Let’s be honest, happiness isn’t always easy. It’s is an emotion like fear, pride, embarrassment, worry, delight, and anger. Emotions are always changing because they are generated through and impacted by our senses: see, smell, taste, touch, hear. They aren’t consistent nor are they very reliable. But, happiness is an essential element to being successful in life, work, family, and business. When you are in a good mood, you are more likely to pursue the passions and objectives that will lead to greater happiness.
To aid in your pursuit of happiness and success, I’ve gathered a list of some proven ways to generate the emotion of happiness throughout your day.
See – Bright colors like yellow, lilac, and orange are known for turning frowns upside down. Pull all your bright colors to the front of your closet or invest in a few bright pieces to carry happiness with you throughout the day. If wearing color isn’t your thing, consider a bright accessory like iPhone cover, wallet, or handbag to do the job.
Smell – Scents of peppermint, lemon, and cinnamon are known to increase positive feelings. I use a peppermint lotion at night and put lemon in my tea in the morning to keep a smile on my face. I’ve found cinnamon on top of sweet potatoes has also been a great smile maker.
Taste – Citrus is a powerful energy stimulate for the mind and body. Eating fruits and natural fruit juices can be beneficial. If you want less of a sugar-high, go for a slice of orange in your water or lemon zest on your salad.
Touch – In one study, objects with soft (like a cat or fluffy pillow) and smooth (like a silky blouse or taut leather) textures created a sense of calmness for a focus group. This is one reason why people love petting pets, the sensation last longer than the actual petting.
Hear – I have a playlist called “Happy” that includes tracks from artists like Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Group 1 Crew, Casting Crowns, and Frou Frou. I try to listen to it in the mornings to set the tone of my day.
In addition to stimulating the senses, here are a few actions you can take to increase endorphins (‘happy juice’) running through your body.
Get in the Sun –Vitamin D from sunlight have been known to increase happiness. Be sure to wear sunscreen!
Give Thanks – Practicing gratitude mentally, verbally, and visually can have a lasting effect. I keep a journal of “What I’m Happy For” that keeps growing and growing. I read it when I’m in downer moods for a fast reminder of how good life can be.
Dance – Especially if you’re all by yourself, let loose and whip your hair back and forth. I promise, you’ll thank me.
Exercise – Don’t underestimate the power of sweat. Exercise releases endorphins, increases confidence, and creates community with others that are looking for a good sweat. Go get yours!
The next time you are feeling down, try one of these strategies for a quick pick-me-up. Get happy, your success depends on it.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013