Most people want to be happy. You might walk pass happy people and wonder, what’s their secret? The truth is, happiness is within all of our reach. This might seem like an elusive thought, especially if you have a lot of problems and can't find a reason to smile. However, no matter what you're going through, you can reverse a frown by remembering these seven truths about happiness.
1. Happiness is a Choice
If you're unhappy because of the hand you’ve been dealt, you might laugh at the idea that happiness is a choice. So it might come as a shock to learn that many happy people have also gone through tough times. In fact, some still deal with their hardships. You can't change your situation, but you can change how you respond. If you change your mindset and resolve to be happy, you'll discover it’s much easier to cope during hard times.
2. Happiness Starts with Gratitude
If you can't pull yourself out of a funk, remember that happiness starts with gratitude. Gratitude is the “quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.” The next time you're throwing yourself a pity party, flip the script and think of everything you're grateful for. This might be your family, your friends, your health, etc. Redirect your focus and you’ll see that while your life isn't perfect, it's not bad either.
3. Happiness is Contagious
I don't know about you, but it's hard to be negative when I'm around excited, upbeat and happy people. If you're feeling sad or miserable, don't isolate yourself. More than ever, you need to be around people who are cheerful. When you’re ready to talk to someone about your problems, don't go to someone who has a similar attitude. Misery loves company, and these people might drag you down. Speak with someone who's positive and can help readjust your outlook.
4. No One else Can Make You Happy
Although it's helpful to confide in someone who can help you see the good in your life, don't expect this person to make you happy. At the end of the day, you — and only you — and pull yourself out of a funk.
5. No One's Happy 24/7
It's also important to remember that no one is happy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You might look at a friend, a coworker or a relative and secretly envy their gleeful state of mind. While these people might appear to always be cheerful, they also have their bad days. Their life isn’t perfect either. The difference is that they don't let the bad overshadow the good.
6. Take Care of Your Body
If you're feeling down, getting physically active can also improve your mood and mindset. Exercise releases “feel good” hormones which can help you cope with hardships. It doesn't have to be a strenuous activity. You can hop on your bike and go around the block, take a walk through the park, go swimming or play a sport. The idea is to get out, get active and take your mind off your problems.
7. Laughter is the Best Medicine
If you're having a bad day, sign into Netflix or go to your nearest Redbox location and choose the funniest comedy you can find. Spending the next two hours laughing at a good comedy is sure to lift your mood and help you forget the day’s troubles – even if only temporary.
Finding your happy place can be challenging, especially when you have a lot going on. But if you can remember these seven truth about happiness, it'll be easier to keep a smile on your face.
How do you keep yourself happy when going through trials?