourself, by yourself.
You can recharge your spirit and find a little peace in a little bit of silence. Taking some time away and being alone can do wonders for your mood and outlook.
6. Do What You Love
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do what you love, because the money will follow?” Doing things that you love to do–and even better, getting paid for it–are good ways to boost your levels of happiness.
When work feels like play, you’re more likely to enjoy other aspects of your life better, too.
7. Volunteer Your Time
When you give off yourself, either by time or talent, your focus shifts from your life to that of others.
This can help you realize that your own problems may not be that bad. You invariably forge new relationships and experience an uplift in your spirit.
8. Get Enough Exercise
When you take time out for exercise, you’re doing your body good in more ways than one. First, you’re doing what it was designed to do: physical exertion. Humans were made to move around and the body works best when it does what it was meant to do.
Second, as you exercise, you release those same feel-good hormones as mentioned above.
Third, when you take some time to exert yourself, you reduce your stress levels.
All around, you need exercise to function optimally.
9. Avoid Regrets
We all make mistakes in life–that’s part of the human condition. But with a little forethought, you can try to avoid making big mistakes.
Even then, they still happen. That’s when it’s best to learn to forgive–yourself and others–because everyone else just trying to get through life the best they can, too. They’ll make mistakes, but the trick is, moving on from them.