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7 ways to increase your happiness

smilingThe days are getting shorter which means the colder weather is on its way! To avoid getting the Autumn/Winter blues, we’ve found seven things for you to smile about and help increase your happiness. It works. See? 😀

1. Get planning

Thinking positively about your future does wonders for lifting your mood – especially if what’s going on in the present or past is pulling you down. Start plotting and planning that trip overseas, your career change or an activity/hobby you would like to take up. Research as much as you can and create yourself a step-by-step action plan for how you are going to achieve it (and start to follow through!)

2. Clear your mind

Regular daily meditation can help give you better mental clarity and help you to de-stress. If you’re not used to meditating, find a quiet spot and either sit or lie down on the floor in a position that’s comfortable for you. It could be on your back, sitting cross legged or similar. Slow down your breathing and concentrate on creating nice big even breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Aim for 5-10 minutes; practice makes perfect so if it feels odd the first few times, don’t give up! If the silence is too much, put on some soothing music in the background.

3. Give yourself a pat on the back

Special rewards can help provide motivation and make you feel like you’re not being deprived of things you would like. Think about something you really want – not a need, a WANT! – and start saving for it. It could be a new item of jewellery, a gorgeous pair of shoes, a holiday away, a new car… Start researching, start saving, and treat yourself!

4. Get your body moving

Exercising boosts your endorphins – hormones that make you happy. If you can’t brave the cold/rain/wind/darkness outside, put on an exercise DVD or head to your gym for a workout to get your blood pumping and increase your endorphin levels.

5. Get socialising

If you’re in a dull mood by yourself, the quickest way to pull you out of that rut is to socialise with someone else (internet chat and video calls don’t count! We mean real face-to-face human contact!). Arrange a catchup with friends or family and try to surround yourself with people who give off a happy ‘vibe’. Happy and energetic moods are infectious!

6. Make time for yourself

It can be easy to say ‘yes’ to everyone who asks you to do something, but making a habit of it can leave you feeling drained of energy and with little time for yourself. Assess what’s most important for you and if you’re feeling your schedule is getting to hectic, it’s time to say ‘no’ to a few things!

7. Laugh every day

Exercise isn’t the only activity that boosts endorphins; laughing does it too! Whether it’s having a chat to someone who makes you laugh, watching a funny movie or seeing a comedy show, find something that will help make you laugh each day and you’ll feel happier in no time.

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