How to have a happy day? 10 Motivational tips
The desire to be happy is innate in all of us. We all want to enjoy happy days.
For one reason or another, our days aren’t always happy. And it seems that all it takes to turn a potentially good day into a bad one is just one small incident.
For example, I remember an occasion last year when I woke up 20 minutes late by accident. Instead of following my usual morning routine before work, I had to race through everything. By the time I reached the office, I was stressed and unprepared. The bad start set the tone for the rest of the day. It was very unpleasant!
Happier days can easily be achieved, though. Here are 10 motivational tips to help you out:
Move Closer To Work
The biggest obstacle to many peoples’ daily happiness is the morning commute to work. For some of us who live a bit too far away from work, the commute really can take its toll. Before we’ve even arrived at work, we’re in a sour mood – usually because of horrendous traffic.
If your morning commute frustrates the heck out of you, there is a simple solution on paper – move closer to work. I know there are probably many variables involved here, such as finances, but if it’s possible for you to move, I would seriously suggest that you consider it.
Give Yourself Something To Look Forward To
Whenever people ask me to list the things that make me happy, I always write down “something to look forward to.”
And now that I’ve highlighted it here, I bet you feel the same way, too.
Make sure you’ve got something to look forward to at the end of each day.
You simply cannot have a happier day if you walk around with a frown all the time. If your outlook is negative, your day will be negative.
The biggest obstacle to happiness is your mindset. Once you start to be more positive, you will find that your days are happier.
It sounds simply, but guess what? It is!
Be an optimist. Expect joy and laughter. It will come. Your reality will transform along with your outlook.
Wake Up Earlier
They say that the early bird catches the worm. This is very true. And because it catches the worm, it’s always chirpier than the one who doesn’t catch the worm.
Waking up earlier in the morning has many advantages. For a start, it means you can take things easier because you’ve got plenty of time on your hands. You don’t have to rush around like a nutter!
Secondly, it also means you’ve got more time to work on your tasks. Instead of everything piling up towards the end of the day as the deadlines loom, you’re chilling because you’ve given yourself plenty of time to get everything done.
And thirdly, waking up earlier gives you a psychological edge. While everyone else is still snoring in bed, you’re already taking on the world. You’re ahead of your peers. It’s an exciting feeling.
Seek Experiences, Not Possessions
Where a lot of us go wrong is we look for possessions to fulfil our days as opposed to experiences. Are you guilty of this? I know I used to be.
It’s much better to seek out an experience than to rely on the material things that we buy when it comes to happiness. See your friends more often. Escape from the city for a few days. Go to galleries and look at things. Don’t rely all the time on your next purchase to give you happiness.
Read Motivational Quotes
I like to read motivational quotes each day because they inspire me to greatness. You should try it, too. Whenever you’re feeling a bit down, a motivational quote can easily lift your spirits. Here are a few examples:
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
– Sam Levenson
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
– Og Mandino
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
– Ralph Marston
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney
In our relentless pursuit to have everything that other people have, we lose sight of all the great things we have going in our lives that should be making us happy.
Be grateful for what you already have. You might not realise it, but all the equipment you need to have a happier day is already within your reach. It’s yours, especially your health.
There are fewer sayings in life that are truer than “you are what you eat.”
Ultimately, we think that eating a hamburger or gorging on popcorn will make us happy. After all, we’ve always associated eating junk food as kids with happiness, right? Sugary treats are one of life’s greatest pleasures.
However, junk food is linked to depression. Over the long term, the bad fats in junk foods begin to fester in your brain, inhibiting the release of so-called happy chemicals and hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin.
Don’t make sugary, fatty food your go-to meal when you’ve had a bad day. Always start and end the day with lots of nutrients. Eat more fruit and veg.
Watch/Listen/Read Something Inspiring
What is it that inspires you the most? Is it a piece of art? A movie? A song?
Find what it is that inspires you to be happy and double down on it. Make it an essential part of your daily life to always include it in your routine somehow. If films make you smile and inspire you to be the best you can be, watch a film each day. Likewise music or art or whatever it is that you know makes you feel good inside.
Be More Energetic
I love to watch energetic people, whether it’s in real life or on YouTube. People brimming with energy are infectious. You can’t watch an energetic person and not suddenly feel like you want to get up and do something yourself.
And energy is important for a happier day. Without it, you’re left feeling tired, unproductive and listless. You don’t want to do anything because you don’t have the energy for it. So it makes a lot of sense to find new sources of energy.
Aerobic exercise is a good way to get your body pumped with more energy, but an even easier way is to eat more fruit, which is basically energy on tap.