Many people want to be happy and think of it either as something that happened in the past; or that it is something to strive for and can only be found in the future. They may think that when they win the lottery they’ll be happy or when they move to a different country or get their dream job then they’ll be truly happy. They see happiness as an end goal, rather than a journey. But why wait to be happy? Happiness begins from within and you can be happy right now. You do not require permission from others and there is no need for an event to take place to make you happy. Yes, there will be times when you cannot alter certain situations and while you cannot control what happens outside you are able to control how your feelings and that includes happiness.
If you stop looking externally and to others to make you happy, you’ll realise that you have the power to make yourself happy, you are responsible for your own happiness and above all; you deserve to be happy.
Here are some tips to help you feel happy.
Playing your favourite music is a great way of raising your vibration and changing the atmosphere around you instantly, this equally lifts your mood and makes you feel good.
Movement takes you out of your head and into your body, which shifts your thoughts and can change your perspective of things. For instance, if you were worrying about something and then you hear some music you love which stirs you to start dancing; suddenly you won’t feel so bad any more as everything looks brighter. Exercise is also a great motivator.
Write down or say out loud 3 to 5 things you are grateful for, this will serve as a reminder of what is going well in your life and remind you of happy times that will help make you smile.
It’s amazing how the smell of your favourite perfume or aftershave can transform your mood. So, if you’re at home, work or out and about have a quick spray and know how good it makes you feel. Equally, aromatherapy scents in a room can change the whole atmosphere and can calm or energise you; either way it has a positive effect.
If you have a mirror handy, tell yourself 3 things you love about yourself, doing this regularly boosts your confidence and increases feelings of happiness. This can also give you a spring in your step, as you can’t help but feel good.
Being kind to others is reward in itself and so is being kind to yourself too. Take time out to do something you love, whether this means sitting and reading leisurely or going out and doing an activity you enjoy. Being kind to yourself can be so beneficial, it is good for your mind and soul.
Celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Remind yourself of all the great things you can do and how good it feels to be alive.
Smiling has away of making you feel brighter about yourself and helps others around you to feel happier too.
Remember, you are amazing and happiness starts with you 😊
By Pamela Sommers
Pamela Sommers is the award-winning & bestselling author of ‘Life Lessons from a 40 something…’ and ‘Building Castles In The Sky’. She is also the Founder of SommerSparkle, an award-winning online boutique providing jewellery & accessories for special occasions
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