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Friday, 21 March 2014

Happy.

It's one of life's achievements, to be happy. I remember when people asked me what I wanted to be when I was older, my answer was always happy (or a dancer or vet). Understandably, there's no easy way to just be happy but there are a few ways in which you can help yourself be the happier version of yourself. I started writing this post yesterday and later found it was National Happiness Day, what a coincidence.

Accept what you have.
This is a very obvious happy secret. It's all about knowing how to avoid disappointment and to strive for realistic goals. I have spent many of my time wishing I had this or that however when you take a step back, what you already have is really quite special. "Things could be worse" is usually my response when things go wrong, however it couldn't be more true. Are you happy with the friends you have? Are you happy that you have a roof over your head? Are you happy that there is pizza in the oven? All of these little things can really change your outlook on your own life.

 
Be comfortable with yourself.

This means accept and embrace your personality, looks, mistakes, habits, the way you talk but most importantly "you". Try to learn to feel comfortable in your own skin and remember that who you are is what you are. Don't apologise to anyone for something which is a part of you, like your personality, style and good or bad habits. Remember there is always someone who likes you for who you are. For example, if you want to wear something which is strange but you like it, wear it, no-one should stop you. It is a step towards building a good relationship with yourself. Take pictures of what makes you happy and don't be afraid to share them. It's a good way of expressing your interests - pretty much what all us bloggers do eh?

 
Be compassionate.
Compassion is all about doing something kind for someone. Smile at people, if they don't smile back, you've done your bit. Smiling will increase those happy hormones anyway. Give a person in need a shoulder to cry on, give a coffee to a homeless person, let someone know you're there for them or arrange time each day to speak to someone you haven't in a while. Forgive those that have hurt you, learn from the pain you experienced and grow from it. All it will do is make you a stronger, more compassionate person. Looking on the positive side of things will increase your knowledge on the world and everyone loves being around positive, smiley people.


Exercise and eat healthily.
Now this one is questionable. However, the more you exercise, the more endorphins are released and the better you will feel. Even if you take time to go for a walk. 30 minutes of exercise a day can make you feel more alert, productive, relaxed and happier. At the end of the day, you will know that you have done your bit to care for your body and mind. The same goes with eating right, have some healthy meals each week so you can avoid that disappointing, sluggish feeling (Friday nights are an exception). Don't fret about treating yourself once in a while, that Ben and Jerry's won't disappear on it's own. Relaxing is also very important. Take time out to yourself, grab a coffee, a magazine and sit in the sunshine for a few minutes. Give yourself time to think and reflect.



 

6 comments:

  1. I love the sugar skull mug xx

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  2. Such a lovely post! I needed this today! <3

    Hayley xo | Sailor Stories

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  3. Im listening to 'happy' by Farell while reading this lol

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  4. Aww Smug Pug! I love pugs, and this blog

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  5. Time to think is the best time, thanks for the post!

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