Six Secrets for a Happier You
Certain people are naturally blessed with a cheerful disposition. They spread warmth and sunshine wherever they go, which often becomes contagious. They emanate a positive energy, that feel- good- factor of joy and contentment to those around them. With a natural spring in their step, a soft, friendly smile touching the corners of their lips, they attract people like bees to honey. So, what is it that these people have that make them so different from others?
6 Simple Lifestyle Tips to Be Happy and Keep Smiling
If you are a person in pursuit of such kind of endless happiness, wanting to be like these ‘cheery souls’, here are a few timeless secrets for you.
1) Count your Blessings
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The first and foremost secret to gain abundant happiness is to count your blessings-whatever may be your financial position. Instead of appreciating material wealth, be thankful for the loved ones in your life and enjoy the little pleasures of life that come your way.
2) Nurture Social Relationships
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
The next most important secret is to nurture relationships. According to recent research increasing social contacts help boost brain power. Therefore, work towards improving your relationships and take time off to bond with friends. This sure will lift some burden off your shoulders, especially when you talk, share, reveal thoughts and feelings. Above all socialising can give you (introverts and extroverts) an added boost to your moods making you extremely cheerful.
3) Forgive and Forget
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller
Do not hold a grudge against anyone. Instead learn to forgive and forget, even if the other person who hurt you has not asked for forgiveness. Be compassionate and understanding and try not to criticise others. Focus on the positives of a person instead of the negatives for none of us is born perfect. Forgiving will keep your heart and mind free light and peaceful.
4) Do Something Meaningful
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore Rubin
Keep your creative juices flowing involving yourself in some creative process. Be it dance, writing, painting, singing, cooking or drawing; bring out the latent talent in you to achieve magical happiness. Or pick up new skills and feel that immense sense of satisfaction by accomplishing certain tasks which you otherwise would never have felt. Channelize your energies in such meaningful ways and do not fail to feel the adrenaline rush.
5) A Healthy Lifestyle
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs
Follow a daily regular sleep-wake cycle to keep you energetic and happy. Exercise regularly or practice relaxation techniques like breathing, yoga and meditation for that much needed mind body connection. Ensure you get eight to nine hours of sleep every day and consume a well balanced diet complete with all the vital nutrients. Any nutritional deficiencies can cause tiredness making you feel irritable and grumpy.
6) Smile AwhileThe world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown
Last, but not the least, smile your way to good health and happiness. Smiling releases serotonin in the brain, lifting your mood in just a twinkling of an eye. Therefore, surround yourself with cheerful and positive people who can make your day bright and shiny. Find humour in every situation of life and learn to laugh at your own drawbacks and shortcomings. Let go of things which are beyond your control and remember that there is no better cosmetic for beauty like sheer happiness that radiates from within. So Be happy and keep smiling!
“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley