How to Stay Happy in a Busy World
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the constant running around both mentally and physically of your week to week routine? Does your job leave you feeling unappreciated and under compensated? If you’re on the verge of a mid life or quarter life crisis, don’t run out and buy an expensive sports car or go out and get a facelift.
We all experience feelings of discontent in our lives. Whether it be from work stress or overwhelming home projects, it is perfectly normal to feel lost occasionally. The good news is that you aren’t alone, and you don’t have to feel this way. Happiness is not a dream; in fact, with these simple tips, you can easily obtain a more happy and content life. Studies conducted by psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky claim that there are some things that people who are generally more happy do that others do not.
Always Show Gratitude
It’s not difficult to say a thank you here or sending out a phone call or greeting card to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. When you appreciate what you have, everything you have appreciates in value. So take an inventory of all the people you care about and all the things you are thankful for. Write down a list and remind yourself of all these positive things in your life when you are feeling down. This can help bring you a deeper sense of happiness.
Don’t Over-Think or Compare Yourself to Others
If you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, be it on social media or just in your daily routine, you will either feel bad about yourself or feel bad for someone else. These emotions are not good for your overall happiness. If you feel inferior to someone, your self-esteem will deflate; and if you think you’re “better” than someone else, your ego will inflate in an unhealthy way. It is impossible to truly rate a person’s value, so think of everyone with respect and kindness. If you get too caught up in your head, you might fail to appreciate what truly matters.
Perform Random Acts of Kindness
Giving back is a surefire way to feel better about yourself. No matter how poorly you feel, there is someone else out there who could benefit from your help. Also, performing acts of kindness has been said to release serotonin in your brain. This feel-good neurotransmitter is great for giving your mood a kick in the positive direction. Not only will you feel better, but you will be helping others feel better too.
You don’t have to live your life in a fog of unhappiness or malaise. Practice these tips for happiness and you may just live a fuller and better quality life.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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