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A Few Ways to Boost Your Happiness in 2015

I think that happiness is a pretty common goal for most people. And there’s really no better time to start reflecting on your own happiness than at the beginning of a new year; it gives you the opportunity to reflect on the past year and the things that made you happy and, contrastedly, what brought you unhappiness or anxiety.

Using that, you should make mental notes on how to ensure that the upcoming year is full of happiness. If you find yourself getting stuck, use these tips for positive habits to help yourself along to a happier and healthier you:

#1: Be polite.

Politeness can offer you so much more than simple social skills. Offering a “please”, a “thank you”, an “excuse me”, or a “you’re welcome” to another person can actually provide you with improved feelings of happiness, improve your social connections with others, and help you to be more aware of your surrounding world and the people in it. Research has actually shown that showing kindness towards others can actually help enhance your own satisfaction with life.

#2: Be forgiving.

Think about the last time you held a grudge against someone- I’m going to throw out a guess and say that it probably wasn’t the happiest time in your life… Am I right? It’s not a surprise; studies indicate that holding onto anger can actually damage your overall well being. It can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety, potentially leading to poorer cardiovascular health. Instead of allowing anger to fester and to lead to unfortunate health side-effects, practice the art of forgiveness. It’s never easy to swallow one’s pride, but forgiving another person can ultimately help to boost your self-esteem and lead to a happier life, overall.

#3: Be thankful.

Practicing gratitude on a daily basis can help you to reflect on the goodness and generosity of other people, thus allowing yourself to become more optimistic. Researchers in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology wrote, “there do appear to be some great benefits to regularly focusing on one's blessings, especially when compared with a focus on complaints, yet are still apparent in comparison with simply reflecting the major events in one’s life.” Take a few minutes at the end of your day to recognize the generosity of others, either by jotting specific examples down or by quietly reflecting upon the graciousness of people, as a whole.


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