8 Actions to Take to Be Happy

BY Beth Hedrick        June 16, 2017

Happiness allows us to experience, from deep within, a sense of joy and positivity about life. People who are inherently happy tend to have a solid and healthy emotional well-being and mindset. If you are feeling unhappy, for any reason, and it has lasted for quite some time, there are actions you can take to change your feelings. Here are eight ways to take charge of your mental state and become a happier person.

1. Do something worthwhile.

Think about the things you are passionate about, and find a way to pursue an occupation or spend time working on a related task which is purposeful. While doing so, lose yourself in focus and thought, or become completely immersed in doing what you love doing. This total time of being engaged in something you enjoy can reap a sense of purpose in your life and keep you wanting to go further. Losing yourself in something you love can make you happy, indeed.

2. Develop strong relationships.

Having close relationships is important for many reasons. This does not mean you need to have a significant other, a lover, or a husband to be happy. Healthy and close friendships, such as tight circle of friends you can trust, a single loyal friend, or a family member that you are close to can deliver happiness for several reasons.

3. Have meaningful discussions.

When you and your significant other or close friend cut out the small talk and dig deeper into more intellectual and spiritual discussions, you may leave the conversation a little happier. Reflecting on healthy and meaningful discussions can open your mind to more of an inner, soulful contemplation process. Discussing and thinking on a bit of a higher level can teach you more about yourself, sometimes more than you ever thought you knew… about you!

4. Make memories.

Some people recover from a bad day or deal with sadness by spending money, which is often referred to as “retail therapy.” However, happiness can come from not spending a dime, and just by having experiences. Going on a hike with a loved one, having a social gathering with friends, or spending quality time with your children can make you happy and will give you cherished memories you can reflect on for years to come.

5. Have goals. 

When you set goals for yourself, whether personally or professionally, it gives you something to aim for in life. Goal setting can be both short-term and long-term and can apply to all aspects of your life, such as personal improvement, professional goals, or financial objectives. Intrinsic goals are beneficial to the inner-you and the self-rewarding can keep you moving forward along your journey, feeling satisfied along the way!

6. Be spiritual.

Spirituality comes in many forms, such as religion, meditation, and reflection on your personal being. This practice is calming and soothing for the mind and body, and can enhance relationships, build self-esteem and self-worth, and make you think more positively. This act of internal engagement allows you to connect with a higher power and gives you peace of mind and soul. Feeling at ease with your inner being makes you happier and more satisfied with your life as it is today, and gives you hope for the future.

7. Develop a positive mindset. 

We all have that mental chatter deep within, and it can either be negative or positive. Learning how to develop and maintain positive chatter within the mind and keeping a positive outlook on all aspects of your life can make you much happier. This is a process that does take time and practice to develop; fortunately there are resources available via professional counseling, self-help books, and online resources to help you adopt a mindset of positivity.

8. Be appreciative. 

Think about all of the wonderful things in your life, as well as all of the wonderful people who are connected to those wonderful things that make you happy. Being thankful for others and what they do for you is important. This act of being thankful toward others and being thankful for what you have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have, can make you a happier person.

Happy people also are generally content with their own lives. They feel that life is worthwhile and meaningful, and they understand that, yes, there are times in which sadness or anger will occur; however, on the average they are at peace with themselves. Finding time to work on yourself can be very much worth it, and over time, you will see your happiness flourish!

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Beth Hedrick

Beth Hedrick is a wife, mother of two sons, and a teacher in a small town along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She enjoys teaching, and has been a teacher for 22 years. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family, freelance writing, and, of course, her Basset Hound, Lenny.

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