6 Steps To Be Happier Now

6 Steps to a Better Attitude

 

I am not sure why some of us are optimists and some of us are pessimists. Are we born this way or is it our life circumstances? Probably a little of both. I do believe some people are naturally Tiggers and others are Eeyores. Tiggers bounce through life not focusing on the sad stuff. They are very busy accomplishing a million things with a half-full glass attitude. Eeyores are more cautious, move a little more slowly trying to avoid the bad stuff as much as possible. I know that I am by nature an Eeyore. Many say an “Old Soul”. I’m totally ok with that. I am married to a Tigger! He bounces all over enough for the both of us. I like a slow, steady pace. I like a plan. I like the organization. What I did start to notice a long time ago, it that I DON’T want to FOCUS on the BAD stuff. I believe caution is a good thing. I don’t, however, want to be pessimistic about everything. I want to encourage not discourage my loved ones and strangers alike. I know many of you are thinking,  “It’s hard to be positive in a world like this.” Here are a few ways that I have found to increase my joy even when my natural tendency is to not do so.

 

1.) Create a Gratitude Journal

 

Every day, write three new things you are grateful for.

 

Focus on the POSITIVE.

 

Why? Gratitude changes our attitude.  If we are filled with negativity, jealousy, and a bad attitude, it will hold us back from reaching our goals. A bad attitude can lead to depression. When we are feeling bad, we are very unlikely to be motivated to change anything in our lives. By asking ourselves every day, what we are grateful for, we can’t help but be transformed in our minds and in our hearts.

 

2.) Get A Happy Light!!

They are actually called sunlight therapy lamps, but they can increase your happiness. Years ago a doctor suggested this for me, especially in the fall and winter months. Because there is less sunshine, you may find you are a little more down this time of year. You probably have less energy. Many people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Sitting by this lamp for about a 1/2 hour a day can make a huge difference in how you feel. I like to use mine while reading my Bible in the morning. It really has made a big difference for me.

3.) Let The Sunshine in

Be sure to open all your blinds and curtains in the morning. By having natural light, it helps your natural melatonin. Your body begins to follow the natural flow of morning, noon and evening. This all can lead to a better nights sleep. Shedding light on the darkness always is going to make us feel a little better about things. (Even the bad things)

4.) Give up the news!!!

So many people are paralyzed in fear because they are addicted to the news. I don’t care which camp it is. What your political views are. The news is will spend an hour scaring the heck out of you and throw a 30 sec feel good in at the end. Give me a break. We have quit LIVING and seeing the good in others. A lot of it has to do with the negative images and stories that are repeated over and over again. It’s just depressing. Give it up for a week and I know you will feel more optimistic. You will begin to see that most people are decent human beings. You can’t do anything about the big stuff anyway. 

5.) Make a Happy Playlist!

Remember a time in your life when you always had some music playing? Play some music.  Play it LOUD! Happy music. Not depressing music. Music makes us feel emotions. If you want to feel happier… make a playlist. Put every song on it that relates you to good memories. We all have good and bad memories, let’s FOCUS on the GOOD ones. 

Rock on!

6.) Essential oils.

I know essential oils are trendy right now. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. Our household has used them for close to twenty. Friends and family have always commented on how good our house smells. The truth is I change up the oils seasonally. We need more uplifting scents in the fall and especially the winter. I never use artificially scented plug-ins, candles or sprays. The chemicals in them are linked to too many diseases. We use natural essential oil candles, sprays and drops into diffusers.

These are some of my favorites, click here…

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