Health & Beauty

Five Ways to Stay Happy

Everything moves so quickly. Technology has made us impatient and On Demand television has made us spoiled. We binge watch television, we’re glued to our phones, and even our kids have their own tablets to use at a restaurant. It’s really easy to disconnect from people while connecting to your device. We have to really consciously consider whether we’re “happy” and what that even means. And now, more than ever, we have to seek out happiness–we have to remember to be happy. Below are some quick and healthy tips to keep you on even keel.

1. Meditate

You don’t have to enter an Ashram in India for this to work. The key is to start slow. Put yourself in a quiet place and see if you can quiet your brain for one minute. When you’ve done that, try two. Before you know it, your quiet time will be something you look forward to each day. Do this however is comfortable for you: under your desk at work, on your deck, in your bathtub, wherever! Just dedicate a few minutes a day to you.

2. Exercise

This is a no-brainer. Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Exercise makes you happy. You won’t want to do it, but knowing you did will make you physically happier, plus the knowledge that you’ve accomplished something makes you emotionally happier.

3. Affirmations

Just say something nice to yourself in the mirror each morning. You’re going to feel like a class-A goofball, but do it anyway. You don’t need to rely on other people’s opinions. Yours is the only one that counts. Find something, anything, positive to say to yourself, even if it’s just, “Great job getting out of bed this morning!” On the flip side, it helps to trash negativity. Literally. Write something down you dislike about yourself and burn it, tear it up or put it in the garbage disposal. It will help.

4. Pray

You don’t have to be any particular religion at all. But it helps to have some kind of faith that a higher power listens. Before you go to bed, list all of the things you are grateful for and then a few things you could use some help with, like patience, or motivation. Having a conversation helps.

5. Sleep

Just sleep. You need at least eight hours of sleep and some experts are now saying nine. Getting less than that will make you age faster, lower your immunity, increase your reliance on coffee, and cause you feel generally slow and sluggish. Try setting an alarm for bedtime, as well as wake up time.