If you are tired of being unhappy or want to be happier than you are now, here are six things you can do right now that will make you happier.
#1 - Get Moving
Go outside and go for a walk or ride a bicycle. Get fresh air and sunlight. Go where there are people. Get out of your head.
Unhappy people tend to be sedentary and stay indoors. They watch TV or sleep a lot. They sit around and think about how unhappy they are and how their lives suck. Don’t fall into the isolation trap. Get up, get out, and get moving.
#2 - Be Grateful for What You Have
It’s hard to be unhappy when you have a grateful heart. Regardless of how little or how much you have, there is always someone with less. Some people are homeless. Some people are confined to a wheelchair. Some people don’t have enough to eat. Some people don’t have clean water. Some people are dying.
We live in the most affluent society in history, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in our lives and lose perspective. Be grateful for whatever you have and what you don’t have will become less important.
#3 - Help Someone in Need
There are people in need all around you. We don’t see them because they make us feel guilty, but they are there. Help them. Donate to a food shelf, raise money for a charity, mow a neighbor’s lawn, volunteer at a non-profit, read to children, or buy someone a meal. Giving makes us feel good about ourselves while helping someone in need. Give generously and you will be surprised how much better you feel.
#4 - Remove Negativity from Your Life
Everyone has a friend who is a constantly complaining about something ... a family member who is very critical … or an unhappy co-worker. A person, place, or thing that makes them feel bad.
Take care of yourself by getting rid of them. They probably won’t change and they are bringing you down. Walk away or spend less time around them. Happiness is contagious and so is negativity. Surround yourself with happy, positive people and your outlook will change dramatically.
#5 – Look Good and You Will Feel Good
We all like to look nice. It feels good and is empowering. People complement us. We look in the mirror and like what we see.
Make a point to look good or dress up. Cut or style your hair, shine your shoes, put on makeup, wear a tie, or iron your shirt. You don’t need new clothes, just make sure you try to look good in what you have. Respect yourself and you will feel great.
#6 - Fake It Until You Make It
It’s a cliché, but it works. Attitude and outlook are strong components of a happy life, but changing them takes practice. Act happy even when you aren’t. Put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step every day and over time they will become comfortable and authentic.
There are a lot of factors that influence your level of happiness, some complex like jobs and relationships, and some simple like those listed above. These quick-fixes won’t solve all your problems, but they are a good start to a happier life. Happiness is an inside job and cannot be achieved through external sources.
Try these six simple measures for a month and see what happens. You have nothing to lose but your unhappiness.