Sunday, 22 March 2015

30 Simple Ways to Boost Your Happiness


Bad days. We all go through them, some more often than not. One of the most important things to remember is that sadness is only temporary. If you wake up on a Monday morning expecting it to be terrible because of that oh so typical Monday morning stereotype, then there's a good chance it will be just that. What if, just what if, we woke up on a Monday morning thinking, hey, this might actually be a good day! Surrounding yourself with positivity can do wonders for your health, happiness, confidence and relationships. Sometimes, it's the simple things in life that can give us a more optimistic outlook and realise that it isn't all that bad. Here are a few simple things that can snap us out of those rotten moods and boost our happiness.


CHANGE UP YOUR DIET
Your diet can play a huge part on how you feel mentally and physically on a daily basis. Fruit and vegetables are your friends! How about a sweet, refreshing smoothie?

DISCOVER NEW MUSIC
Finding new artists to listen to always puts me in a wonderful mood. I recently discovered Troye Sivan's music - I am so late to the party but his music is beautiful! In a similar fashion, rediscover old music! Dig out that old Fall Out Boy album and surprise yourself as you sing along to every word just like you did five years ago.

BUY SOMETHING
We all know retail therapy works wonders in lifting our moods. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant - buy yourself a new lipstick, new shoes, a pretty piece of décor - something that makes you smile!

CLEAN YOUR SPACE
Whether it be the desk you work at, your bedroom, your whole house - it gives you something to do to distract yourself and also de-clutters your environment. You know what they say, a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind!

ANGRY AT SOMEONE? WRITE THEM A LETTER
But don't send it. Vent out all of your feelings, say whatever you like, hold nothing back. Once you're done, you'll feel better for it. Then burn it. That way, no is hurt, and you'll be more calm and collected for a more civil, meaningful confrontation.

READ A BOOK
Set a few hours aside and delve into a completely different world. There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book.

BINGE WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW
Whether you're a Breaking Bad fan, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl - the list goes on - take a day with your duvet on your sofa and binge watch your favourite TV show. Get lost in all of your favourite storylines and characters to take yourself away for a few hours.

GO FOR A WALK
Walks are such a great way to destress. Whether it be on your own listening to a playlist, with a friend or with your pet. Not only is it great for exercise but the fresh air will clear your mind.

PLAN A FUTURE LUNCH DATE
Haven't seen a close friend in a while? Reach out and plan a lunch date! It'll give you both something to look forward to!

BOOK A HOLIDAY OR A WEEKEND AWAY
Nothing is more exciting than booking a holiday or a simple weekend away. Book your favourite destination or take a risk and go somewhere you've never been! Also, it'll give you a chance to spend quality time with someone you may not always get to spend quality time with. Adam and I are going to London for a weekend in two weeks and I'm counting down the hours  - I can't wait.

STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
Stop comparing yourself to everyone around you. Whether it be in relation to your looks, your job, your studies, your blog - just stop. In the (surprisingly) wise words of Kanye West, "Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you." You do you. Stop worrying about everyone else!

TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY
Whether it be learning how to play guitar, learning a new language, taking up painting, experimenting with photography - go for it! Always been interested in blogging but never had the confidence to start? Just do it! I felt that way for so long before I started this blog and in my eyes I just wasted a lot of time where I could have been doing something I now have an unrelenting passion for. You never know where a hobby could take you!

ORGANISE YOURSELF
It's surprising how good it feels to just simply organise. Even something as simple as your Pinterest boards - it's extremely satisfying!

HAVE A BOARD GAME NIGHT WITH FRIENDS
Gather a group of friends together and dig out a good old board game. It's something different than the usual weekend spent drinking and suffering a hangover into the next week. Let out your competitive streak and have a laugh.

HAVE SOME QUIET TIME TO YOURSELF
You may not always realise it, but having even a few hours to yourself can be so therapeutic. Sometimes you just need that quiet time away from everything to simply de-stress.

