Happiness comes from within – from your mind, your heart and your soul. It’s ok to be sad now and then, to be honest, it makes you appreciate those moments of happiness when they come along.
Those moments like when you…
Connect with someone with your mind and body, bring family and friends together to share a celebration, holding your baby and cherishing your little creation or simple things like smiling and holding someone’s hand.
Sometimes it is the simple things that make you happy, it doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
What makes you happy?
Your friends and family, good health, pets, a healthy bank balance or the simple things in life like a smile, a great coffee and an ‘I love you’?
All of the above and more I should imagine.
What is happiness?
Happiness is a state of well-being that is normally associated with your physical and mental health. To most, it is a wonderful feeling that you want to share and want others to feel too. We get happiness from real things such as our friends and our families.
What are some of the elements that can create happiness?
In the words of Kim Kardashian…
“At the end of the day, life is about being happy being who you are, and I feel like we are so blessed to have the support system and the best family to really just support each other no matter what we’re going through.“
Let’s be realistic, not all families are happy families but there are happy families out there and they should be admired. Some people think you are a bit odd if you don’t get on with your family but that’s just the way it is and who are we to judge those people that don’t like their family? We don’t know everything that people have been through with their families, there could be some hidden dark truths that is enough to pull a family apart
We should have a goal to achieve ‘happy families’ but if you can’t, you’re not a failure
Some people can go through their whole life without a mental connection to anyone, never finding good friends or happiness. If you do find friendships and if deserved, cherish them, enjoy them and be a good friend to others. We’ve all suffered loss, heartache and pain and a lot of the times we have got through the challenges because of our family and friends. A stable network of friends can be the instigator of someone feeling happy it’s a wonderful thing.
They say if you can count five really good friends, you are blessed
Happiness can affect physical health, the emotions from happiness have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being in many scientific studies. On the flip side, great anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood pressure and negative physical effects on the body. Look after your body, it is a temple
We need sleep to function, even though most of us don’t get nearly enough sleep these days, everyone knows that sleep is important. What a lot of people don’t know or misunderstand about sleep is how important it is to our overall sense of happiness and wellbeing. It’s true… how can you be happy if you get out of the wrong side of the bed all the time because you’ve had a sleepless night? We need our beauty sleep – look at sleeping beauty for example. She had a really long sleep, woke up, found her Prince Charming and was happy forever!
Those four-legged friends, little fur balls, slithering reptiles or whatever you class as a pet can make a big difference in your health and happiness. Some pets love you unconditionally, some use you for food, some leave a mess behind and some misbehave but most of the time our pets bring us a feeling of happiness. Do you smile at your dog, do you stroke your cat while it purrs on your knee? I used to and it always gave me a sense of happiness
Is there a truly happy couple out there? It’s hard to tell and perfection in a relationship really isn’t achievable. You can get close to. A troubled marriage or toxic relationship can be as hazardous to physical health as cigarette smoking, as drug abuse or as self-harm. A good relationship is an interpersonal relationship that can involve physical or emotional intimacy, friendship, platonic love, romantic love, or sexual activity. All things that have the potential to make us happy
Do you hate your job? Does it make you dread every working day? Despite a large body of positive psychology research into the relationship between happiness and productivity, happiness at work has traditionally been seen as a potential by-product of positive outcomes at work, rather than a pathway to business success. Work can drain us, push us to our limits and sometimes doesn’t give us the time for happiness
Does more sex equal happiness? Not according to some research, it revealed that when couples doubled their sexual frequency, they reported less happiness, decreased sexual satisfaction, and reduced well-being. Potentially, bonking too much can make you unhappy – could be true…
It’s true, in most cases, we are what we eat. Are you happy with the way you look and feel? You know that if you eat a sweet snack, such as a candy bar or a sugary doughnut, you’ll get a spike of energy, soon followed by a crashing low. Sugar highs and lows are just one of the many ways food can affect how you feel. Eating habits and specific foods might help you to feel happier and more energized. Recent research has helped illuminate the role food plays in influencing your mood
- Physical appearance
In our beauty-obsessed world, where incessant dissatisfaction with appearance is considered to be ‘normal’, it can seem as though those with ‘good looks’ are the ones who have it all. Our physical appearance can play a large part in our general happiness. To be slim, tall, pretty, liked, fancied and desired are what some people may perceive as the perfect world and recipe for happiness. But is it really? Have you noticed that some of the prettiest and sexiest women can’t find happiness in a relationship?
As we age our bodies change but we can still be beautiful people. We can still make an effort with our physical appearance, we may not look how we want to look but we can still be happy
Doing sport releases happy chemicals into your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain which is necessary for feelings of happiness. The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production is exercise. So, put on your trainers, get to the gym, go for a walk, jog, dance or swim – there’s plenty of sports to choose from.
Move that body and get that rush of happiness!
- Social networking
Social media can be bad for your health and happiness. When scrolling through social streams full of other people looking ‘hopefully’ happy it can cause feelings of jealousy, disappointment, failure and sadness. There is a balance to social media and happiness, try not to become obsessed – don’t let it keep you awake at night or distract you from ‘living’. There can be lots of happiness on social media and when you do social networking but always remember, things can be misinterpreted and may not be what you think. Don’t let social media drag you down – just take a break now and then
And the list of things that affect our happiness could go on…
You may struggle because you have a mental condition, your financial situation or take medication that affects your mood. But if it’s in your power, try to be happy.
For me, happiness is about family, friends, love and trying hard. I love my family and enjoy my friends, I love ‘love’ and try hard at what I do and achieving my goals. I have times of sadness, fear, loneliness, bad health, sense of loss and failure, however, I choose to be happy whenever I can.
In fact, I annoy people with my happiness!
Wishing you all much happiness and good health. xx
** The content on this site should not be used as medical advice, we are giving our readers information and insights. If you are concerned about your health or need medical advice please see your doctor. If you are struggling with any issues please talk to someone – don’t suffer in silence. **