It’ a funny one really. Happiness is something that we are all looking for. But, isn’t that the problem? More on that in a minute.
There are many books with many tips to help you find happiness, but the truth is what works from one person, might not work for the next. Joy is unique. What makes someone else smile and feel content might not work for you. And that is perfectly okay.
Stop Putting It Off
You know the saying “I’ll be happy when…” it is super toxic. By having that mindset, you are pinning your happiness on something that either a) might never happen or b) something that is a short term thing. Try and avoid using language that perpetuates the idea that you should be waiting for a particular event to make you happy.
You are giving your power away to something that you might not be able to control. Only you are in charge of your happiness.
You might opt to do something nice for someone you know, or maybe you do something for someone you don’t. Doing something kind for other people gives you what might be a ‘warm fuzzy’. It’s the glow associated with doing good things without seeking something in return.
Being generous with your time, money or just holding a door open for someone makes a difference to them and you.
If you know someone is having a hard time, send a message and give them support. If you can afford to buy someone’s homemade goods, then do so.
Sometimes it is as easy as listening to someone who needs to talk.
It should be noted that if you don’t have the mental or emotional space for this then do what you can.
A massive problem for many people is trying to be someone that isn’t true to them. It might be the influence of the media, or it might be a feeling that you should be doing better. But this can be an excellent opportunity to find out who you are, and what you like to do.
Try out different hobbies until you find out what you love. It might be learning to play the bass, it might be painting, or it could be finding the right fitness center.
If you find out what your natural passions are, and incorporate them into your life more, you will find a lot of joy when you do them.
Some people call it forest therapy, others call it green therapy. There is a lot to be said for a simple walk in the woods. It might seem like it is going to be boring, or that you can’t find the energy. But once you get those walking boots on, and start wandering through the trees, you might see those stress levels come down dramatically.
Being happy isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t take much to give yourself the intrinsic boost in your daily or weekly life to find out what truly gives you that buzz.