5 Ways to Be Happier

Published on 9 May 2022 at 09:00

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We all want to be happier, but sometimes we sacrifice what makes us happy now for what makes other people happy now, or what MIGHT make us happy later. We’ve compiled our top  favorite tips to “be happier” and why they work. *Note there are certain complex clinical problems that need to be addressed by a licensed professional. If you find yourself feeling sad, angry, or unhappy for a prolonged period of time, please reach out to your nearest licensed professional.

 

  1. Getting things done makes us happy. Having too many things to do makes us sad, or overwhelmed. Instead of writing out a million and one things to do, pick three things that you’ve been putting off. Set a timer for 5 minutes and an alarm for 30 minutes. Once that first timer goes off after 5 minutes, you can stop or continue. Often, getting started is the hardest part. After 30 minutes, take a break, notice what you’ve accomplished, and set an intention to finish at a specific time. Getting things done naturally gives us a feeling of accomplishment, and a nice dopamine rush. 
  2. Get rid of some stuff. Specifically “some stuff” being the things on your to-do list that aren’t very important and aren’t very fulfilling to you. Delegating tasks shouldn’t be a hard thing to do, but sometimes asking for help is the last thing we WANT to do. If you don’t like asking for help, frame it in a way that benefits you and the person you’re asking. For example “you’re so much better than me at writing emails, could you prep all the outgoing emails for next month?” (Just, let them have the win, even if you don’t necessarily believe they are better than you at that specific task)
  3. Who are the top five most important and fun people in your life? Who makes you feel happier after a conversation? Call or text them, I’m sure they won’t mind. Share something new that happened to you during the week or the day. We’ve spent a really long time avoiding people during the pandemic, so taking time out of your day to call someone important to you will probably make them happier too!
  4. Watch a movie. From start to finish. It can be any genre you want, just finish the entire movie. 
  5. Say no to everything for one day (responsibly). This includes saying no to yourself. This doesn’t mean spending the day sitting on the couch doing nothing (unless that makes you happy). Instead of going to that dinner you didn’t want to go to in the first place, tell them you’re going to order in and reschedule. It’s okay to put yourself first. 

 

What makes you feel better when you’re feeling down? Comment below!







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