Ahhh, spring! For many of us, it’s time to start planting. But gardens aren’t the only thing we grow. You can also sow the seeds of happiness. It’s easier than you might think.
Studies show that some simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall.
Three key habits to try to keep are –
- Practice being grateful. Make it a point to regularly count your blessings — large and small, from a friend who helped you during a difficult time to the food on your table every night
• Keep a gratitude journal and write down the good things that happen to you.
• Find something positive in negative situations. Ask yourself: Did I discover new strengths?
- Connect with others. Nurture your relationships by spending quality time with people you care about. Loving friends and family are a huge source of happiness in our lives.
• Offer sincere praise. Think of the things you admire about the people closest to you — and tell them.
• Surround yourself with happy people. Since good moods are contagious, make it a point to seek out happy folks.
- Help others and live a life with meaning. Volunteer for an organization you believe in. People who help those in need and give back to their communities tend to be happier than those who stay on the sidelines.
• Look for ways to be more giving. This can be as simple as letting somebody else get that close parking space or smiling at a co-worker who’s having a rough day.
• Play to your strengths. The happiest people build their lives around activities that allow them to usetheir strengths, whether that’s a talent like singing or a love of learning.
HelpGuide.org, “Cultivating Happiness Five Tips to Get More Satisfaction and Joy Out of Life”, (accessed Jan. 12, 2018);
Mental Health America, “31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health”, (accessed January 12, 2018), available at mentalhealthamerica.net.