Everyone wants to be happy, but it can be hard to know how to get there! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to boost your mood and decrease stress in order to make your life more satisfying and enjoyable. This guide will explain how you can live a happier life so that you’re more positive and confident than ever before!
Surround yourself with positive people
It’s hard to be around negative people if you’re trying to be positive. I was once at a party with my husband, Josh, when one of his friends walked in. Within minutes of seeing each other, they were bickering about something petty. No matter what happens in life, Josh told me afterward, there are always going to be people who can’t get along. The important thing is not to waste your time—or theirs—with negative people.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Unless you’re dead, you’re never going to be as cool, rich or good-looking as all your friends. Stop thinking about what other people have or are doing, or how many awards they’ve won for Best Football Player Ever! You probably don’t even like football. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, appreciate all that you do—especially if it comes in quantities you find sufficient. In fact, studies show that those who rank high on gratitude scales tend to experience less stress, anxiety and depression than their discontented counterparts.
Embrace your differences
The best way to combat stress is by remaining active and engaged in healthy activities. One of the most effective ways to do that is through trial-and-error—or, as scientists like to call it, exploration. Researchers have found that trial-and-error exploration activates an area of your brain called hippocampus, which increases serotonin levels in your body. Low serotonin levels can cause stress and anxiety, so activating them can actually lower symptoms of depression—especially when you try new things every day. By trying something new every day (even if it’s just walking down a new street or giving up one unhealthy habit), you allow yourself space for improvement, prevent burnout and discover how capable you really are.
Try something new every day
Rather than focusing on what might go wrong when you try something new, focus on all of the wonderful things that could happen. For example, say you want to start making your own bread. If you think about how it’s going to turn out badly because of how unskilled you are at cooking or how it’s going to take up valuable time that could be spent doing something else, then your brain will put up more mental blocks for yourself. Instead, reframe these same thoughts into positive ones. Maybe it’ll be fun cooking with fresh ingredients from scratch or maybe you’ll enjoy spending more time in your kitchen since there’s less cleanup involved.