It is something that we work towards, and when we are unable to attain our version of ‘happy’ it leaves us feeling empty and lethargic.
It can even affect our levels of health and if we are under a lot of stress and pressure. This, added to the strain of personal circumstances not only results in the absence of happiness, (unhappiness), but can also lead to depression and other mental health issues.
Yet happiness is such a personal and abstract thing that that it means that there is no one size fits all solution to creating happiness or having happiness in our lives.
However, science has proven that there are some ways that we can help boost our levels of certain natural elements in our bodies (namely endorphins), and this can help us to lift our moods naturally and push us in the right direction to attaining happiness.
1. Exercise more: It might seem silly, everyone says it, however, exercising is a great way to boost endorphins in the brain, as well as keeping fit and healthy. Not only does it make you happier and boost your mood, it can also help you to feel more energetic, thus boosting your mood so that you can get more done, challenge yourself and push forward!
2. Get outside: Nature has an amazing affect on our brains and sometimes we are unable to appreciate exactly how much. Simply being around nature can be calming, promotes inner peace and wellbeing and can even help clear your mind.
3. Fit in five chuckles a day: Laughter is the best type of medicine and the more that you laugh, the happier you become. It’s an odd one, as generally if you’re laughing there is something stimulating that laughter and happiness, but it’s important to do the things that you enjoy and take pleasure in them.
4. Re-discover an old passion: Sometimes we forget to do the things that we love, we get too busy and push the things that we love to the sidelines. However, we need to put ourselves first sometimes and stop letting our passions go unfuelled.
What boosts your mood? We’d love to know!