1. Lend a hand.
Sometimes the best recipe for happy lies in taking the focus off yourself. Instead of worrying about what others do or don’t do for you, shift your efforts to what you can do for others. You’ll notice a big improvement in your mood if you make it your mission to do something nice for someone every day. If you really want to make a change, go above and beyond performing a daily nicety and schedule time to volunteer in your community.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) September 28, 2015
2. Be busy.
“The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” – William Feather
A 2010 study on keeping busy shows that people who have something to do—even if it’s pointless—are happier than people who sit idly. The truth is, the less active you are, the more time you have to let your rut take hold. If you’re down, you may not feel up for doing much—but you’ve got to fight that! Your mood depends on it. Fill your schedule, be productive. Push yourself to make plans. Exchange idleness for activity and feel your spirits lift.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) November 3, 2015
3. Lose yourself.
Make an effort to spice up your life and do something totally out of the ordinary. Leave town for the day and go explore. Take a class on something you know nothing about but have always wanted to learn. Read a book that takes you out of your element. Pick up a random new skill and be determined to master it—it could be karate or it could be crocheting; but no matter what it is, give it your all and be proud of yourself for taking a chance on something new.
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4. Get social.
When you’re feeling low, it’s incredibly tempting to turn down plans and hole up at home—but that’s a recipe for disaster. A party of one never lifted anyone’s spirits. Get out and about with your circle and make plans with old friends and new. Get off of social media and have real-life, face-to-face conversations that spark new connections and ideas.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) December 28, 2015
5. Change your diet.
Food has the amazing ability to fight depression, ease anxiety, increase energy and reduce stress—but it can also have the opposite effect. Make sure that what you’re putting in your body is working with you, not against you. Now that the holidays are over, there’s no excuse not to eat right. And if you’re a healthy eater but still feel a slump coming on, try incorporating “happy foods” into your diet—foods actually proven to boost not only your health, but your mood as well.
6. Plan something.
Research shows that having something to look forward to makes us happy. Everyone should be able to pull out their calendar and see one or two fun things scheduled in the coming weeks. Plan a mini-vacation, even if it’s just for an afternoon. Treat yourself to something special and commit to it. Buy tickets to a concert, schedule a massage—or make any kind of plan that allows you to happily anticipate what’s to come.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) September 10, 2015
If you enjoy worrying and being in a constant state of unrest, meditation is not for you. If you’d like more peace and positivity in your life, give it a try. Meditation is an ancient relaxation technique that’s making serious waves in the scientific community. Practicing meditation can literally change the makeup of your brain for the better—making you more focused, calm and happy. The easiest way to get started is to research “guided meditations” on YouTube, find a topic that you like and hit “play”.
8. Get outside.
It’s no secret that nature restores the body and the mind. No matter how busy you are, fresh air and sunlight should be on your to-do list every single day. Research shows that time outside can not only lift your mood, it can also increase brain function, spur weight loss and reduce stress.
— Brent Palmer (@brentpalmerbiz) October 3, 2015
9. Block out the negative.
Whether you’re guilty of a glass half empty mindset or you have someone in your circle bringing you down—one of your New Year’s resolutions should be to fight negativity at all costs. Stay away from toxic people, drama queens and energy suckers. If you’re the one struggling with pessimism and getting down on yourself or your surroundings—see how long you can go without complaining about a single thing, and remember to practice #10…
It's amazing to see what happens when you cut the fake friends, social climbers, one-uppers & try-hards out of your life. #happinesshack?✂️?
— John Raser (@johnraser) June 30, 2015
10. Express gratitude.
If you’re having a hard time shaking the negative self talk and the Debbie Downer in your head just won’t shut up, try this: write down something you’re thankful for every single day. Start a gratitude journal, and either in the morning or at night, make a point to write down something you’re grateful for.
— Rowdy Gaines (@RowdyGaines) October 4, 2015
11. Be active.
Yes, the ingredient that’s on every “get happy” list known to man: exercise. Exercise is proven to lift our moods and confidence levels—it might even be the best blues-buster out there. Don’t let another year pass you by without getting into some kind of workout routine. If you’re not the type to hit the treadmill and weights, try something more involved. Sign up for yoga, kickboxing, or spinning—even a brisk walk each morning is enough to make a difference both physically and mentally.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) September 4, 2015
When you’re disorganized on the outside, it manifests as mental clutter and unhappiness on the inside. Start the year out by decluttering your home and simplifying your life. Try the KonMari method of decluttering: Consider each object or article of clothing in your home and ask yourself if the item sparks joy. If it doesn’t—get rid of it! Being happy with your surroundings starts with surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.
13. Stick to a routine.
Taking the mystery out of life can sometimes be a good thing. Try programing your days and weeks to optimize your productivity and give you a sense of security. Carve out times to workout, to prep meals, work, and even to relax. Actively and consciously building a routine for yourself will instill good habits and keep you from flailing and getting nothing done.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) November 18, 2015
14. Invest in yourself.
Investing in your personal and professional growth is probably the best venture out there. When you consistently invest in yourself, you’re setting yourself up for success both in the present moment and in the future. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to invest in yourself is my reading an educational and empowering book.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) December 16, 2015
15. Celebrate everything.
Punctuate life with celebration. You don’t need confetti, presents—or even other people to celebrate. You just need an excuse … any excuse. Celebrate a good meal, a workout, finishing the dishes, folding your laundry. Any celebration, whether big or small, is all about acknowledging the good in your life.
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16. Realize it’s up to you.
When it comes down to it, you can’t look to anyone or anything to shake the BLUs for you. You’ve got to be determined to do it yourself. Everyone deserves happiness in this life—but you have to work for it!
— LIMU® (@LIMU) December 7, 2015