1. Drink More Tea
*Black and Green Tea have a combination of an amino acid called L-theanine and caffeine that stimulate the brain and give us a shot of energy without causing that nervous, jittery feeling that coffee often gives.
*L-theanine also helps produce dopamine and serotonin which give us that feel-good feeling.
*We have heard it all before, but regardless, I am going to remind us all!
The thing is, even if we don’t feel the need to lose weight or get fit, exercise still makes us happier. One can exercise, literally see no physical change, and still feel better. Why? Because just like Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” ;)
3. Surround Yourself with Happy People
*Ok. This one is crucial. Yes, you want to be there for your friends who are having a rough time…of course! But, if you note that you tend to hangout with the debbie downer crowd who always manages to be overly critical, gossips a lot, and generally is always seeing the negative things in people, situations, etc.., eventually you have to ask yourself, “Do I like the person I become when I am with these people?” Take it from me personally, as I went through this. Hangout with people who see the good in others and life in general. They will help you to have a better and more positive outlook.
4. Take Time to Meditate or Self Reflect
*This is a tough one for me because unlike most Californians these day, I think yoga and meditation is about as exciting as watching the grass grow. And before anyone gets their panties in a ruffle, I’ve tried yoga and meditation countless times; it’s just not my thing. However, I know that there are other people like me out there….so what we have to do is find a way to self reflect in a manner which works for us personally. I have found that I can easily self-reflect in the car. Yes, that may seem strange….but it just works for me. I put on some relaxing music and just relax and think. Anyhow, self-reflection gives us time to really sort through those questions that have lingered in our minds. The more they linger, the more unnecessary stress they cause.
5. Adopt a “Bounce Back” Mentality
*In other words, when you fall down, don’t just throw a pity party. Instead, tell yourself, “You know what?! I’m a badass. I only get one life and I’m not going to let anything or anyone get in the way of me living it happily.” Yeah ok. I know it sounds a bit goofy to say that to yourself, but honestly, if you tell yourself negative things, you will believe them. Positive thinking is the way to go.
6. Take Time to Be Selfish
*Unfortunately, the majority of people in our world don’t do what they absolutely love as their way of making income. While the two are not mutually exclusive, It is very difficult to make a living from one’s passion. This is why you often get people answer the “What do you do?” question with “Well, I’m a receptionist, but I love to write” or “I’m a waitress, but I love acting.” So, does this mean that if you are not making money from your passion that you should stop doing it? HELL NO! Doing what you love is good for your soul, as well as our society. We need more passionate people in this world! I don’t care if your passion is collecting shells, rolling in dirt, or paint ball shooting; take time to be selfish and go out and do it! It will make you feel more fulfilled and as a result you will be happier around those you love as well.
7. Spend Less Time on Social Media
Sure, some of you may disagree with me on this one and although I think that being active on social media is crucial these days for marketing one’s business, sometimes we just need to get off it. It can easily lead to distraction and more importantly, it’s not really living. It’s almost like an imaginary world. It’s our lives the way we want them to be viewed by others… a distortion of reality. Remember that. So take some time to just unwire and focus on the world in front of you and not the world that exists on only a screen
8) Rid Yourself of Clutter
Remember that often times, less is more. Take time to edit your life. By “edit” I mean take time to ask yourself “Do I really need this? Does it add to my home? Is that new car we just bought really adding to my life or is it just causing financial and emotional stress?”
Clutter actually affects our mood and self-esteem. More importantly, think of the freedom that comes with living more simply. Less payments. Less cleaning. More space. Less stress.
9) Don’t Overanlazye Things
Ok. Ok. I know I said to take time to self reflect, but this doesn’t mean you should overanalyze things, especially not the past. If a certain event or situation already happened, it’s already history. Don’t think about what you should have said or done. It’s just wasted energy. Instead focus on what you can do NOW. Furthermore, if you have a certain idea you have thought about developing, just do it. Sure, take some time to think about it, but don’t overthink it or you will find every excuse in the book not to carry your idea out. Life is meant to be explored. We aren’t meant to live in a cage and making mistakes is what allows us to learn and grow. So don’t prevent yourself from making a change because you are worried about messing up. Only those who take great risks can achieve great things.
10. Get Enough Sleep
People underestimate how much of a difference a good night’s sleep makes. In high school, I barely slept. I averaged about 5 to 6 hours at night and let me tell you, I always felt like crap. I was pretty much a walking zombie everyday. I didn’t really absorb what the teachers were lecturing about and I would have to basically re-teach myself everything at home. I also had the lowest self-esteem I’ve probably ever had.
There is actually a study that shows that sleep deprivation affects the amygdala less than it affects the hippocampus, meaning that people who get less sleep are able to have no problems remembering sad memories, but have a tough time recalling happy memories. So please, learn from my mistake and don’t live life in zombie mode. Get a full 8 hours of rest. You’ll be sharper and more productive.
Hope these 10 tips help you all to live a happier, brighter life!