December 3, 2020

3 Tips to Be Happy

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Happiness is something many people have a hard time with. Especially as days become shorter and the weather becomes increasingly dreary, seasonal depression can become a real problem. However, there are three simple things you can do to become and stay happy, even on the darkest of days.

Be Kind
It may seem obvious, but being kind to others is a simple way to increase your own happiness. By doing something for someone else you are putting them first which, in turn, makes you feel better. Being kind can even have a ripple effect and, if others see you do something kind, they may feel empowered to follow suit.

Be Open
Be open to change and trying new things. A simple tip is to go for a walk and try a new restaurant or ice cream shop. If that thought makes you nervous, start smaller. Maybe begin by walking down the block and just breathing fresh air, or instead of sitting inside at your favorite restaurant, ask to be seated outside. When people are stuck in the same routine day after day, small changes can help them see the world in a different way. If you can open your eyes and do something enjoyable, but slightly different than your normal, it might be surprisingly fun.

Be Grateful
Sometimes, it can be hard to see the good things in your life. However, there are always things to be grateful for. Whether that is something as small as being able to read or as big as owning your own house, carve out some time to acknowledge the good in your life. By focusing on the positive things, you will eventually train your brain to see the world in a happier light.

Although this year has been difficult, there are still ways to be happy. If you can focus on increasing your awareness of yourself, others, and the world around you, you are well on your way to living a happier life.

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