Happiness is the ultimate quest of humankind. Regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, and upbringing, all of us are searching for ways to make our lives full of joy. Not only do we like being happier, medical studies show that positive people have better immune systems, better relationships, lower rates of depression, and live longer!
Monday, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness. Join us as we focus on HAPPY all throughout the month of March!
Here are five tips to help you focus on happy (and keep an eye out for more next week!).
- Listen to an uplifting song.
Research from the University of Missouri found that you can lift your mood by listening to an upbeat song. But it only works if you are consciously aware you’re trying to make yourself happy by listening to it! Check out some of our favorite happy songs here.
- Keep a journal.
Write down all the things that made you happy during the day. If “dear diary” feels a little cheesy, just jot ideas down in a list form. Aim to find 5-10 things that made you smile each day. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself recognizing and focusing on the happy parts of your day.
- Change your self-talk.
An article from the Mayo Clinic explains that positive thinking usually starts with self talk. “Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.” Push away the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones!
- Recite positive affirmations.
Go find a mirror and repeat after me “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough…” It totally works! Speaking positive affirmations works to rewire your brain. You can write your own or check out these 35 affirmations.
Meditation helps you focus on the present, find peace and self acceptance, and sharpens you focus. It’s kind of like exercise for your brain. A daily pattern of meditation is a great tool to keep you focused on happy. If you are new to the meditating game, here are 3 meditation techniques for beginners to get you started.