Have you ever had one of those days where you just wish you could discover how to be happy with yourself? Maybe you tried to shift your state of mind to something better but struggled to achieve it.
Sometimes you get stuck in your own ‘stinking thinking’ and forget how to find happiness in yourself.
Well, it can be really easy to change your mind, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood that many people have found useful and some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a walk.
Most folk know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. If you can, go into a natural environment with flowers, trees and birds. What will you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the bird sounds, or the sunlight shining through the tree foliage.
2. Listen to some quality music.
Music creates magical effects. It can shift the listeners state within moments. Why not dig out that album you haven’t listened to in ages or why not tune your radio to something you’ve never listened to before?
3. Think of others less fortunate.
All of the great spiritual teachers of the ages have taught that one of the keys to finding happiness within yourself is to think and act kindly to others.
The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than many people on this planet! What if you were to imagine being in space looking down on the amazing beautiful Earth, noticing all the oceans and lands with the clouds above…
And then thinking about the fact that there are many human beings that are starving, homeless, sick and in lots of pain.
Allow your compassion for them to grow.
4. Read something radical!
How many different types of magazines can you get these days?! Have you ever waltzed into a big newsagents and just browsed through the magazine racks? It’s incredible. Why not buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. You never know you may discover something wonderful!
5. Laughing at laughter.
One of the best known, and possibly oldest methods, for how to make yourself happy is the power of laughter. Have you ever had the experience when you just laugh for no good reason? Isn’t it great! Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Can’t think of anything funny? Try grinning at yourself insanely in the mirror and notice how difficult it becomes to control your giggle muscles!
6. Simple breathing meditation.
A great exercise that you can do anywhere is a simple breathing meditation. No need to dress in orange robes. Simply find yourself in a comfortable sitting position with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That’s it! Do this for 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised how you feel afterwards.
7. Doodling just for fun!
Remember when you were young and you used to doodle with crayons for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures, why not adults? So get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw – doodle away until your state of mind shifts. Also why not try using your other hand?
So there you go. Seven simple ways for how to become happy with yourself. Which one are you going to pick and do now: Get happy in an instant!