I Am Happy Now (13 ways to remain happy)

I am happy now, you can be too. You just need to know certain things before you can live your life to the fullest. This blog post is a complete guide to help you be happy right at this moment instead of waiting for the perfect time to be happy. You deserve to be happy and there’s nothing that can stop you because happiness comes from within. 

Ways to be happy now

We can be happy right now by doing these 15 things:

1. Gratitude

2. Giving back to the society

3. Spend your day laughing

4. Choose people who add value to your life

5. Disconnect and take some me time

6. Do what you love

7. Find your purpose

8. Exercise

9. Meditate

10. Sleep nine to seven hours

11. Declutter

12. Don’t Gossip

13. Acceptance 

14. Forgiveness

15. Not Assuming and Not Taking Things Personally

How can we be happy now?

Most of us feel like we’ll be happy when we find our dream job, or an ideal partner, or a perfect cozy house in which we’ll live with our family. And amidst fulfilling the requirements to achieve all of this we forget that we are not happy right now. We wait for the right things to come in our lives to be happy. But what if I tell you that you can be happy right now even if you haven’t reached your goals, how would you feel? So here are some ways you can be happy now in the present

Gratitude

Being consciously aware of what you’re thankful for can actually change your level of happiness. When you wake up each morning, spend time recalling all the things for which you feel grateful. Before you go to bed, you can keep a gratitude journal. Write down 3 to 5 things that you felt grateful for that day and why. Use all five senses to imagine these things vividly in order to help you brain latch on to all that goodness.

Giving back to Society

Perform a random act of kindness. There is a range of research linking generosity to better health. fMRI technology, shows that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex. Giving back is truly a win-win. The recipient benefits, and you feel better knowing you’ve positively impacted someone’s life. Consider donating to a cause you’re passionate about, volunteering at the local soup kitchen or giving up your seat. The best part? Kindness is contagious. By giving, you’ll be taken care of, too. You see it from those with very little to those who have millions: you have to give to get, and by doing that, your happiness increases.

Spend your day Laughing 

When you laugh, you release happy hormones called oxytocin and endorphins. These are hormones that uplift us as we share experiences with others. Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place. It is thought that the fact that laughter releases these hormones in order to promote social bonding, so try getting together with friends for a good dose of laughter, as well as increased social connection. These are things that make you happy.

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Choose people who add value to your life

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously asserted that you are the average of the top five percent of the people with whom you spend the most time. So, find the most positive, engaging people with whom to interact. This easy switch will motivate your level of happiness, sense of achievement and could even open new doors in your professional or personal life. Think about how good you feel after grabbing lunch with an old friend, having a home-cooked meal with your partner, or hiking with your kids. There is nothing quite like it. So, aim to schedule face time (not FaceTime) with a loved one at least three times a week.

 For those new to an area or wanting to expand their network, you can find dozens of groups online, from book clubs and sports teams to foodies. You’ll instantly and easily connect with people who share your interests and hobbies! By spending time with people you like and love, you forge supportive relationships that help people feel better during times of stress.

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Disconnect and take some me time

It’s easy to tune out on Instagram and Snapchat during downtime, but research shows that too much social media use can be harmful to your mental health. Instead, use that 15 minutes productively by reading the news, playing a brain-boosting game or listening to a fun, or thought-provoking podcast. You’ll take true joy from the activity and, at the same time, become a better version of yourself without changing a thing. 

Recharge yourself by going out in nature. Spend some time alone, contemplate and reflect. Evaluate your beliefs and values. Use this time to do more of the things that make you happy, such as a favorite hobby, exercise, or simple relaxation. Even just sitting in the sun or listening to your favorite song can improve your life satisfaction in the short term.

Do what you Love

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do what you love, and the money will follow?” Doing things that you love to do–and even better, getting paid for it–are good ways to boost your levels of happiness. When work feels like play, you’re more likely to enjoy other aspects of your life more, too.

Find your Purpose

People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? It might be our religious faith, being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.

According to recent studies, lacking a sense of purpose can be detrimental to your health (as I found the hard way).

One international study found that that people who have a sense of purpose in life are at lower risk of death and heart disease. Why? Researchers found that those who feel purpose often have healthier lifestyles. They are more motivated and resilient, which protects them from stress and burnout.

Researchers also found that while individuals from the U.S. defined “purpose” as akin to “usefulness to others”, those from Japan were powered by a deeper, more expansive interpretation of happiness. They refer to this as ikigai 

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Exercise

Among the things that make you happy, few are as well researched as exercise. When you take time out for exercise, you’re doing your body good in more ways than one.

First, you’re doing what it was designed to do: physical exertion. Humans were made to move around, and the body works best when it does what it was meant to do.

Furthermore, as you exercise, you release a ton of feel-good hormones. These hormones can help increase happiness levels, as well as lower stress.

One study found that “Exercisers were more satisfied with their life and happier than non-exercisers at all ages”. And the good news is that it takes as little as 30 minutes to gain the amazing benefits of exercise.

You can achieve positive changes in just a few minutes — researchers at the University of Vermont found that just 20 minutes of exercise can give you mood-boosting benefits for up to 12 hours. Moreover, people who are active are happier and more satisfied with their lives.

