Do you consider yourself a happy person?
If you had to think about that question, even if it’s just one second, there are probably some things you can improve about your daily life to bring that smile on your face.
Most of us know that we don’t need lots of money, huge careers and a massive circle of friends to be happy. It’s the little things. Her are 9 of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling down:
1. Do something nice for someone else
I get all warm and fuzzy when I make someone else happy. I like to bring my boyfriend flowers randomly (and crush those gender expectations!), open the door for someone or buy a coffee for the person behind me in line. Bonus: you don’t only put a smile on your own face, but also on someone else’s!
2. Practice gratitude
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: practicing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to bring a smile on your face. Make a little list of things that are going well in your life and that you are grateful for. Reminding yourself of all the blessings in life will definitely bring a smile on your face.
3. Learn something new
Take an online course or learn a language. There are plenty of (free) resources on the internet that can help you learn new things.
4. Spend some time with yourself
Turn your electronics off and enjoy your own company. I like to go to the library or have a fancy dinner for one. Yes, I’ve gotten some strange looks sometimes, but who cares?
5. Organize your life
You now have a good reason to buy that planner you’ve been eyeing for some time now :-). Organizing my life in a cute planner always makes me feel accomplished and like I’ve just tidied up the mess in my head. And when things get overwhelming, I know I can turn to my planner at all times.
6. Sweat it out
You don’t have to run a marathon, but going for a walk or a short run can be super replenishing. Even a little stretch can make a difference! Exercise releases endorphins, also known as the happy hormone.
7. Step out of your comfort zone
Take a dance class by yourself or sign up for a workshop. I will be the first to admit this isn’t easy, but it is incredibly empowering to step out of your comfort bubble and look fear in the eyes.
8. Spend some time outside
If you work a 9 – 6 (or 8…) job, chances are you don’t get a ton of sun most days. Vitamin D is known to boost you mood and fresh air will wake up your brain. For me, going outside also helps to clear up my mind when I feel anxious.
9. Learn to let go
Don’t worry about the past and don’t worry about the future. All you have is now, so focus on that. The rest will come.