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How to Be Happy Everyday: Happiness Journal, Be You, Enhance, and Brighten

Hello! You’ve made it to the final tips of my How to Be Happy Everyday Series and I’ve saved the best for last! This post covers tips 7-10.

To read tips 1-3 please visit: How to Be Happy Everyday: Good Vibrations, Acceptance, and Play.

To read tips 4-6 please visit: How to Be Happy Everyday: Fix Unhappiness, Easy Goals, and Health.

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. – Taisen Deshimaru

Now that your nearing the end of your journey, start thinking about which of these tips you are going to start today! Once you make the tip a habit, come back to the series and start anew!

10 Tips on Being Happy Everyday Continued

7. Happiness-Gratitude Journal

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

I recently stumbled upon a journal I kept in the 4th grade. Excited, I flipped it open and began reading – I read a weeks worth  and then tossed it right back in the box… It was full of nothing but negativity. Everyday I wrote about why my life sucked – too much homework, Suzy didn’t like me, I had to feed the dogs everyday, etc.

No wonder I was SO miserable that year. It was a horrible mindset. Looking back I can remember so many great memories, but I didn’t choose to focus on them  – instead all my energy was spent making myself feel miserable.

Have a glass is half full kind of journal. Before going to bed at night, you can focus on what has upset you or instead concentrate on all those things you have to be thankful for. This will help you fall asleep with pleasant thoughts and wake up feeling excited and refreshed to begin the next day. If it’s a tough day – at the very least you can be thankful for your bed, your computer, and that you have a roof over your head.

Want to get started? Here’s a post I’ve written about creating a gratitude journal: Gratitude Journal as a Tool to Increase Happiness.

8. Be Yourself

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian D. Larson

To be happy you must work your hardest to be yourself! Sounds easy right? Well not so much – oftentimes you can fall into a trap of trying to “be better”. This happens a lot at work or school – it’s like you have two personalities, the one you think people will like and then the real you.

I’m telling you, that by being the real you – it’s going to be more genuine, you’ll feel ten times better – and those two outcomes will result in more people appreciating and respecting you.

Don’t be ashamed of who you are – you’re one in 7 Billion – very unique and special indeed.

Also try giving yourself a compliment every morning – for others to love you, you must love you. Look in the mirror and pick something you like about yourself. It doesn’t have to be appearance based but look at yourself as you think it. It could be your smile, your personality, something you’ve accomplished, or even something little! This will certainly boost your confidence and self-appreciation.

Relax – be you – and happiness will follow.

9. Enhance Everything

A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Anything you do can be more enjoyable. Hate doing the dishes? Add music. Hate jogging? Invite a friend.

If you are sitting at your desk doing homework or writing up your bills, why not open the window to allow some fresh air inside. Heck, even if you are busting through 8 hour long sessions of work – break it up by going on a 5 minute walk every hour on the hour – thus making it more bearable.

Have to go to a social gathering that you’re not into? Well dress up, make yourself look really good, that way you can at least enjoy feeling sexy!

Anything can be enhanced. You could try doing something right now to make your time on the computer more enjoyable – grab a coffee, load Pandora, or stare away from the eye burning screen – the possibilities are endless!

If this tip has got you pumped, you’re likely to enjoy the following post as well: How to Have Fun and Be Happy Doing Anything.

10. Look on the Bright Side

There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things. – Unknown

Just by choosing to be happy – you can be happy. Starting to look on the positive side changes the lens through which you see your life. More good things start to happen, because with the other perspective you probably just weren’t noticing them.

For example, if you lost your job that would be catastrophic (trust me I know). However, instead of spending all of your energy stressing about how horrible it is, you could look on the bright side. Maybe now you finally have an excuse to get out of a field you hated or pursue a better company. Maybe for the first time in your life, you have free time to live and do things you’ve never had time to do before (while job searching of course).

All I’m saying is for every dark side – there is a certainly a bright side – it may just be a flicker but it’s always there. Just know that whatever you focus on (dark or light) will magnify in your life!

Ready to defeat negativity? Here’s a post I’ve written to do just that: 12 Strategies to Stop Negative Thoughts.

[This is the third post of my How to Be Happy Everyday Series. To read the first post please visit: How to Be Happy Everyday: Good Vibrations, Acceptance, and Play. To read the second post please visit: How to Be Happy Everyday: Fix Unhappiness, Easy Goals, and Health.]

In Conclusion:

To begin feeling happy everyday:

1st – Keep a journal of happiness and gratitude.

2nd – Believe in yourself! Be yourself.

3rd – Do something to make everything you do today – BETTER!

4th – Be bright – See the good in every situation.

Thanks for reading, I hope your days become more joyous from this point forward.

Photos by: Fletcherjcm, Anathea Utley, MousyBoyWithGlasses, and Nick Ares

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