Meditate

This one is huge. Meditating for five to ten minutes upon waking is simple and has immediate benefits including heightened inner clarity and focus for the rest of the day. Starting your day with meditation also sets positive intention, allowing you to detach from habitual thought barriers and keep you in the moment. Studies also show that meditation helps prevent stress and anxiety, thus squashing frustrations that limit your ability to tackle your goals. These five techniques will help you discover the meditation style perfect for you.

Sleep nine to seven hours

Getting enough sleep is critical to having a happy, productive day as the alternative can lead to reduced alertness and logic and general health issues such as obesity and a lesser ability to maintain healthy relationships. Try taking a warm shower just before hitting the sheets, getting your phone out of sight, or trying the reverse psychology method. If the insomnia still won’t quit, then try one of these other science-backed methods. Research has shown that simply getting enough sleep “improves memory, increases people’s ability to concentrate, strengthens the immune system and decreases people’s risk of being killed in accidents”

Declutter 

Many of us fill our homes and office spaces with things we think we need. The truth is accumulating stuff ultimately harms your mental, emotional, and physiological well-being. The good news is reversing these effects is as simple as clearing the clutter! By spending a few minutes at a time removing the items collecting dust, your mood and happiness will effectively improve. And it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Simply commit to one area at a time—perhaps your desk space or closet. And instead of tossing everything in the trash, donate items to a local cause. When you’re not running around looking for items you can’t find, and when everything has its place, you’ll automatically be less stressed and in a better mental state.

Don’t gossip

Partaking in gossip may feel like a positive and perhaps necessary release, but it only causes stress and unhappiness. Plus, when was the last time gossip helped anything? Next time you have the urge to complain about a friend or co-worker, pause for ten seconds, and shift that negative dialogue to one of positivity. Search instead for something genuinely nice to say about the person. If you simply cannot, say something nice about a different colleague, or discuss the weather—if it’s pleasant. Just steer the focus away from the negative!

Acceptance

This is definitely easier said than done, but if you can condition your mind to focus on the good that you are doing and the good things in your life, you’re not going to be tempted to focus on how others are doing. Research on the effects of social media use has found that upward comparisons on social media are associated with lower self-esteem.

No-one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides. Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong, increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.

Forgiveness

Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we are excusing the person that has hurt us of their mistakes but that we are willing to let go of our feeling of resentment towards them. To be able to forgive is to be able to let go of all resent and grudges that filled us up and make space for kindness, self-love, and happiness.

Forgiveness is not something that we do for someone else’s sake; it is for our own happiness and inner peace. Many times there are also situations where we commit dreadful mistakes that harm us, and during that, we start feeling anger and resent towards our own self. These negative feelings are not only harmful to our emotional health but also our mental well-being.

Not Assuming and Not Taking Things Personally

It is better, wiser and healthier to learn not to take anything personally.

Learning how to stop taking things personally requires some effort and time on your part. You can learn to change your attitude and learn to react differently. This becomes possible with a certain degree of emotional detachment.

Taking things too personally and too seriously, makes life difficult, and often brings unhappiness and suffering. When you take things too personally, you make yourself more vulnerable to hurt feelings, anger, frustration and unhappiness. Taking things too personally is like placing a heavy load on your back.

Conclusion

I am happy now, you can be too. You just needed to know certain things before you could live your life to the fullest. This blog post was a complete guide to help you be happy right at this moment instead of waiting for the perfect time to be happy. You deserve to be happy and there’s nothing that can stop you because happiness comes from within. If you have any questions or comments related to this article feel free to reach out to us at any time.

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Professional counselling

If you are suffering from depression then ongoing professional counselling could be your ideal first point of call. Counselling will utilize theories such as Cognitive behavioural therapy which will help you live a more fulfilling life.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s): How to be happy right now?

What is the easiest way to be happy?

The easiest way to be happy is taking a good night’s sleep, meditating, exercising and eating healthy foods.

How do u know if ur happy?

To know if you’re truly happy, you’ll feel that you’re content with whatever you have. Even if things aren’t going the way you planned, you’re still okay with that because you accept it and believe that things will unfold the way they want to, You’ll have to be patient and trust the process and be grateful for whatever you have right now.

What is the key to a happy life?

The key to live a happy life is having meaningful relationships. Because we all have the need to belong and be loved, so having people who care for you and accept you for who you are increases your happiness.

What are the 4 levels of happiness?

The 4 levels of happiness are pleasure, passion, purpose and the ultimate good.

Why Happiness is the key to success?

When we’re happy it brings out the best in us, so in order to perform good we need to be happy. That is how we can enjoy what we’re doing and hence increases our chances of success.

Citation

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/14-things-proven-make-you-happy.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/radical-sabbatical/201707/13-easy-ways-be-happy-every-day

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys-to-happier-living/be-comfortable-with-who-you-are/details

https://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/inner-peace/stop-taking-things-too-personally/

https://medium.com/better-humans/the-japanese-concept-ikigai-is-a-formula-for-happiness-and-meaning-8e497e5afa99

https://feeljoy.medium.com/forgiveness-the-key-to-a-happier-future-915521c95f4a

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