HOW TO BE HAPPY IN TOUGH TIMES
Four Hacks That Will Help You to Experience Happiness Now!
We have all certainly experienced tough times in the last few years. Being happy in massive uncertainty can be challenging for most of us. It is in tough times that we have to make a choice whether we want to be happy or not. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not talking about being Pollyanna all the time. What I am saying is that we can find happiness in even the most-dire of circumstances.
Some of the greatest personal coaches have said that their clients have the ability to be happy. But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in mindset, behaviors, lifestyle choices and relationships that will alter the course to a happy life.
FOUR HACKS ON HOW YOU CAN BE HAPPY NOW
3. Meaningful Relationships
Happiness lies at the heart of fostering healthy, caring relationships with others. Forming loving and compassionate relationships with others tops other factors in being happy. Fostering close relationships with the people around you, whether that means friends, family, neighbors or work colleagues, provides a powerful source of love and support and increases feelings of self-worth.
Actively strengthening the relationships that you have with other people is an essential step towards happiness. The people who are the happiest are people who are true to themselves: they know who and what makes them happy and they exert every effort to stay in these inspiring positive environments.
You might be surprised to learn that happiness is intertwined with contributing with acts of gratitude and kindness. Helping others is a guaranteed way to boost your happiness levels and it is one of the most popular paths to happiness. A research panel in Germany carried out the world’s biggest study on happiness to find out what made people happier for a much longer period of time. The strongest association between longer lasting happiness came from positive acts towards others. Helping others was proven to provide long-term increased happiness levels on a scale that no other happiness factor could match. From helping your neighbors with their shopping, to simply remembering to say ‘thank you’ each day; the more compassionate you are, the happier you become.
Actively practicing compassion and kindness eliminates negative emotions such as anger and stress and replaces them with the positive emotion of happiness. One small act of kindness can have a greater impact on your happiness levels than a short burst of exercise. Gratitude can not only increase feelings of happiness but is also believed to increase life satisfaction. The benefits can occur almost instantly and can permanently improve your happiness if completed frequently enough for a long enough period of time. The bursts of happiness that happen as a result of the acts of kindness or gratitude can actually improve your sleep and, in some cases, can decrease the symptoms of illnesses.
IS IT GOOD TO BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME?
It is not normal to be happy all of the time. How can anyone be happy in the moment of losing a job or getting a speeding ticket. Experiencing life’s challenges with a positive possibility attitude will help you to become happier much quicker.
Partnering with a personal coach is a great strategy in helping you to train your brain to be happier more often.