Happiness is a place where everyone wants to find themselves, but it is often easier said than done.Being happy does require work, especially with the busy and over-extended lifestyles that adults tend to live today.

However, it is important to know that everyone can be happy and the methods that will get you here are things that you can start doing today. 

This means that happiness is something you can start feeling immediately and there is no need to live in a state of constant stress and depressed moods.

Focus On the Good Things You Have

It is easy to let things that are out of your control cloud your focus and negatively affect your mood. It is important to switch your thinking and focus on the things that are good in your life. For example, if you are not crazy about your job, focus on the fact that you are currently employed and can pay your bills. 

All it takes is a simple change in your focus to improve your happiness and alleviate stress and a down mood.

Release the Feeling that You Need to Control Everything

It is very common to feel the need to control all of the aspects of your life because when you are in control, you feel confident. However, since it is impossible to constantly control everything, this can quickly become overwhelming.

It is important to let change happen and simply focus on how to better adapt to it. You cannot control change, but you can control how you react to it.

Don’t Stress About Reaching Your Goals

While it is important to have goals, if reaching them is your constant focus, you will inevitably fail and lose your happiness. Instead, simply make peace and happiness your primary goal when you wake up each morning.

Of course, your other goals are always present, but when you reduce your focus on them and stop stressing about them, you can start to work toward what is most important. As an added bonus, people who are happy are more productive (research has proven it) and this increases their chances of reaching their goals.

Forget the Past and the Future and Be in the Now

When it comes to life, it is critical to live in the present. Constant worry over what the future holds or often thinking about mistakes in the past will prevent your ability to live a full life.

When you live your life in the present, you are actually preparing for a better, happier future. Take in each moment and fully enjoy it and find something to celebrate each day, no matter how small. When you make mistakes, simply take advantage of them and convert them into valuable learning opportunities.

Sweat it Out Often to Increase Your Endorphins

Endorphins are essentially natural antidepressants and you release these when you exercise and really work up a sweat. Regular exercise increases happiness and helps to prevent issues like anxiety and depression. It helps you to find a balance in your life and exercise also provides a healthy escape from your stresses and other issues.

If you are having a particularly rough day, 20 minutes of heart-pumping exercise can help to pull you out of your funk (fear or depression) so that you can improve your mood and increase your chance of being happy instead of overwhelmed or upset.

Spend Some Time in the Great Outdoors

One of the best ways to reduce sadness and increase happiness is to head outside and spend some time in nature. The sun provides a dose of vitamin D and when you have normal blood levels of this nutrient, you are less likely to experience depression.

Another important part of nature is that it is proven to stimulate areas of the brain that are linked to positivity, happiness and emotional stability. Going on a hike, relaxing on a beach or even just reading in your backyard will help you to center yourself, shift your focus to the positive and increase how happy you feel.

Get an Appropriate Amount of Sleep Nightly

It is no secret that getting plenty of sleep is critical for your overall health. However, what many people do not know is that when they do not get enough sleep, it is harder to be truly happy. Lack of sleep can also hinder job performance and cause overeating, two issues that can lead to sadness and depression.

It is not easy to get more sleep with the busy lifestyle that people lead these days, but it is critical that you do everything in your power to get approximately eight hours each night. This will make you happier, give you more energy for the things that you enjoy and increase your overall health and well-being.

Find a Hobby that Stimulates Your Brain

Hobbies are important, but many people leave their hobbies to the wayside to do things like work and get an education. It is important to find a balance so that you have time to indulge in activities purely for enjoyment. If you do not currently have a hobby, take some time to get started with one.

When it comes to choosing a hobby, it is important to focus on things that you enjoy. For example, learning a musical instrument or taking an art class is ideal for those who enjoy the arts. If you are into physical activity, consider joining a local sports team or organizing a weekend warrior group.

All that matters is that your hobby gives you a chance to get away from your normal life so that you can create something or accomplish something that makes you happy.

Happiness is Not Out of Your Reach

You can start to improve your mood and your life today. Mix a variety of these techniques and methods to improve your mood faster and ensure that it lasts long-term. 

The overall key to happiness is living a healthy lifestyle that you truly love and enjoy. Once you start making these changes you will see that, happiness will come naturally!

All the best, 

Dr. Antwala