Category: Simply Happy

6 Ways To Feel Happy (Even When You Aren’t)

Feeling happy even when you aren’t, requires a lot of self motivation, self discipline, and consistency.

By taking steps to feel genuinely happy, you will find peace during difficult times and lead a life with less stress. Happiness is a decision that requires internal motivation, but the effort to maintain a happy state will lead you to a fuller and more productive life.

Here are 6 ways to feel happy even when you aren’t

1. Exercise. Make sure your body receives 30 minutes of cardio, 3-5 times a week. Working out releases endorphins that changes your body and state of mind, helping you to focus on the day’s tasks.

2. Spiritual Growth. Managing stress and sadness by choosing the best attitude possible will enforce an awareness of spiritual maturity. When we maintain the clarity of a new insight, possibility and positive change are gained. A spiritual connection promotes inner peace and gives you solace when consistently practiced.

3. Freedom to Express. Expressing feelings through writing, speaking, drawing or other forms of communication broadens your reach to the world. Communicating warmth and words to people around you is a great connector and promotes a sense of inner peace.

4. Count Your Blessings. Taking time to reflect on the good things in your life is a priority, especially on days when you feel like you have to dig deep to find them. Make a list of things you feel grateful for, then take time to write to a friend or compliment people in your environment. These small acts of kindness can create a mental shift that establishes an inner state of happiness and affects everyone in your reach.

5. Work Hard and Play Hard. Nurturing laughter and working hard on your life’s goals will create personal satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment and a reason to celebrate the many mountains you climb. Look at life, set a goal, get what you want and smile while you are doing it.

6. Be a Lifelong Learner. Exercising the brain is always enriching. By taking time to learn new things, you will boost your self confidence, stimulate your thought processes and give yourself an edge over the majority of the world.

Feeling happy even when you aren’t requires a lot of positive self talk, list making, motivation, and discipline. Remember it is far easier to fall into the black hole of doom and gloom than it is to work the muscle that makes you reach higher for the next rung on the ladder. But when you do the pay off is huge and so is your level of happiness.

Being happy is first a decision, then a habit.

Feeling sad can feel like forever. When you are blue, feeling down, or just sad for a couple of hours or days, then you are normal. But if you are feeling a more intense that lasts longer than a couple of days, you are spiraling downward toward a place where you will never be happy.

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How to Beat Depression

Depression is a often a symptom of a very serious problem. Depression can stem from a chemical imbalance in the body, deep-seated guilt, anger and frustration, bitterness, regret, or mourning. Nearly any negative emotion or major life change can result in a lingering depression. While pharmacological management is often used and is suitable for many cases of depression, most health-care professionals now recommend adding other interventions as well to help manage depression. Here are a few you can try at home.

It’s important to note that if you are experiencing lasting or deep depression that includes thoughts of harming yourself or others, you should seek medical help immediately. Also, if you are already being treated for depression, you should consult your doctor or therapist before trying any of these interventions.

1. Develop a support system. Depression thrives when we are isolated from others. There is great power in living openly in community with others, and developing a support system to help you through the dark days is essential in beating depression. Seek out others who have overcome depression, those who love you, and those who are willing to walk alongside you during your struggle. You can check for community sponsored support groups, church mentoring programs, and your local counseling center to locate support persons if you don’t already have people in your life to help you through your depression. Just remember, help is available- you are not alone.

2. Enlist help. Enlist the help of three to four people who agree to be your emergency army in times of need. These are the people you can call on day or night when you’re in a crisis and need to talk. These are often people who understand that when you say, “I think I need help”, there’s a world full of meaning behind those words. They stand ready to support you and love you during the darkest days.

3. Know your limits. We all have days when we feel overwhelmed, but know your limits well enough to know when to call out for help. Know when you need to get out and be with other people, and when you need to refrain from intimate conversations and major life decisions. With the help of others and your doctor or therapist, you can overcome depression.

4. Deal with your emotions. Many times, depression’s root cause is deeply seated emotions. These emotions can carry over from a troubled childhood, a bitter divorce, the loss of a loved one, or any unresolved life experience. You don’t have  to rehash every negative emotion you’ve ever had, nor do you need provide intimate details of painful experiences to heal in every case. However, you do need to give validation and light to these emotions that continue to affect your mental well-being. A trained counselor or therapist can help you work through your emotions if you need help.

5. Help others. Helping others is a great way to help lift the fog of depression. When you focus on others, you learn to put your own problems aside, and perhaps gain a new perspective on the scope of your troubles. Helping others is very rewarding for most people and serves as an instant spirit lifter when depression lurks nearby.

6. Monitor your thinking. Carefully control the thoughts that you allow to run rampant through your mind. Stop any negative thoughts as soon as you notice them and replace them with a positive statement. Find something positive about each and every day, even if it’s just the sunrise and the birds singing outside your window. Each day has something wonderful to offer, but we must look for it and learn to treasure it.

You can beat depression. You can take back control of your life with the help of a strong support system, a positive attitude, professional counseling, and lots of love. If you decide to try medication for a time, just remember that there is no shame in seeking help for your condition. Medication has effectively helped countless individuals conquer depression and it could be the answer that finally lifts the fog enough to see the light. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by depression, seek help today. Waiting only makes it harder. There are people who are willing and able to help you through this dark time.

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