Here’s how to have a happier day…

20 April 2017 by
First published: 13 March 2016

Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up in a good mood every morning, stay like that for the whole day and influence others to be in a good mood too?

Aristotle said: ‘Happiness depends on ourselves.’ Which is completely true, every action has a consequence and to be happy you have to do things that make you happy.

Many of us don’t take the time to appreciate the fact we can be happy every day, and it is not even that hard, all you have to do is develop little habits.

So, seize the day. Here’s how to have a happier day…  

Start your day with a positive thought

There are a lot of books, websites and apps that will give you a positive thought for the day to uplift you, so you can start your day happy.

Thinking positive early in the morning will help you get through the rest of the day. And when you are finding something difficult or are getting stressed out by something, repeat that positive thought in your head.

If you are struggling to think positive, just remember this little gem from Audrey Hepburn: “nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

Can you think of a better way of starting your day than believing ‘nothing is impossible’?

Meditate to stay calm

Meditating can have so many positive benefits – it can make you healthier, happier and if you meditate first thing in the morning, it can have a positive impact on the rest of your day.

Try it out for yourself! We‘ve put together the basic steps of meditating to get you started.

Sit somewhere comfortable and sit upright.

Close your eyes, or if you prefer rest your gaze lightly on the floor. Keep a slight smile on your face.

Breathe deeply in and out. Try and calm your mind. You will have thoughts come in, but just acknowledge them and let them flow out again.

Repeat a mantra either silently or out loud to stay focused. Try: ‘I am breathing in, I am breathing out.’

When you feel ready, move your fingers and toes, wiggling them slightly. Don’t rush, take another few deep breaths and take note of how relaxed you are.

Have a good breakfast

Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast will help you to eat a balanced diet for the rest of the day. Overnight your body is fasting, so first thing in the morning you need to give your body some fuel. You wouldn’t expect your car to run on an empty tank, so you shouldn’t expect your body to either.

People who don’t eat breakfast tend to be grumpier because food can affect your mood, so have something to eat and feel great.

Give someone a compliment

Mark Twain has been quoted saying: ‘I can last two months on a good compliment.’

While the above may not be the case for everybody, you could make someone’s day by giving them a compliment. Even if it is just a polite: ‘I like your nails’ to someone in the office. You’ll make someone feel good about themselves and you will feel good in return.

Write down three good things about your day

Find a notepad you really like, be it flowery, glittery, or just your favourite colour, and every night just before you go to sleep write the date and three good things that have happened in your day.

It could be that you put some money in a charity pot, finished all of your work or met up with a friend after work. It really could be anything that has made you feel good throughout the day. Be thankful and grateful for all of the positives in your day and most importantly: be happy!