So you want to know how to be happy? First of all, if you are not happy it is possible that you have a medical condition and would benefit from seeing a doctor. I am not a doctor, just someone who has battled the blues and I’m here to share what has worked for me. These are my tips on how to be happy.
If you have a hobby or activity that you enjoy, it’s important to make time in your life to do it. Everyone needs some “me time”. It can be easy to lose ourselves in our commitments to school, work, family responsibilities and other such things.
Some activities are more likely to spark happiness than others and only you can decide what works for you. Watching TV usually makes me feel lethargic but going to a movie with a friend lifts my spirits. Attending a large social function drains my energy but a cup of coffee with my sisters perks me up. You may be just the opposite.
The same goes for hobbies. Maybe you enjoy painting. Create a time and a space to pursue that hobby or whatever it is that allows you to be who you are. When you spend time doing something you love and being fully “you”, it helps make you feel happy.
Create healthy eating habits
What are you eating? For most of my life, I suffered with brain fog and obesity. It was so severe that I was convinced that my focus issues were caused by ADHD or maybe I was on the autism spectrum. I certainly had enough symptoms to have something.
After many hours of research, I concluded that my diet might have something to do with my brain fog. I already knew it was the reason for my weight problems. Most of the time, I ate whatever was convenient which included fast food, processed foods that were easy to prepare, or things that came in ready-to-eat packages. If I could eat it with my hands, that was all the better.
Experimenting with my diet changed everything! I am still learning what works best for me but so far I have concluded that sugar is my number one enemy, the main cause of my brain fog and weight issue. When I stopped eating sugar, the pounds started falling off and my head cleared. Imagine that!
Another diet related discovery was the realization that not all things made for eating are food. Many prepackaged food items contain a long list of ingredients that I cannot even pronounce. When I stick with food that comes from a farm or a garden, I feel better than I do when I eat food-like items from a package.
Spend time with people
Interacting with people does not come naturally to me; I am an introvert. Surprisingly enough, I found out that I need to at least spend some time with other humans. I have had to learn how to incorporate human interaction into my life. Now I enjoy short outings with people I care about. Sometimes I plan my walks or work in such a way that I will run into people throughout the day. Even brief conversations can boost your spirits.
Likewise, you may find that you need less time with people. If you are constantly with others, you may need to schedule time to be alone even if it’s just time to soak in the bathtub or work on a project without distractions. Figure out how much or little time you need to be around people and adjust your life accordingly.
Move your body
Taking a daily walk is one of the best things you can do for yourself. The fresh air and exercise will give you a boost and so might your surroundings. I live in an area that has several walking trails, some out in the open and well-populated and others in quiet, wooded areas. Walking in nature always rejuvenates me; I enjoy the weeds, wildflowers, and wildlife. I don’t let the rain deter me but sometimes I get wimpy if it’s very cold or muddy outside. Usually, after a day or two of being cooped up I am ready to get back outside and feel good again.
Walking may or may not be your thing but it’s important to find some way to get exercise. Exercise boosts brain chemicals that can make you feel happy and it relieves anxiety. Regular activity improves your endurance and strengthens your muscles. Physical activity aids in weight loss which may make you feel better about yourself, another plus. Your heart and lungs benefit from exercise, too, which will leave you feeling more energetic.
I cannot stress this enough. If you are not getting enough sleep, it’s time to find out why and fix the problem. After several years of sleep deprivation, I finally made some changes that enabled me to sleep better. First of all, I moved out of the finished, unheated basement into a room with heat. Next, I purchased a better bed and supportive pillows. Physical Therapy helped me to manage pain in my shoulder and legs that had been keeping me up at night. With these changes that happened over a span of about two years, I am finally sleeping most nights.
Your situation may be different. Maybe you sit up watching TV until there are not enough hours between turning lights off and your alarm ringing. Screen time too close to bedtime interrupts sleep for most people. Maybe you cannot turn your brain off. In that case, meditation may be helpful. Most sleep issues can be remedied once you determine what the problem is.
Drink Smart Coffee
There’s one more thing that you may not be aware of and that’s Smart Coffee, a nootropics-infused beverage that helps your body to promote dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. Not a coffee drinker? There’s a hot chocolate that does the same thing but without the caffeine. Many people are discovering that when they use one of the drinks with the XanthoMax supplement, they feel more energetic, lose weight, think more clearly, and feel happier. XanthoMax promotes oxytocin, the hormone of happiness.
You can read about my experience with what I call “Happy Coffee” by clicking the link below. It will also take you to a page so that you can order it if you think it may be helpful in your situation. If you order the product and are not satisfied, you can return it for a refund.
That’s what I know about how to be happy
I hope that these suggestions have helped you in some way. I would love to hear from you if you have questions or comments on how to be happy.