10 Ideas to Make You Happier – Every Single Day
Hug your loved ones. Hugs are great for our mental health and for the people who care about you as well. If you have a spouse, room-mate, live at home with your parents and/or siblings –hug them more. If you live alone, but have a dog or any other animal, hug it more. It’s said that to get those awesome endorphins going we need to hug for at least seven seconds. Do count in your head to not creep out the recipient.
We all need to practice self-care. No surprise there. Sometimes we’re great at it and it makes us feel so very good. Other times we forget it and only realize it when it affects our mood. And let me tell you, that’s not a good feeling.
When we practice self-care, we’re happier, have more energy and sleep better. At least I know I do.
Practicing self-care doesn’t have to be difficult or take up too much time, either. Which is great for those with super-busy schedules.
Here are my favorite, small and not too time-consuming, self-care tips:
Ever felt the need for a website specialized in how many privacy infringing functions a website uses? Or watching every single plane that is in the air at any given moment? Perhaps you have wondered if there is such website that tells you if two different materials can be glued together?
We all have felt at one time or another that making new friends, or even maintaining friendships, can be a bit overwhelming. But with just a little bit of effort, planning and by stepping out of our comfort zones, we can more easily make new friends and maintain the ones we have.
But how do we actually make friends?
Yes, this is the end. The end of 2020. What a year it has been. Unlike many other articles out there, this is one where focus will be on the good things that happened throughout the year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of all the bad this year brought us. I just think there are enough articles about that, and that perhaps you, my dear reader, could use some positivity to end this year with.
Here are some good things that happened in 2020:
It’s that time of the year! Either you get sparkles in your eyes from all the glitter and lights, or you get moody from all the “musts”. Whatever you feel about Christmas, we could all use some cheering up right about now, so let me present to you some fun facts about Christmas!
Did you just read “The Benefits of Growing Your Own Plants”? Well, if you enjoyed that one, let me present to you some of the easiest, low-maintenance plants to have at home. We all need something to brighten our mood – especially now during the darker months here in the north!
Are you one of those people who just love to see plants grow? Yeah, me too. I just love growing my own vegetables and I do a tiny happy dance every time they start to grow, or get ridiculously excited when I get to taste the first carrot of the season. Since the temperature can go below freezing in Sweden, most people grow their vegetables in the spring, summer or fall. There is always the option to grow smaller vegetables indoors during the winter, but not all plants are fond of the lack of sunshine at that time. If you haven’t grown anything yet, then by all means, try it! Whether you are lucky and live in one of those places where it’s possible to have a year-round garden, or you live somewhere that it’s only possible in the summer, just go for it. There are several benefits of having plants:
All of us have likely encountered articles with suggestions of changing bad habits and which healthy ones we should adapt. One of those healthy habits that often can be overlooked is reading books. Who wouldn’t like to snuggle up with a cozy blanket, hot cup of coffee or your favorite tea and a nice, good […]
Everybody is talking about it and everybody wants it. But what exactly is happiness?
Happiness is subjective, which means that what makes you happy wouldn’t necessarily make someone else happy. It is about feeling that life is good and meaningful.
Here are some facts about happiness:
As you may know from my last post, I promised I would follow up with a second list of my favorite TV-series to binge. So, let’s get drinking and binging!
I’m a big fan of books. No surprise there. But once you have read all the books in your bookshelf (or re-read the best ones 10 times) you can find yourself contemplating how to pass your time. Especially if you are at home feeling sick, stuck in quarantine or just too exhausted to lift a finger. Perhaps there is no sunset to watch, you’re stuck in bad weather or it’s too cold to go outside and do stuff.
Allow me to present to you: Five Awesome TV-Series to Binge! Yup, these are some of my favorites, and yes, I bet that there are probably at least one that you’ll be fond of, too (different genres included here – I’m not a crazy person).
Have you ever been really tired, but unable to fall asleep? Or maybe you have awakened several times during the night, even though you still feel exhausted and really, truly, need those extra hours before getting up? Well, I certainly have. And it sucks.
Here’s a checklist to help you sleep better:
How often do you recognize the small things in life that bring you joy?