WATCH A DISNEY FILM
This is pretty self explanatory. Who doesn't smile when they watch a Disney film? I personally recommend Big Hero 6. If you haven't yet seen it already, trust me.

EXERCISE
Even if it's just for half an hour, exercising releases endorphins that interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce the perception of pain. They trigger a positive feeling throughout your whole body. You'll be surprised at how damn good you feel afterwards!

TAKE A LONG, HOT BUBBLE BATH
Get yourself a Lush bubble bar and bath bomb, stick on a soothing playlist to compliment the mood and relax. There is nothing more therapeutic than a bubble bath. Made even better when turned into a full pamper session. Get that face mask on!

GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A FEW HOURS
Stop scrolling through the Instagram of that girl you constantly compare yourself to. Stop worrying about all of the dramas people are posting about on Facebook. Actually talk to people, face to face!

GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
I can't even stress how important it is to get a full sleep. You'll wake up in the morning feeling so refreshed and re-energised. Everything that you have to face that day won't seem so scary anymore. Sleep deprivation can be so damaging to your health in so many ways.

BAKE AND LISTEN TO THAT SONG FROM MATILDA WHILST YOU DO SO
Baking is so theraputic and can help take your mind off your stresses. Plus, you'll have delicious sweet treats to gorge on or give to someone!

WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFIT
Go to your wardrobe, pick out the outfit you always look incredible in and work it.

DO YOUR MAKE-UP
When I'm feeling down about my appearance I'll make a little more effort with my make-up. I'll use my favourite products and it instantly boosts my confidence and my mood.

GET YOUR HAIR DONE
Whether it be a simple cut, a blowdry, a whole new style or a whole new colour. Get it done professionally and treat yourself. There ain't nothing better than getting your hair washed at a salon and feeling like Beyoncé afterwards.

SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICAL (OR ALBUM)
Les Misérables is my favourite muscial and singing along to the soundtrack makes me feel so empowered (One Day More and Do You Hear the People Sing...) and also just makes me laugh at myself because I'm completely tone deaf. But hey, sing your heart out!

WATCH SACCONEJOLYS
Seriously. If you don't already watch their videos, you need to fix that. Their videos will always instantly put a smile on my face.

GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT
Food never fails to make me happy. Grab a few friends and get your favourite bite to eat.

SET YOURSELF GOALS
If you're finding yourself stuck in a rut, instead of just dwelling on it and making yourself feel worse, set yourself goals to aspire to make things better. You're not in the best place right now, but where do you see yourself in a few months, a few years even?

TALK TO SOMEONE
Whether it be a family member, a close friend, or your partner - talking to someone when you're feeling down is so important. Don't deal with it all on your own, vent it out to someone, have a good cry. You'll feel so much better when you've stopped bottling it up and they will either be there to listen or offer advice.

BE THANKFUL
Sometimes we get so caught up in the throws of life, always wanting something bigger and better, that we actually forget about what we do have. There are so many people in this world that have nothing, yet strive to keep on living. Count your blessings and be thankful if you have money in your pocket or even a roof over your head. Things could always be worse.

What are your favourite ways to cheer yourself up? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!


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8 comments

  1. Aww, what a lovely post! When I'm feeling down, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who is always there for me <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you! Ah those are excellent choices! :-)

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  2. Aw this is such a lovely post, I always seem to use the cheering up excuse to buying myself new clothes and makeup, it does work though aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you love! Haha, don't worry, I think we're all guilty of that! It definitely works!

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  3. I love posts like this - it's always good to reflect on things that can make you happy when you're feeling down! Going to my favourite restaurant ALWAYS puts a smile on my face - as does watching a Disney film! Also having breakfast in bed and a lie in :)

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

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    1. Definitely! Thinking of the positives always helps. Having a lie in is probably one of the best to be honest, should have added that in! Haha x

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  4. Today is just one of those days. I'm debating between buying something and baking. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I hope you're feeling a little brighter today, love :-)

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