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6 Easy Ways to Stay HAPPY

Updated on February 21, 2016

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama

Every person has the power to weave his own happiness and have control over his life like a steering wheel. We all need to tame our thoughts and direct them towards the path of optimism. In one long-term study of 99 Harvard University students, optimistic students of age 25 proved to be healthier in their latter ages of 40 and 65. The following six steps will enlighten you to reshape some of your daily habits and thinking patterns to bring a positive change in your lives.

1. Let it go – don’t hold grudges:
Be forgiving! It’s a guaranteed formula. If you keep hating someone and let the grudge grow inside you. The bitterness of grudge will build up more resentment in you and will erode away your happiness. Thus vent out all the hatred. Silently let go off the people who give you negative vibes.

“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
― Gerald Jampolsky

2. Concentrate on your goals:
Evaluate your life and set up some career goals. Keep yourself busy in working on your goals to be accomplished. Having a goal in your mind gives direction to your actions thus your mind won’t wander about and the trash of negative thoughts will have no more space to reside in your mind.

“Purpose is what gives life a meaning.”
― C. H. Parkhurst

3. Listen to lively songs:
When you’re sad, try not to put the gloomy and unhappy songs on your playlists. Music has the power to sculpt your thoughts and sad songs will surely make your mood gloomier. So it’s the right time to switch from “Hello by Adele” to “Happy by Pharrell Williams”. This is a genuine fact that lively music spark up the sadness.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
― Confucius, The Book of Rites

4. Stop comparing your life with others:
People have a habit of being inquisitive about other people’s lives. They do it through various means; stalking, gossiping and etc. Comparing your life with others always brings discontentment and furl your mind in an agonizing stress. We can never really judge how hard the other person’s life from their outer world. Everyone has go their own battle to fight with. Thus a key to happiness is to concentrate on your own lives.

“Comparison is the death of joy.”
― Mark Twain

5. Don’t live in past:
Sometimes the remnants of past encage us in the shackles of haunting memories. We find it hard to move forward and live in the moment. All our productivity and energy is drained out in thinking about past. Take a step and organize your life. Keep yourself busy. Indulge yourself in some work, be it a charitable work or your office work. Spend time with friends and family. Sometimes smallest things brings out a lot of happiness like helping a little get a candy floss across the road.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
― Buddha


6. Chocolates and Cakes:
Gorge down some chocolates, cakes and waffles. Feeding your sweet-tooth never fails to cheer up your mood. Many scientific studies have been conducted that prove that the cocoa content in chocolate tends to raise serotonin level in brain and serotonin is responsible for making us feel relaxed.

A study published in the “ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry” in 2011, found that trainee nurses who consumed 50 grams of dark chocolate for three days had fewer symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.


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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas to stay happy thank you for following me.

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      Minahil Malik 2 years ago

      I loved reading this hub. You've penned down some very helpful tips.

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      Maliha 2 years ago

      Very informative! Great hub! :)