How to become a happy person?
With all the challenges we face every day, either in school or at work, it may be difficult to experience happiness.
The world is increasingly demanding and complicated. Our daily routine sometimes becomes toxic to our mental and physical health.
But the good news is that no matter how bad your experience may be, there’s always a room for happiness.
You can be happy if you want to. Stress is just a product of your evaluation. That is if you think that an event is stressful, it is indeed stressful.
Your mind plays a great role in how you perceive your world. If you fill it negative imaginings, you’ll not be able to appreciate the beauty around you.
So one way of attaining everlasting happiness is understanding that stress is a result of a faulty cognitive evaluation.
Once you change the way you perceive your experience, you’ll be able to achieve healthy thinking pattern.
Happiness may have different meanings to different people. Our diversity of opinions and feelings lead us to come up with a different understanding of happiness.
Nonetheless, the ways to be happy can be similar to most of us. In this article, I list 10 ways to become a happy person:
1. Be mindful of your physical health
You cannot separate mental health from physical health. A disturbed mind could negatively affect the body. And the sick body could also affect the mind.
In this tenet, you cannot achieve true happiness if you have physical problems. Many studies found that adults who suffer from physical illnesses have poor psychological health. The most affected psychological attribute is subjected well-being.
The best thing to do is taking care of your body. Avoid unhealthy foods such as fast foods, soft drinks, etc. Exercise daily and develop an early sleeping schedule. Staying late at night will negatively affect your physical and mental health.
2. Avoid overthinking
To become a happy person, you need to free your mind from overthinking. Overthinking happens when you worry too much about a future event. You are making an exaggerated assessment of something that is uncertain. It will not do any good.
In order to conquer happiness, you need to make a logical evaluation. Do not force yourself to take control of something that you don’t have any capability to do so.
Picture your future with hope and excitement. Let go of your worries and let your tomorrow unfold itself. By accepting your limitation, you’ll be able to free your mind from overthinking.
3. Make a list of your little achievements
Either you believe it or not, you are achieving beautiful things every day. But most people don’t realize it. All they see is frustrations and defeat.
If you want to become happy, you need to appreciate every little success or progress you’re making on a daily basis.
You can do it by making a list. Make a habit of writing down your little achievements. It will not only make you happy but also remind you how much you’ve already accomplished.
Just remember that the only way to get to your goal is by doing small acts every day. And those small pieces of actions will sum up into a big triumph.
It is incredible to know that science found out that a simple smile is helpful. When you smile the amount of serotonin in your brain will increase. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter or a chemical in the brain that boosts mood.
Every day, find a reason to do it. Watch your favorite comedy movie or find someone who makes you laugh. This simple act is enough to become a happy person.
5. Be grateful
For years, ordinary people and scientists are finding the ultimate way towards achieving happiness. Many of the studies suggest that becoming happy is actually free.
In fact, a research finding found that happiness comes from being grateful for your little achievements.
People who make a list of things they are grateful for are happier than those who do not.
The good thing is that every day there are a lot of good things happen to you. The only problem is that you chose not to see them. What you tend to see are the negative events.
If you really want to become a happy person, try to appreciate little good things in your life.
6. Surround yourself with happy people
Stress is contagious. If you want to be happy, avoid negative people. They can’t help you. Instead, find positive people who can excite your day. They don’t only make you happy, but also motivate you to get going.
7. Play with your pets
Your pet can boost your happiness. Many studies found that people who rear pets are happier than those who do not have pets. Animal lovers tend to have higher subjective happiness.
8. Don’t watch the news
If you are watching the news on TV and other media, chances are you also noticed that your chances of viewing positive news are lesser than viewing negative news.
In other words, you seldom see good news in the media. The bad thing is that negative news will act as a virus. It will cloud your mind until your perception of the world will also become negative.
If you really want to become a happy person, turn off your TV and don’t listen to the negative news. Instead, appreciate all the good things that happened to you in the entire day. This will make you comfortable and happy.
9. Forgive and forget
We are all travelers. And along the way, we meet people who make us happy and/or frustrated. In fact, in worse cases, people would belittle us or demean us.
But whatever happens, do not dwell on anger and vengeance. The best thing to do is to forgive and forget. Forget all the people who hurt you. Focus on your goals. Be indifferent to what others might be saying about you. Through this, you’ll become happier.
10. Decide to become a happy person
All the tips discussed above talked about the actionable steps towards achieving happiness. But the truth is, you can’t be happy if you don’t decide. Thus, the ultimate way to achieve happiness is by deciding to be happy. I hope that these tips will help you decide to be happy and guide you to achieve it.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.