With 2021 fastly coming to an end, it is natural to embark on a self-reflecting journey. Looking at our past helps us understand how every decision we take impacts our lives and those around us, thus forcing us to identify what is important to us, especially when searching for happiness. While most people want to be happy and live a meaningful and balanced life, the reality is that finding happiness can be more complex than anticipated. Our daily responsibilities affect our emotional wellbeing, from finances to health, relationships, aspirations, professional development, personal issues, and even goals.
There are several interpretations of what it means to be happy and how to achieve it, yet most agree that its true meaning and approach varies depending on each person. However, it is necessary to understand that authentic happiness is not perpetual. It is human to feel unhappy from time to time. Still, there are simple and effective strategies that we can apply daily to be happier, feel comfortable with ourselves, and enjoy our lives.
1. Start the day with a smile.
Setting a positive attitude from the moment you wake up can have a beneficial impact on your day. A smile has the power to improve your mood, reduce stress, and influence others. Smiling is infectious. Share your smile with the world.
2. Share a moment with a loved one.
Spending time with those we cherish can help us boost our happiness and reinforce our connection with those around us. Go on a walk with a friend, reconnect with an old mate, enjoy lunch with a colleague you admire or have dinner with your family and loved ones.
3. Appreciate the little things in life.
Our lives are an accumulation of incredible moments that more often than not go unnoticed. We live in a world where distractions are plentiful and hard to avoid. Try putting your phone down and take notice of what's around you. Be thankful for what you have and all the little things that give life meaning.
4. Do what you love.
Set aside some time for yourself and do the things that bring you joy. Regardless of how big or small, the action is, doing what you love will provide you with a great sense of achievement. Nourish and look after yourself to ensure you have a balanced and meaningful life.
5. Express yourself.
Life is too short and unpredictable not to enjoy it. We need to make the most of it while we can. Use clothing, accessories, makeup, or even your hairstyle to convey who you are. Always remember to use what makes you feel comfortable and happy. Express yourself with a wide range of colours and let your personality shine.