Simple Ways To Find Happiness

How often do you measure your happiness? The Happiness Skills Quiz measures your “happiness skills” or habits.

Don’t worry about your score. Your ability to learn new ways of thinking and doing is constant.

5 Simple Ways to Find Happiness

1. Express Gratefulness

Being grateful of what you have right now automatically brings you into the present. It allows you to get past the dissatisfaction of wanting a bigger house or a better relationship or a better job and experience what you have right now.

Keeping a gratitude journal is one way of reflecting on what you are grateful for everyday. I personally use the OK FINE, I’M GREATFUL journal.

2. Get to Know Yourself

True happiness is being faithful to your true nature. The better you know yourself-what you love, what inspires you, what you are made of-the happier you will be.

3. Give to Others

Do one kind thing to be kind, helpful, giving to a person, an animal or the planet. Giving back to others, makes you happy. When we give, endorphins are released in our brain, giving us a natural high. When participating in giving our brain also increases your serotonin- commonly known as the “happy hormone”. Source: Jacqueline Way TED Talk.

4. Foster Friendship

There are few better antidotes to unhappiness than close friendships with people who care about you, says David G. Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness. One Australian study found that people over 70 who had the strongest network of friends lived much longer.

“Sadly, our increasingly individualistic society suffers from impoverished social connections, which some psychologists believe is a cause of today’s epidemic levels of depression,” Myers writes. “The social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times.

5. Be Present

Being present means living in the moment. It means appreciating everything happening in the here and now, no matter how bad or good it might be. Without having to worry about the past or fret over the future, being present is one of the most incredibly-simple ways to be happy right now.

All you need to do is live in this very moment — to train your mind to be highly acute and aware of what’s happening right now. It’s about feeling the air rushing in and out of your lungs, the blood pulsating through your heart, the wind as it whips nearby or the sound of birds singing.

There is so much happening at any given moment, and the beauty and miracle of life is unfolding all around us that we must stop to just appreciate it. When we do, we remove ourselves from fear and anxiety, decreasing our stress and worries.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years working in Community mental Health. I currently Supervise the Behavioral Health Benefit for an insurance company. I speak publicly on issues that affect mental health in the workplace.

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