Today is International Happiness Day and I know the perfect person to talk about happy to you today! i have been friends with Leslieanne for years and she is full of positivity! Here are her brilliant ways to get your happy on!
We all have those days.
Y’know, the ones where you just find yourself in a bit of a grump for no real reason and it’s a struggle to shake it off.
Never fear. Here are five fast (and free!) ways to help get your happy on and hit the reset button on your day…
Embrace your inner Diva
Turn on your go-to happy tune (I highly recommend Amy Winehouse’s version of Valerie if you’re stuck), whack up the volume and sing along at the top of your lungs. Wooden spoons/hairbrushes/stray storm trooper figures are all perfectly acceptable makeshift microphones if you really want to get in the zone. Dancing is obviously very much encouraged too.
Fill up on fresh air
Don’t panic, I’m absolutely not about to launch into the ol’ exercise = happy hormones spiel (I’m really not!), I’m talking about sitting outside with a cuppa and gazing at the sky for a few minutes. Or closing your eyes and listening to the birds. Or strolling to the corner shop for a packet of biscuits. (technically, not free; but always a good idea.) Fresh air really is magical – especially if being cooped up indoors has contributed to your grump in the first place.
Count your blessings
Practicing gratitude is one of the best favours you can do for yourself in terms of boosting your happiness. It’s as simple as taking a minute out of your day to grab a pen and a notebook and write down three things you’re grateful for. Any three things. Big things like your gorgeous family, little things like finding a favourite earring you thought you’d lost down the back of the sofa. Scribble down three things, every day, and before you know it you’ll have a wonderful back catalogue of goodness to look back on whenever you need to turn a frown upside down.
Cherish your memories
I’m not talking about hauling down the box of photo albums from on top of your wardrobe (unless you want to, because it’s always a good way to kill a few hours), but we’re talking five minute fixes, so grab your phone and trawl through your camera roll of good memories, or jump on Instagram and scroll as far back through your timeline as your thumb will take you. Enjoy reminiscing about the moments that made you smile and you’ll be grinning contentedly even if the day you’re currently stuck in is less Insta-worthy!
Make someone else smile
I’m a great believer that happiness is contagious, and it also has a sort of ripple effect, in that making someone else smile, makes yourself happy in the process. If you’ve ever bought a homeless person a cuppa or left some extra money in a vending machine, you know that warm and fuzzy feeling I’m talking about. So take a few minutes to pop a little ‘just because’ card in the post to a friend, or text a buddy you’ve not seen in a while to let them know you’re thinking of them, even just tell another mum on the school run her hair looks great today. A kind word can completely lift a person’s day – and knowing that might just lift yours too.
What are your favourite ways to shake of the grumps and get your happy head on?