There are times when we get too wrapped up in our daily lives and routine, and we unexpectedly forget to live happy. Here are 5 ways that I’ve learned to embrace life more happily.
1. Smile more often.
To be amazed of life is to feel fully alive and present in the moment. Most people smile when they receive something; a compliment, a surprise, a gift, a promotion etc. However, most time we forget to smile at the little things that go unnoticed very often. Just the same way people say, “Don’t forget to count your blessings”, we should also remember to smile at the little things. Smile at the sunrise and say “thank you”, smile at your dog greeting you at the front door, smile at the person next to you without a smile. So next time appreciate the little things, as for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.2. Live your life as if everything was a miracle.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”
We must not forget even the negative things in our life can be a miracle. They are brought to us for a reason. Without challenges and change we do not learn from our mistakes, we do no learn to appreciate more, we do not grow. So the next time you think you are having the worst day in your life, think that day is a miracle and don’t forget to smile and remember that your heart is still beating.3. Let go.
“Don’t be a prisoner of things you cannot change”.
I used to have the hardest time letting go of things that affected me emotionally, mentally, and physically. I’ve learned the hard way that when you hold on to grudges, you are only carrying around a huge boulder on your back. Eventually, it weighs you down. Everyone knows that letting go of things can be extremely difficult, and it’s so much easier to forget then forgive. Well, I can say that letting go of all the negativity that I thought I had forgotten but never really let go of, has changed my life dramatically. I used to let little things affect my mood and thoughts. I used to hold on to small grudges without knowing how much it was affecting me. Then one day I decided to let go. I bent down to grab the nearest dandelion that spotted in my backyard, I picked it off the ground and thought to myself, ” just let go.” I watched the little dandelions fly away as I blew. At that moment, I agreed to let go of all the negativity I held on to, and to invite any challenges in my life but to not let them take a toll on me. The results? Happiness. I can now say that I find myself feeling happier and more peaceful than ever. I am happy with where my life is at in the moment. Any negativity that comes my way I now embrace, accept, and let go.4. Pay attention to your surroundings.
I didn’t know how blind I was to the world around me, and that I was not fully paying attention to my surroundings, until I had an encounter that changed the way I look at life.If you walk down almost any street in an urban city, you will come across numerous homeless people in need. These are the moments when one should stop and care, make a difference, a random act of kindness. How could this bring more happiness to you? Most say “It’s the right thing to do”, however, thoughts and acts of giving fills the brain with feel good chemicals. It also boosts your self-esteem, so it actually ends up benefiting you as well.
5. Reduce anxiety and stress.
Your character is revealed when going through darkness. We all go through a time in our lives when we have to deal with anxiety and stress. We know that it can come from anywhere, whether it is from work, family related issues, a relationship, your health, and or personal problems. How we deal with them can make a huge difference in the way we live. What can help?
Shift your thoughts. When we find ourselves drowned with negative thoughts, it is time to shift our focus to the positive.
Meditate. Spend at least 5 minutes in the morning or during your lunch break to just sit and focus on your breathing. Block out all thoughts and just breathe.
Accept. Sometimes we cannot control situations in our lives, we cannot change certain things. So we must accept them for what they are. But if they get to a point where it is unbearable, then make a change and start looking for something new that will bring you positivity.