March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. But happiness is of course something you prefer to experience 365 days a year. Fortunately, happiness doesn't have to be about achieving big milestones, expensive vacations or exciting bucket list activities. You too can feel happy today by making some small changes. Try these 9 things.
1 - Do something that makes you happy
Even if you're having an intensely grumpy day today, pull yourself together and do something that makes you happy. If you're in a pyjamas-on-the-couch mood, for example, pull out a festive outfit. And do you think that home delivery is too much trouble for a meh day? Then go cook extensively, or make something delicious if cooking is your instant happy maker . Baking apple pie is always a good idea!
So: check with yourself what always makes you happy. And see if you can do that today too. Even if you currently have a day that especially invites you to curl up on the couch with a blanket. Right then.
2 - Smile to feel happy
Is it that simple? Yes, sometimes. With a smile on your face it gets pretty hard to feel grumpy. And the great thing is: a smile at passers-by often produces a smile in return. So: smile. In the mirror, to other people, and just like that. Then you feel more beautiful, happier and you radiate that.
Extra tip: get something that will bring that smile to your face. Check out these colorful vases at Madame la Poule #choice stress
3 - Do a meditation
Various studies have shown that meditation does more than just lower your stress level. Meditating helps you to experience less anxiety and depressive feelings. Brain scans provide proof of that. Especially if you meditate for a longer period of time, this can increase your feeling of happiness. It makes you feel more stable, you are less likely to be distracted by negative stimuli and it also makes you more zen. Read more about why and how meditation makes you happier in Mariko's happiness book Happlify your life .
4 - Do something good for someone else
Making someone else happy is the recipe to experience more happiness yourself. Seeing another's smile does something magical.
Doing something for someone else can be as big or small as you like. You can set up a large-scale volunteer campaign. It just takes some time and cannot be done in one day. So do you prefer a more accessible approach? Then see if, for example, you can help someone in the supermarket pack the groceries. Send a sweet card to a family member. Or spontaneously bring flowers to a dear friend.
5 - Sport and charge
Another reason to get off the couch: Exercise is good for you. Okay, we already knew that. But it's not just good for a healthy body and an enviably good condition. Even if you don't have any #fitgirl ambitions at all, exercising will help you feel happy. Sport releases fine substances in your brain, helps to de- stress and makes it easier to get rid of restlessness.
Look, that's the broom through your head you need! In addition, people who are active tend to be happier and happier and more satisfied with their lives. So hop, running shoes on your feet or yoga mat on the floor and start working out!
💛 Also read: Let's go, we're going to work out again! 3 tips
6 - Be with yourself
There is only one person who keeps you company every moment of the day: yourself. So nice if you like that person a bit. By regularly spending time alone, you can experience that you don't always need others for happiness. Being alone doesn't have to be lonely, when you realize how much fun you have in life without others.
So do something on your own more often. Go to a restaurant alone. Not pathetic, but very tasty (and you don't have to give up snacks from your dessert to someone else!). Go on a city trip in your own country on your own. Or plan a home spa and take care of yourself with beautiful natural products such as the bag of happiness with organic olive oil products from Idea Toscana - Bella Giornata €19.95 . A wonderful way to appreciate yourself more and to feel consciously happy.
7 - Make your own happy list to feel happy longer
There are happy moments every day. Yes, even on that unlucky day when everything seemed to go wrong and you swore more than once on your messy partner, the annoying tailgater behind you and the computer that just went down during a stress task. The main thing is that you have to stop and think about it. Everything you give your attention grows. So the more you pay attention to the fun things, the better you remember them.
A good way to do that is to create your own happy list. That is also something you will find in the Happlify your life book . Every week you are asked to make your 'Happy top 3 from last week'. That way you can't just forget those nice things.
8 - Insert a news boycott
Unfortunately, one look at a news site is not very good for your happiness. There is little chance that you will read anything about the newborn baby elephant in the zoo or the blossom that is blooming again. It is often more war, disease, death and misery. Are you sensitive to that kind of negativity and have a hard time letting go? Then insert a news boycott. Limit yourself to ten minutes of watching the news a day or even ban the news from your life altogether.
Afraid you'll miss important things? You can also ask your partner to update you on important things. Otherwise, one look at the NOS app a day is better for your happiness than refreshing the app every hour.
9 - Hold on to your previous happiness
Can you think of a time when you felt intensely happy? Maybe a special vacation that felt like one big dream? Your wedding, where one beautiful moment followed another? Or a nice conversation with a friend who is worth gold to you? You can feel happy not only by experiencing great and happy things now, but also by holding onto the happy makers of the past for longer.
Start your own happiness guidebook , flip through your photo albums, grab some cheerful videos or close your eyes and think about it for a moment. Then you will soon notice: life is full of beautiful things to feel happy.
Tell me, what makes you feel happy?
Author - Romy Veul
Copywriter, language fanatic, crazy about color and cheerful as often as possible. That's who Romy Veul is in a nutshell. On her blog More Happy she takes you along in her positive fantasies. This always with a modest dose of humor and nice colorful photos.