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How To Be Happy: The Art of Living

This blog post is all about how to be happy. It’s a well-known fact that being happy can make you healthier, more productive, and even wealthier. So why not try some of the tips below to see if they work for you?

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How To Be Happy

Happiness is a choice. We all have the power to choose our own happiness, and in doing so we can create a better world.

Brené Brown

Being happy is something that many people strive for every day. It’s essential to take care of your mental health and live your best life possible, but it can be hard when you’re not sure how to do it.

The following tips will help with that goal:

Spend time with friends and family: Happiness comes from those around us – it’s crucial to spend as much time as possible with loved ones because they positively impact your life.

Listen to music: Listening to music can lift your mood in seconds! Research has found that listening to “happy music” increases activity in brain regions associated with pleasure and reward, so next time you need a pick me up, turn on the radio!

Smile more. Smiling can change your mood for the better.

Have gratitude practice. Many studies show that people who maintain a gratitude journal are happier than those who don’t.

Remember the good things in life. Focus on what you have to be grateful for, not what you don’t have or don’t want anymore.

Practice mindfulness meditation for at least 10 minutes a day, do something that makes you happy, or take care of yourself by doing something restorative like reading.

Do something that makes you happy. Volunteering is great, but don’t forget about things like watching your favorite movie or taking a bubble bath, either.

Join a community of people who make you smile. This can be friends, family, or even online! You could find them on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or find a book club or creative/writing group in your area.

More Tips To Be Happy

Dress up for no reason. Go to the grocery store, the post office, etc. wearing something you would never wear to work or school!

Be around people who make you smile and laugh as much as possible!

Have at least one conversation a day where you are 100% truthful. This will make it easier to say what’s on your mind when something is bothering you.

Relax! Let go of tension in your shoulders, face, and jaw. Please close your eyes, take ten slow breaths and feel all the muscles relax…it works!

Permit yourself to be happy. If you have a hard time accepting this because you don’t feel deserving of happiness, remember that no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes.

Don’t take yourself so seriously! Smile when someone tells a joke at your expense…it can help diffuse the situation (and make them like you!). It also helps to know that sometimes other people are mean and it has nothing to do with you… ignore them!

Spend time with children. They have a positive outlook on the world, which rubs off after a while.

Find ways to make your daily routine more stimulating. Turn up your radio or put on some music when you get dressed in the morning. Dance around, sing along! If you have kids, teach them a new game or have water balloon fights outside.

Spend time with people who are optimistic about life. You will adopt their attitude quickly if it’s contagious!

Say “no” to requests that don’t make you happy (like extra work at your job, doing favors for someone who isn’t a good friend, etc.)

Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise! If you don’t take care of your physical self, it will be hard to feel happy.

Talk about all the things that make you happy with your family and friends. They want to know what makes you happy so they can encourage you…so let them know!

Think about how far you’ve come on your journey through life so far. Everyone has had tough times, but give yourself some credit for making it through those experiences!

How to Be Happy Alone

People who are happy alone may be more likely to stay single. If you feel that you will never find someone to be pleased with, then it’s time to focus on being comfortable on your own. I’m not saying you should be content about being alone, but if the opportunity does arise for you to be with someone, then great. Trying not to need someone is hard, but it’s worth the effort.

Here are some ways of how to be happy alone:

Set goals for yourself

It can’t just be about getting married and having kids. It needs to go beyond that. Set goals for your life and see where they lead you, even if that means not marrying or having kids. Just start taking steps forward to where you want your life to go.

Do the things that make you happy

If it’s traveling, then do it. If it’s dancing, then dance. If it’s just laying in the sun all day long, then do that too. Having some hobby can help you not mope around feeling sorry for yourself because there is something better out there and keep you busy doing things that make your heart sing.

Love yourself

Don’t let anyone tell you what a woman should be, how a woman should look, or what kind of women men want these days. Love means accepting someone as they are with all their flaws and loving them anyway. So start applying this rule to yourself first by forgiving yourself and then loving yourself for who you are.

Don’t let your age get in the way

If you’re 35 and still single, don’t let that stop you from finding happiness. Don’t sit around and wait for anything to happen; make it happen. Do the things that will draw happiness into your life, not push it away.

Don’t give up on love

Even if you’ve been hurt before, keep trying again because there is someone out there waiting for you too. So keep an open mind about love because no matter how old or young you are, true love does come along when least expected. And with every moment of despair comes another opportunity for joy, so embrace whatever life offers rather than trying to predict or control it.

You never know what lies around the next corner, so stay hopeful and open to change. Love is a big part of happiness, but there’s more to life than just love, so live your best life everyday!

How To Make Someone Happy

It’s not too difficult to make someone happy. You can do it by paying attention to what they love and telling them how much you care about them. You can also do something nice for them or spend time with them.

But what about making someone’s life better? Is that even possible?

We think so. If you really care about someone, then just having them in your life is enough to make their lives better in some critical ways. Here are five ways people can benefit from your friendship:

People who know you will see you’re doing exciting, engaging, and worthwhile things with your life—and they want to do the same thing with theirs. So by being a vibrant person yourself, you motivate others to get off their butts and go for it! You’ll inspire them to be the best they can be. And when people take action themselves, not only do they make progress toward achieving their goals—they also grow as human beings.

Experience

People who are making their way through life will often face setbacks, barriers, frustrations, and problems—and it’s during these difficult times that they can benefit from someone sharing how they dealt with similar circumstances in the past. When you tell them what went wrong and how you addressed it, they can improve next time around—or avoid making the same mistake altogether. Essentially, being there for someone helps them explore new ways of overcoming challenges or navigating challenging situations—which means they grow wiser too! They can learn from your experience.

Understanding

Your friend should feel understood by you. Most people have had the frustrating experience of telling someone about a problem only to be met with solutions rather than understanding or empathy. But if you listen attentively while your friend tells you about their situation, this lets them know you get it—and that’s a powerful thing. Because while there might be practical things they need to do to solve the problem, what they’re craving is understanding—and hearing that you understand it gives them support and encouragement.

All of us have traits that are more developed than others—we may be outgoing or introverted, artistic or scientific, intuitive or analytical—but whatever our dominant characteristics happen to be, we can still improve on them by developing our weaker ones. And when someone is around someone whose personality complements theirs in a particular way, this encourages them to express their own (possibly suppressed) traits. So when you bring out the best in your friends by helping them develop themselves, they’ll feel happier and more fulfilled—and so will you! Your friendship will bring out the best in them.

Motivation

You can motivate each other to be positive and happy. When we’re with someone positive and enthusiastic, it rubs off on us, and we enter into their upbeat mood. And that’s not something we should take for granted. There are far too many people around us who aren’t optimistic about life or believe happiness is an impossible goal. Yet, these are the very people who are most likely to drag us down into a pessimistic outlook. Therefore, by spending time with someone who has a sunny disposition, you’ll help keep your perspective positive—and that will make you happier.

Conclusion

The secret to living a happy life is not just about relying on your attitudes or beliefs. It’s also about the people you surround yourself with and what they think of you. To be truly happy, you must be covered by supportive family members and friends who are willing to put in the effort for you. The good news? You can take control over this part of your life too! Start surrounding yourself with positive influences, which will help make sure your days are filled with joy instead of negativity.

And if all else fails, remember: no matter how dark things may seem right now, there is always something beautiful waiting around the corner…sometimes we need to look beyond our immediate surroundings to find it!

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