As someone who has experienced depression in the past, I know that having a happy life is very important and necessary for emotional survival. It may seem like a hard thing to accomplish, but it is very possible to live a more enjoyable and free life. Here are 10 steps that have helped me out a whole lot in my journey to achieve a more happy and fulfilling life:
1. Stop Worrying
Most of us spend way too much time worrying! We worry about everything from what we will have for dinner to how we will pay the bills. Worrying does not accomplish anything positive. It just adds undo stress to our lives and our bodies. If worrying doesn’t help us, why do it? Cut the worrying out of your life, and just do whatever is needed to keep things on track for you.
2. Replace Those Negative Thoughts With Positive, Happy Thoughts
Sounds easy, but if you’re used to worrying, it takes a while to change your thought process. Since the negative thinking has not been working, how about changing your focus to positive thinking? Don’t think about what could go wrong! Instead, think about what could go right! Spend your day focusing on positive things and things that make you happy. Trust me, it really works to change your attitude.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive People
If you want to be happy, don’t surround yourself with unhappy people. You want to be around others who are able to enjoy life and have a positive attitude. Happiness can be infectious, so keep company with other happy and motivated people.
Keeping yourself physically healthy helps with keeping you mentally healthy. When you look and feel good on the outside, you feel good on the inside.
5. Give to Those Less Fortunate
Help out others who are less fortunate than you. Giving to someone in need makes you feel good, because you have made someone else’s life a little better.
6. Learn a New Skill
Find something that you don’t know and learn it. Wether it be cooking, another language, a craft, or an instrument, learn something new and expand your abilities.
7. Find Something that Makes You Happy and Do It
Sounds simple, but most of us don’t take enough time concentrating on ourselves. Think of the things that make you happy and make time in your schedule to do them!
8. Develop a Grateful Attitude
Be appreciative! Be thankful! Be grateful for everything and everyone in your life! There is always someone worse off than you, so be grateful.
9. Take Time to Enjoy Nature
Learn to appreciate the beauty around you. Take a walk and see all of the beauty around you that you would normally not pay attention to.
10. Set and Accomplish Your Goals
It is important to have goals in life. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small! Write down your goals, and set a timeframe to accomplish them. Accomplishing your goals makes you feel good about yourself, and it enhances your life!
Why not start creating a more happy you today?