I think we all have days when life gets us down and we get caught up in our to-do lists or the stress of our jobs or families. Or we keep running for our goals and forget to think about the here and now. We need to stop letting that happen and make sure we smile at least once a day.
Because happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it should be a state of mind.
So to help, here are 5 tips on how to stop yourself getting down and instead let yourself be happy.
1. Love who you are
We all have moments when we feel really crappy about ourselves and think we not good enough / clever enough / pretty enough. But sometimes you’ve just got to push all that aside. If you don’t love yourself, no one else will! Having some confidence in who you are, will make you happier every time you look in the mirror.
2. Indulge your inner child
One of the best ways to put a smile on yourself, is to jump back to your childhood self – the person without all the stress and hang ups. Just be silly, let yourself laugh and just have some fun.
3. Become a daydreamer
As a writer, I get pretty excited by the fact I can daydream and let my imagination flow freely because that’s how stories are written. But even if you don’t write, it can be so freeing to just let your mind wander and let yourself dream.
4. Take a moment for you
One of the best ways to bring back the happiest spark, is to step away from the hamster wheel and take a moment out to relax and just be with yourself. My favourite is to have a long bath, pamper myself and listen to my favourite music. And, of course, curling up with a good book is never a bad idea. Find something that helps you and set aside time to indulge.
5. Rock out your guilty pleasure
We should all find something that we enjoy even if it’s silly and something others will laugh at you for enjoying (as long as it’s legal guys!). Sometimes things can be so bad, they’re good and taking some time with your guilty pleasure should make you smile. I either feed my celebrity gossip affliction, stick on the Kardashians or sing really badly along to my favourite music!
What’s your best happiness tip?