Maybe you find happiness in that tiny plant you bought a few weeks ago which suddenly seem to have grown inches, maybe it’s the smell of your freshly brewed coffee or that joke your co-worker recently told, which put a smile on your face in the midst of a boring work-task.
It can be difficult to recognize the tiny, happy moments in life when being focused on “the big picture”, always trying to do better, work faster, being more productive or exploring yourself and the world.
I know it may sound silly to some, but learning to appreciate the smaller joys in life will have a bigger effect on your mind and well-being than you might have thought.
Isn’t it nice when we are being understood and understand what others are saying?
Good communication is important, but sometimes it can be difficult. Communication is not only about talking; it is about listening, body language and voice tones.
Communication can make or break relationships, seal or destroy business deals and either make or break careers. So let’s dig a bit deeper into how we can improve our communication skills during difficult conversations.
All of us know how important motivation is to get things done. We need to feel motivated to complete certain tasks we might otherwise put on hold. We might push uninspiring work-related tasks until last minute and when we do it, it is because we could lose our jobs otherwise.
Sometimes motivation seems to be too far away to reach, other times we are so motivated that we even end up in a so-called flow. Flow happens when we do things effortlessly and without realizing how long time we have spent immersed in it. We simply lose track of time.
When it comes to motivation, it is important to remember that it is not always so easy to motivate ourselves (or others) and the things that are easy to do in practice isn’t necessarily the most effective way.
Most of us have probably at some point (or many) been hurt by someone by their actions or words. Maybe you were betrayed by a partner, maybe a family member did something hurtful or perhaps you were subjected to verbal abuse. Anger or resentment from these experiences are normal, maybe you even thought about how to get your revenge. I know I have. The bitterness or thoughts of vengeance are, however, not helpful.
What are your thoughts on your body? Is the first thing that comes to mind that you like it? Or even love your body?
A poor body image can affect someone in many ways, like work performances, in relationships and even in your overall life. Many times people have specific parts of their bodies that they don’t like, it can be something “small”, like their lips or nose. Or it can be the legs, arms or tummy.
Anyway, the point is not to talk too much about the bad side of this subject. I want to give you ideas on how to get a better body image.
Here are my ideas to feel better about your body:
What is meditation? You have probably heard of it before but let’s dig into what exactly it is and why it’s such a good idea to do it on a daily basis. Meditation is about training your mind in awareness and attention. It’s about being in control of your thoughts and reactions. In the long run, it will decrease depression, anxiety and increase your brain’s alpha waves, which are associated with relaxation. Therefore, meditation is an excellent stress-reliever, think more clearly and actually train your brain. So what are the effects of meditation?
Remind yourself of the last time you felt truly grateful for something. Was it about a person in your life, being able to run or the kind gesture of a stranger?
Being grateful for something can come in many different shapes and forms. Gratitude is the emotion you express for something you appreciate having or getting. It’s about recognizing the value of something without its monetary worth. It can be described as a spontaneously feeling or an affirmation of goodness, it starts with noticing the good in your life.
Most of us have now experienced the toll that social distancing has taken on our minds. Although you feel like you would really, really love to get out and visit your friends and family, that may not be realistic and safe. In my previous blog post I wrote about not going insane and you may recognize some of my ideas from that post, but let me present to you a longer, more varied list to help you stay sane. So if you’re stuck at home, here is a list of things you can do in the meantime:
We all know that having positive experiences feels good. Maybe you have even heard that three positive emotional experiences counteract one negative emotional experience? Well, that may not exactly be true, but we do need positive experiences to flourish.
I know most of you are in some way affected by this Corona crisis. Many of you are living in quarantine and being isolated. Even if you’re not, you’re probably staying away from meeting up with friends and family for a while. So what can you do during this crazy time to stay sane?
Here are some ideas:
So it’s that time of year. Once again, in the northern parts of the globe the days are short and dark. Hours of actually recognizing that warm, blinding light from our nearest star are fewer and your body’s lack of vitamin D makes you question all of your life’s decisions that made you end up in this part of the world.
Even though a move to a warmer, sunnier latitude seems like the most sensible decision, there are a few things you can do to make this time of the year more bearable.
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