We've all had one of those moments in life where it seems as though things just couldn’t get any worse. In them, it's important to stay focused on the positive. Otherwise, the negative can completely consume you. Here are a few little things that can go a long way for your happiness when done consistently:
1.) Do A Good Deed
Giving back always feels good. Whether you partake in a 5k for charity, volunteer an hour of your time at a soup kitchen, or donate food or cloths to people who need them. When you give back, you put someone else’s happiness above your own. As a result, you feel happy that you were able to positively impact another life.
2.) Spend Time Outside
So many of us are cooped up in offices working our lives away that we don’t really realize how being inside affects our mood. During your lunch break or between meetings, try to get outside and walk for a few minutes. Fresh air clears the mind and leaves you in a better mood.
3.) Reflect on the Positive
At night, before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened that day. This is a great way to focus on the positive, no matter how big or small. That way, before you go to sleep, your mind is left thinking about the good parts of your day. This could even improve how you sleep at night.
4.) Practice Yoga
Yoga focuses on breathing control and getting in touch with your own body.
Yoga helps the brain to produce more of the chemical GABA, according to an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a chemical that regulates nerve activity. It can impact mood and anxiety.