Pharrell Williams: It’s not possible to experience constant euphoria, but if you’re grateful, you can find happiness in everything.
How do you boost your spirits? Do you need to make yourself happier often? When you’re stressed or sad, it’s easier to bury your head in the sand and go back to bed. After my morning shower, at least a couple of times a week, I just lay back down and take a little nap before realizing my hair will be too frizzy or too flat if I just keep it wrapped in a towel. Good thing that could happen or I might sleep for another two or three hours.
One proven idea to make you happier is to get back on the coloring book bandwagon; the adult coloring craze is still going strong. A 2017 study in the Art Therapy journal found the act of coloring an image lowered anxiety and improved mood.
How often do you express gratitude? Daily gratitude can make us happier, but the average person runs out of things to say they’re grateful for. Michelle Gielan, the author of Broadcasting Happiness, advises that we focus on unique, specific, small stuff. There are many small things to be thankful for, even if it’s a flower in your neighbor’s yard.
Do you have a bucket list? How about a buddy to do those bucket list things with? According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, spending money on life experiences can bring you happiness, and it’s even better when you share them with someone. Anyone want to kiss the Blarney Stone with me someday?
Social media can either boost your mood or drive it south….and that can likely happen with minutes! Take an assessment of how you feel when you’re checking Facebook or Instagram. Supported and connected? Then log on and feel the love! If social media tends to bring out negative emotions, step away for a few hours or a few days. It will be good for you.
The last thing you want to hear when you’re sad or mad is “smile!” but it really does help. If you make yourself smile while recalling happy memories, you can improve your mood.