As you begin packing away winter clothes and start to shift into spring cleaning mode, it’s important to also take some time to reflect on what improvements can be made for your overall well-being. It’s easy to say you want to have a happier life, but often finding the best way to commit to that goal can be pretty challenging. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a few tips on how to be happier.
- Focus on the big picture – The best way to improve your happiness is to keep things in perspective and envision your long term goals. Anyone can get lost in the day-to-day routine, commuting to and from work preoccupied with budgets and accounting. Happy people, however, don’t lose perspective in the midst of everyday life. Keeping a positive, goal-oriented mindset will help you stay afloat when minor problems pop up, especially if those problems aren’t likely to impact your long-term plans.
- Don’t give in to comparisons – Would you ever walk into a gym and compare your workout to someone else’s? You probably don’t think twice when comparing your social media statistics to those of the people around you, but measuring your accomplishments this way is just as unrealistic as making comparisons at the gym. Many of us can slip into the “I’ll never be able to do that” mindset, which in turn can prevent us from trying at all. Life isn’t about comparing yourself to other people; it’s about comparing your past achievements to your current ones. If you’re doing better today than you were yesterday or last week, you’re making progress. That’s a success that should be acknowledged and celebrated.
- Keep your work/life balance in check – There are always going to be times that you need to stay late at work to wrap up a project or put in extra time on the weekends for a major initiative. It happens, but if you’re constantly pouring all of your time and energy into work, it might be smart to reconsider your work/life balance. Time spent doing an activity you enjoy or simply seeing friends and family will definitely boost your mood and may even boost your productivity once you get back into the office. Keep a balance between your work and social life and you will feel more balanced overall.
- Let go – This point goes hand-in-hand with focusing on the big picture. In order to be happier, let go of resentment, anger, and disappointments. Everyday challenges are presented to us in many forms – issues with projects, paperwork, customers/colleagues, losing a big deal, and more. Holding onto frustrations only sets you back further from happiness. You don’t have to forget, but in a lot of situations, it’s best to forgive and move forward.
- Seek out positivity – The flowers are blooming, the skies are increasingly blue, and it’s getting warmer every day. Surround yourself with positivity, good people and good thoughts, and you will quickly become a happier person. Avoid starting a conversation with a complainer – misery loves company, and giving in to negativity only breeds more negativity. Don’t go down that path; instead, think of all the amazing things happening in your life. Once you’re focused on the positives of the world around you, happiness will come naturally.