- Reward Yourself During The Week.
You roll out of bed at 5:00 a.m. and your day doesn’t end until 10:00 p.m. Sound familiar? The daily grind can be grueling, but it is so much better if you give yourself small rewards throughout the week
Here are some ideas:
- Go out to breakfast or treat yourself to a fancy cup of coffee.
- Retail therapy over your lunch hour.
- Take a class one evening per week. (Wine tasting, yoga, baking, etc.).
- Volunteer your time.
- Take one evening per week to do absolutely nothing! Pizza and Netflix, anyone?
- Exercise and Eat Healthy.
There is a close connection between the mind and body. Positive lifestyle habits such as exercise and healthy eating have been shown to be associated with improved mental well-being and lower incidence of depression and anxiety.
Facts and Advice About Exercise & Happiness:
- Endorphins are released throughout your body, which is a chemical that fights stress.
- Don’t stress out about creating the most challenging workout everyday. Instead, set a goal to complete 20 minutes of activity that you enjoy.
- Make exercise a habit: pack your gym clothes the night before, track and log your exercises, start small and work your way up.
Facts and Advice About Healthy Eating:
- Plan your meals over the weekend so you are prepared throughout the week.
- Eat often enough to keep your blood sugar levels steady.
- Don’t skip meals!
- Be sure you are eating a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates.
- Help Someone Out.
Take time to help your colleagues. This will make them happy which in turn will make you happy! Helping others gives you a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which create good feelings.
- Practice Resilience.
Practicing Resilience allows you to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart completely. It allows you to protect your emotions and avoid becoming overwhelmed by difficulties of your daily life
Suggestions to build your resilience:
- Get enough sleep.
- Build lasting relationships.
- Give back to the community.
- Find your sense of purpose.
- Be thankful for what you have.
- Listen to Music.
Studies have shown that we are hardwired to react emotionally to a piece of music. Music has also been found to boost your immune system, lower stress, and forge social bonds.
Maybe having those headphones in your ears all day isn’t such a bad thing, after all!
- Find Meaning in Your Work.
While being happy is about feeling good, meaning is derived from contributing to others or to society in a bigger way.
Suggestions to find meaning in your work:
- Figure out what makes you want to wake up and go to work every day.
- Find your passion and become a change agent.
- If you can’t find meaning from your job, then consider a meaningful volunteer opportunity.
- Be open to change.
Happiness is fundamental to our own goals in life and can help us accomplish personal ambitions and goals. Start to find your happiness today and you may find that you will become a more creative, funny, and energetic person.