Everyone of us have days when you feel out of sorts. Where you just wish you were in a better mood. Perhaps you may have tried to get yourself into a better state of mind, but struggled to achieve this.
Sometimes we get stuck in an emotional hump inside our head, forgetting how easy it is to feel happier.
Here are seven simple ways to lift your mood, enabling you to feel happy again. Some of these ways you may already be familiar with. Some of them may be a surprise to you.
1. Going for a walk
It is widely known that going for a short daily walk is a highly beneficial form of exercise. When you are feeling low it can be even more beneficial. Depending where you live and where is accessible nearby for walking. If you are able to, go into a natural environment with the different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it a reality by taking a short stroll at least 3-4 times per week. This can before or after your work, during a lunchbreak and at weekends,
2. Listening to enjoyable music
Music has the amazing ability to shift a listener’s state within a matter of moments. The effects can almost seem magical. Stream that favorite song you haven’t listened to in ages or tune in your radio to something you’ve never listened to before.
3. Open yourself to a new reading experience
Read something different than you would normally choose to. There are a ton of different types of books, magazines, journals you can get access to online, as well as offline. You may also have the opportunity to visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack at a newsdealer. Pick up or download something to read you wouldn’t normally buy. You may discover something new and wonderful about a new topic. Whilst raising your happiness levels as the same time.
4. Find something you can laugh at.
As the saying goes, “laughter is the best medicine”. Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits, especially if you are feeling down. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others.
5. Simple breathing meditation exercise
Breathing meditation is an effective and enjoyable exercise, that you can do anywhere. Firstly, simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Then close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. Empty your mind, and simply focus on the breathing. That’s all there is to it. Do this for at least 10-15 minutes. Aim to do this at least every other day. Also take note how pleasantly surprised and happy you can feel afterwards.
6. Doodling for the fun
Most of us can remember when were young and used to doodle for hours. As kids many of us loved drawing silly little pictures. The important thing to remember is, drawing is not just for kids or artists. It is simply taking action to get some pens, pencils and crayons or whatever you need to draw for the fun of it. After starting drawing and doodling after a few minutes, you’ll notice how your state of mind positively shifts.to happiness.
7. Thinking of those less fortunate.
The simple fact that you are reading this article just now, suggests you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, especially on a down day. But if you can read and have access to the internet, those two things alone mean you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings out there that barely have access to the basics, and are struggling to survive. There are people in lots of pain through old age, injury or illness. Allow your compassion for these unfortunate people to grow.
These 7 different suggestions to enable a happier you are all pretty simple. There’s nothing profound or life changing with these ideas. But when all you need is a quick pick me up, then this may be exactly the thing you need. Putting simple ideas and methods into action will help you achieve change quicker and easier happiness than you thought possible. Don’t delay and further pick at least 1 method above and get started today.