When we are happy, we’re more resilient to stress, make better decisions, and we’re more enjoyable to be around
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 try to smile in the meantime.
Download your favourite song for whenever you need to boost your mood. Research shows upbeat music improves your mood almost instantly.
Blaming others and holding resentment only makes you the victim. Move on and forgive, not for anyone else’s benefit, but for yours.
Take a step back
Not all situations need a reaction. Take time to respond, and don’t act in the heat of the moment when emotions are running high.
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 learning to say no.
Have something to look forward to
Find something you enjoy and arrange it. Go to a new restaurant or visit an old friend. Spend your money on experiences, not things.
If you smile, you trick your mind by behaving how you would if you were happy. In turn, you start to feel happy.
Wear colourful clothes
Paint your nails or buy some flowers. Bring colour into your life and notice it lighten up your mood.
Detox from social media
Happier people use social media less. Work on building strong relationships as the real-life connections will, in the long term, make you happier than online friendships.
Discover what makes you feel alive and do it as much as you can.