We’re true believers that it’s the little things in life that make us happiest. Flowers budding in your favorite hue outside your office window; finding the perfect dress on sale, for the perfect occasion; a flawlessly-brewed cup of morning coffee… all these things add up together to make life wonderful.
Sometimes, if you’re feeling down, it’s a great idea to incorporate some of the little things in your life that you love most to lift up your spirits. These things can be a bit different for each and every one of us, but finding that little go-to something that makes you feel radiant, confident, and warm is a guaranteed way to better your mood when you need it most.
We’ve come up with a few ideas for you to keep in your arsenal when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
1) Get lost in what you love.
Whether it’s a good book, a crossword puzzle, or coffee with a friend, getting lost in what you love and letting your worries fade away is one giant key to happiness. It takes some practice, but allowing yourself to get totally wrapped up in something – without any of your stressful thoughts butting into your head unexpectedly – is a challenge worth taking.
2) Be a child.
Engage your innocence, grab a piece of paper and start doodling. Go hop on the swings at your local playground, or watch a quick Disney movie. Getting back to your childhood roots, a time when stress was much less prevalent, can help bring you back to those happy, carefree times yet again.
3) Find some animals to play with.
What’s better than some puppies, kittens, or even baby farm animals to get you to your happiest? Some colleges even bring groups of baby animals to campus during finals nowadays, to help students ease stress. Head out to volunteer at your local animal shelter, text a friend who has a few pets, or take your own puppy for a walk. We guarantee you’ll feel happier after seeing those young creatures bounce around!
4) Find an exercise you adore.
When you find a form of exercise you love, it’s certain to make you feel happy. Exercise releases endorphins – feel-good chemicals that send happiness throughout your brain. It’s the reason you have that feeling after any exercise: rejuvenated and alive. Finding a form you love makes it that much easier to start… and continue multiple times per week!
5) Write compliments to your loved ones.
Letting your friends and family know what you love about them can make you feel wonderful. Offering kindness in any form, whether this way, through volunteering, or simply letting someone go in front of you in traffic, is enough to make you (and the others) smile!
6) Pamper yourself.
Get your nails done (or do them yourself!), take a nice long bath, or spoil yourself to something you’ve been dying for (whether that’s homemade brownies or a great pair of shoes). You deserve this happiness, and taking extra good care of yourself is the perfect way to appreciate your accomplishments.
What are your best tactics for staying joyous? Let us know in the comments below!