Feeling happy throughout the day isn’t impossible. Sure, you may have some ups and downs in your day, but you never let those down moments linger. Instead, you capitalize on your ups to help sustain your positivity throughout the day. Here are seven ways you can make sure you have happy thoughts daily:
- Have a daily to-do list
Your to-do list doesn’t have to be set in stone, but it should basically plan out what you’re going to do on that day. Sure, you can do something spontaneous but sticking to a to-do list will help you feel happy everytime you tick something off that list.
While I don’t make any to-do-lists a mile long, I take what I’ve put on my calendar and add details in a notebook or hard copy daily planner.
- Reward yourself for every small win
Every time you do something on your to-do list, you can give yourself a pat on the back. Or you can go stand up from your computer to take a short break; go for a walk, sit outside with tea, coffee, water, etc.
Having a reward system in place is important to keep motivating yourself.
- Look forward to making someone smile
When you make someone smile, you feel great too. You feel happy, and you think positive thoughts. When someone smiles at you, you feel compelled to smile back at them too.
You can bake something for a neighbor or kids.
You can give someone a call who you haven’t talked to in a while.
You can send fresh flowers to someone you’re thinking of.
- Do something kind every day
Random acts of kindness will make you feel happy. Whether you’re helping out someone you know or a total stranger, you’re doing a good deed. When you do something kind because you want to do it, you don’t feel compelled to take photos so you can post on social media. Genuinely kind people don’t need to broadcast their activities to the world.
- Compliment someone and mean it
When you compliment someone and mean it, you make that person happy. However, if you make a fake compliment, it can backfire on you so make sure you avoid doing that. If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.
See someone at the store with shoes you love? Say so!
Someone post a great photo on Facebook? Let that person know! (ie: You look really great! This post is so inspirational – thanks for sharing!)
- Go for a quick run
A quick run or brisk walking in your street or building during your breaks is a good idea. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, doing short bursts of exercise will help you get back on track and help you think happy thoughts again.
Movement has been proven to boost endorphins or your happy hormones! BONUS – movement has also been proven to stimulate brain cell activity which improves focus, clarity, and drive.
- Hang out with happy people
Who better to help you think happy thoughts than hanging out with them happy folks? Positive people will influence you to think happy thoughts instead of bad ones.
You are the average of the 5 people you hang out with you . . . take a look around to who is influencing your behavior and thoughts . . .