One of life’s best pleasures is finding joy in the little things. But thanks to hectic, busy and jam-packed schedules it’s easy to let moments of happiness pass by. Resolve to find more joy in 2015 by following these simple steps.
Focus on What’s Right
Experts agree that optimistic people tend to be happier. Learn to focus on what’s right rather than what is wrong in your life. Try to look for the silver lining in a situation to turn negative events into positive ones where possible. Focusing on positive aspects reinforces positive feelings!
We all know we should count our blessings, but it’s easy to forget to do it. Studies have found that those who regularly count their blessings tend to feel happier, more energetic, focused and optimistic. Take the time each evening to reflect and think about three things that have happened in your day that you are grateful for.
Spend Time With Friends
While all of us need time to ourselves to unwind, spending too much time alone can lead to feelings of isolation or unhappiness. Make a conscious effort to spend quality time with friends or family. Whether catching up with a friend over a quick coffee or saying yes to that next dinner party invite, socializing with your nearest and dearest can boost happiness.
Acts of kindness not only benefit the recipient but can elevate your mood, too. Whether it is donating blood, helping an elderly neighbor with their shopping or volunteering for a charitable project, acting selflessly is a great way to find more joy in life.
Savor The Moment
Learn to savor the moment and immerse yourself in something you love doing. Focus intently on your chosen activity so that you’re mindful and living in the present. Be it shutting your eyes when listening to music or savoring experiences by sharing them with others, shutting out distractions and really focusing your attention on momentary pleasures will increase joy.
Exercise has been proven to release happy hormones. Make time in your daily routine to move more. From small changes like taking the stairs more or getting off the bus an extra stop early to finally signing up to that workout class you’ve been putting off, chemicals are released in the body that can cause a natural high post-workout.