When we are happy, we’re more resilient to stress, make better decisions, and are more enjoyable to be around. Naturally then, we shouldn’t allow certain people or situations to make us feel anything less than a ray of sunshine!
Top hypnotherapist Fiona Lamb is here to make us happier than a kid in a candy shop with the below 10 tips.
1. Choose happiness
Each day, tell yourself that you are going to choose to be happy. Rainy days don’t last, and the sun will always come back out so just try to keep smiling in the meantime.
2. Happy song
Download your favourite song so it’s on hand for whenever you need to boost your mood. Research has shown that upbeat music improves your mood almost instantly. Sing like nobody is watching!
3. Stop blaming
Blaming others and holding resentment only makes you the victim. Move on and forgive, not for anyone else’s benefit, but for yours. Change those feelings of pain to power and notice the shift!
4. Take a step back
Not all situations need a reaction. Sometimes just slowing everything down is the best thing you can do. Take time to respond; don’t act instantly in the heat of the moment when your emotions are running high.
5. Stop people pleasing
Let go of the need for other people’s approval and start doing what you want to do. The easiest way to do this is by simply learning to say no. Trying to please everyone is exhausting.
6. Have something to look forward to
Find something you enjoy and arrange it; it could be as simple as going to a new restaurant or visiting a long‑time friend. If you have to choose, spend your money on experiences not tangible things.
If you smile, you trick your mind by behaving how you would if you were happy. In turn, you start to feel happy! To kick off your day on the right foot, smile when you first wake up to start your day off with positive feelings.
Ever noticed that unhappy people wear black all the time? Wear colourful clothes, paint your nails brightly or buy some flowers. Bring colour into your life and notice it lighten up your mood. How could anyone be sad in a bright yellow jumper?
9. Social media detox
Social media is highly addictive, but like all things, moderation is key. It’s been proven that happier people use social media less. Work on building strong relationships as the real‑life connection will, in the long term, make you happier.
10. Find fulfilment
Find what makes you feel alive and do it as much as you can. Not only will you benefit but everyone around you will too as you’ll be a happier person.