Get more happiness - here’s how
Joy is an essential part of wellness but our own expectations of ourselves can sometimes make it hard to be happy. At the same time, most of us overload our bodies with stress, an emotion or effect that depletes nutrients from our body at five times the normal rate and brings our mood down.
What we end up with is a lack of enthusiasm and an ongoing fatigue, as well as a to-do list that never gets much shorter.
So, this year, why not let go of a little responsibility and self-criticism and focus on creating more joy in your life.
First of all, determine what makes you happy. You’ll need to write a list. Then schedule “me” time. Be selfish about it. A happier and healthier you will benefit everyone in the long run.
Joy, or happiness, is an individual thing but here are some things other people say makes them happy and don’t have to cost a cent:
A walk or a hike in nature especially somewhere flowers are in bloom or it’s quiet enough to hear bird song; a picnic outdoors, with a rug to have a nap on afterwards; exercise, especially dance; making or growing something; and time spent with friends. Have a collective dinner, start a book or philosophy club, go kayaking.
Meditation shrinks the stress/worry part of our brain so, ultimately, can make us happier. In fact time to be alone, to reflect, and to simply breathe out stress and think about some of the things that might make a gratitude list, is essential for maintaining good mental health.
A regular holiday is critical to long-term happiness, although statistics show more and more of us don’t take one. If you can’t get away for a long time, put some mini breaks in the diary or schedule “play time”.