5 Simple Ways to Be Happy
Create a Healthy Environment: Surround yourself with people who are positive and/or who love and care for you.
Rid your life of toxic people; people who make you feel bad about yourself, or who make you feel sad often, people who stress you out, people who take but do not give back, etc.
Do what you Love: Find one thing (at least) that you love doing and are passionate about, and start doing it again regularly; baking, reading, a sport, fishing, playing cards, journaling, dancing, etc.
You don’t have to be good at it, just love doing it and do it often.
Try to find the Humor in things: Laugh at your mistakes, be silly, watch good old fashioned comedy (try watching I Love Lucy,) and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Do whatever you can to get yourself to smile and hopefully even laugh now and then, so you don’t forget what it feels like.
Talk it Out: Find someone you can talk to, who is a good listener; a Therapist, a Mentor, a trusted love one, etc.
Meet with them regularly to talk, whether it is professionally or a weekly coffee date.
Impact Someone else’s Life for the Better: Volunteer at a shelter, teach Sunday school, become a big brother/sister (or something similar, e.g. fostering) to a child or a mentor (officially or unofficially,) rescue an animal, pay it forward, etc.
It doesn’t have to be huge, just find something you can do to make a difference. You’ll be surprised at how much it impacts and helps you as well.
Hopefully these things will momentarily make you happier,
and over time help you to become a more joy-filled person.
Originally published at abbielu.com on January 14, 2016.