Pursuit of Happiness
The pursuit of happiness is probably the ultimate of what people are searching for. With so many external forces trying to invade our everyday life and the time to handle these forces limited, being happy is almost an after thought.
If there was a way you could increase happiness without taking any extra time, would you do it?
If you said yes then keep reading. If you said no, bugger off. Here are 4 easy ways to increase happiness with minimal effort:
Pursuit of Happiness
- Make a decision. When life gives you options and you cannot decide which way to go, it actually decreases happiness and causes stress levels to increase. Many hours can be wasted with negative thoughts all based around decision-making. Take the pressure off by giving yourself a short time frame to make the decision and then make it. Make it a goal in life to develop your decision-making skills and then back yourself.
- Be thankful. It may be human nature to want more but this does not increase happiness. Be grateful for what you currently have and celebrate this in simple ways by wearing those expensive shoes just because you feel like it; or listening to your healthy child read a book; or sitting out in the sunshine and enjoy your own company.
- Stop judging yourself. This one can be a little more difficult but is essential to increase happiness. Allow yourself to have a negative day/week without punishing yourself for it. Understand it is ok to feel sad for no reason and allow this emotion to become a natural part of your life without it always having a negative stigma. If you have made a mistake, own up, rectify it and move on.
- Start touching other people. Human physical contact increases the happy endorphins and therefore will increase happiness. With so much of our modern lives occurring online, skin on skin contact has decreased over time. There are many ways to increase contact from hugs, to hand holding, to touching someone’s arm while talking to them.
In a busy life, happiness can easily be put on hold. With these easy ways to increase happiness, there is no excuse it cannot fit into everyone’s life.
Are you in the pursuit of happiness?