How You Can Quickly Enjoy More Happiness: 7 Positive Tips

By Nancy F. Clark

Do you want to become happier? Do you think that life’s current situations do not allow that? I want you to know that becoming happier is possible and I’m going to give you seven ways to accomplish this.

1) Do You Want To Start With A Major Jump?

You may think, “I’ll be happier when I have a better place to live, or when I have a newer car.” but these thoughts are delaying your happiness. If you make the decision, “I have decided to become happier now.” you’ve taken a major happiness jump! 

2) Grab A Piece Of Paper

Now on this blank piece of paper I want you to write 3 things that you’ve been grateful for in the last 24 hours. You may be tempted to use a device rather than a piece of paper, but that would actually be less effective. Research has shown when you write by hand it uses an additional part of your brain. Record the details of why each thing made you grateful and add the emotions you felt.  

3) How To Handle A Problem

When you’re faced with a problem that needs your intervention, what should you do? You may be thinking about an affirmation, such as, “I can fix it! I can fix it!” The problem with this is that your negative little self-talking fairy may be saying, “Remember that time when you failed?” 

Instead, research has shown that saying, “Can I fix it?” opens creative avenues in your brain, sometimes allowing you to find multiple solutions. So begin handling your problems in this Albert Einstein way. You’re creatively solving problems and reducing the stress they incurred. 

4) It’s A Positive—Not A Waste Of Time

Laughing has been shown to reduce those stress hormones—cortisol. Yes, serious scientists have shown us that. Get those cortisol levels down. Even when we smile, our cardiovascular system calms down. Laughter also relaxes your muscles—sometimes for as long as 45 minutes. The Mayo Clinic adds that laughter strengthens your immune system. That’s why I say laughter is not a waste of time. 

5) 5 Ways To Use Your Attention

It’s important to increase your focus on positive situations if you want to increase your happiness level. Here’s a fun exercise to do right now. Think of one of your positive situations recently. Now look at it trying to use each of your 5 senses, if possible, one at a time. This is savoring. Professor Fred Bryant’s research on this topic shows that it helps people immensely. 

Here are some of the other ways he recommends you can try savoring:

  • Take a mental photograph
  • Congratulate yourself
  • Sharpen your sensory perceptions
  • Remind yourself how quickly time flies
  • Share your good feelings with others

6) Connect And Reconnect

And following along with Fred Bryant’s recommendation, “Share your good feelings with others.” think of someone you haven’t connected with for quite a while. Give them a call—reconnect with them and savor how easily you can resume right where the two of you left off. And don’t forget about the everyday people in your life. What can you do for them?

7) Are Your Conversations Reinforcing Negativity?

In doing research for my positivity book, I talked with Professor Loretta Breuning. She has conducted research that shows our brains have a built-in negativity bias. It has developed to protect us from harm. Cortisol is the stress chemical that calls your active neurons to turn on quickly when you’re in danger. Now this is important if a lion is chasing you, but is not often necessary today. 

Negative thinking increases your stress which could lead to illness. In this way your negative conversations start letting cortisol stress your body. Focus on the way you want things to be. This can give a negative situation a different perspective.

Focusing on the positive will take your happiness level up a major notch!  

Nancy F. Clark is the author of a bestselling book, The Positive Journal: 5 Minutes A Day Toward A Happier Life. She is also the founder of PositivityDaily and curator of Forbes WomensMedia.

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