Ever wonder, “What is the key to happiness?” many have tapped into the daily emailed quotes, read blogs, seen posts and pictures on facebook newsfeeds and read books assigned in the workplace all suggesting the key to enlightenment. While nobody knows for sure, there are hundreds of tips out there claiming the answer. While searching for the key, I noticed many tips kept appearing in the literature.
Here are a few:
Vitamin D increases serotonin, boost immunity, and protects against cancer.
Cut caffeine-coffee increases anxiety levels, which equals irritability. Instead, try Green Tea (and it’s good for weight loss).
Express Gratitude-show thanks with written expression, tweet, text, sticky notes, dry erase marker on the bathroom mirror, etc.
Practice random acts of kindness-treat others the way you want to be treated. Try going out of your way to do something nice for someone-without expecting something in return. Open the door for someone. I just read in my neighborhood Facebook thread of a girl buying the person behind her a Starbucks coffee. Remember the movie ‘Pay It Forward’?
Smile-it’s free! Smiling sends signals to the brain, “I’m happy!” When you smile, you are more approachable.
Set goals-setting long and short term goals gives one something to look forward to-success. Who doesn’t want to know they accomplished something? Start with short term goals-something within reach to ensure success.
Surround yourself with positive people-Jon Gordon, in his book ‘The Energy Bus’, suggested staying away from Energy Vampires. Look on the bright side of life’s lessons and weed out the negativity. You have a choice everyday to embrace what comes your way or become bitter, which can ruin other’s day.
Do something nice for yourself-how many of us get so busy with kids, work, chores and never stop to do something for us? Stop and get your hair done, pedicure, massage, get a new ebook! My favorite thing right now is getting a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (I am not giving up the caffine-it makes me happy!)
Maintain your health-being overweight or not eating healthy is a recipe for a negative mood. Exercise releases endorphins that give you a feeling of happiness. Try bike riding with the kids, take a short walk before or after work, or go to the gym on your lunch break.
PLAY-we often get so wrapped up in the daily routine of making dinner, dishes, laundry and don’t stop to enjoy the now. Make a point to just let things sit-go visit a long lost friend, enjoy a book, play games with the kids.
Get enough sleep-adults need the average 7-9 hours of sleep.
Life is full of daily challenges. Remember, it is up to you to decide to embrace what comes your way or let it get the best of you. Challenge yourself to one new key-hopefully it leads to a happier day!
Below is great short and quick read on ways to become a happier person-even if you already are.