8 Ways to increase your Happiness and Well being
8 Ways to Increase your Happiness and Wellbeing
Quite often we get so busy making a living we forget to make a life.
Whether its work that’s stressing you out, the kids are going through that “stage”, things are tight financially at the moment or you can’t find time for yourself? There’s no reason not to make time for happiness and be grateful for the things that are good. We often only focus on the bad things which in turn only create more bad things happening.
There are so many knowledgeable people out there with some great books and blogs that can give you amazing tips on how to improve your happiness. I have collaborated a few of my favourite tips from some well known names you may recognise.
Below are 8 of my favourite ways to increase your happiness from a bunch of well known names... Even some names you may recognise from Fitness Canterbury.
1. Love your work
“Today's workplaces are a modern tragedy in which too many people go to work without a sense of joy and love.”The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy," Malcolm Forbes of Forbes magazine said. In the United States, only 50 percent of employees say they are satisfied with their work. You can increase your happiness score by making your work more purpose-centred. Start with identifying what real success is, what your real value is, how you can be more creative and how you can enjoy yourself more.
The more you can say, "I love my work" and really mean it, the higher your happiness score will be. People who love their work usually feel they are making a significant contribution to a cause they believe in. Reflect, therefore, on what you most want to contribute in your work and in life overall. Remember, you are not here just to find happiness; you are here to extend it. You are inspiration-packed, wisdom-infused, made with love and blessed with talents. Look around today and give what is needed, give what appears to be missing and give what is your joy to give. “
2. Setting Goals
“Focus on health not on weight. Far too often people make grandiose statements about dropping a dress size or losing a certain number of kilograms. While the intention is good, focusing on weight often means a focus on deprivation, which can’t be sustained and hence leading to poor long-term results. Instead, focus on your health and approach weight loss with more health-specific results in mind. For example set goals around increased energy or feeling happier. That way, losing weight will be an added bonus rather than the driving force and you will make sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Plus you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.”
“There is two meta-attitudes that can significantly increase your happiness score. The first is gratitude. The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see. Before you practice gratitude, you are in the dark and there appears to be very little to be grateful for. Once you begin, a new light dawns, sometimes a brilliant light, a light as bright as heaven itself. Gratitude changes your brain; and it changes the world. The more you practice gratitude, the more you will find to be grateful for.
The real gift of gratitude is the more grateful you are, the more present you become. In the English language, the word "present" has three distinct meanings: "here," "now" and "a gift." This is surely not a coincidence. Practicing gratitude teaches you that the greatest gifts are always available to you here and now! One way to practice gratitude is to start expressing it. Think about who you are truly grateful for in your life. Do you realize how happy they will be when you tell them? Gratitude is double happiness because it blesses both the giver and the receiver.”
4. Do what you love
“Write a list of things you love that make your heart sing… and do more of them. Some of us are out of touch with what makes us feel good, and things that also serve our health. So write a list of all of the things/moments/ experiences that you know light you up and bring more of those moments into your life this year. When you are happy you are in a much better position to help others and you will inspire people to do more of what makes them happy as well. Do more of what lights you up. And you’ll light others up as a result.”
5. Stay off Social Media
“Comparing yourself to others on social media can have an underlying influence on your self-esteem. Social media tends to skew information, giving people a platform to display what they have and neglecting to show what they don’t. If you are constantly reminded of what you don’t have by measuring yourself against others, it is possible that this can impede your own happiness.
Make it a habit to stay off social media for at least one day a week. Use those 24 hours to separate yourself from the emotions you feel when comparing yourself to others and detox your mind. Over time, this can help you start to regain your sense of self. “
“Simply activating the muscles around the corner of our mouths turns on happy hormones.”
-Sarah Wilson- I quit sugar
7. Always focus on the best things in your life
"take moments out to truly appreciate everything that is great, even something as simple as your favourite song on the radio, an extra half hour sleep in or the sun on your face. Essentially just focusing on the positives and eliminating any unecessary thoughts."
-Shane Elsey (PT Fitness Canterbury)
- Setting and achieving goals
- Helping others achieve there goals
- Going to places you have never been before eg. a holiday or day trip
- Watching your kids play sport or be rewarded for something
- Having fun with friends
- Achieving things on your bucketlist
- Doing something that scares you
- Kent Gibson (Director/PT Fitness Canterbury)