When we came across Norwegian blogger, Kristina Andersen’s blogpost about different ways to be happy, we loved it. She was kind enough to let us share it with you lovely readers, so here are her best tips on how to become an overall happier person.
I am under the impression that thinking positive can get you in a better mood and make your everyday a little happier. So turn your mindset around. Wondering how to do that? Let’s say you hate mornings, then your start off your day with negative thoughts. Instead, try to focus on the positive. If you have a desire to be a happy and satisfied person, then you must first learn to think in a better and more positive way.
Being grateful automatically provides a happy feeling. Did you know that elderly say that the times they are the happiest, is when they are filled with gratitude? Appreciate the small things in life; like that good cup of coffee in the morning, a phone call from a grandparent or a nice day at work. And most importantly; the people around you. Those are all things that make everyday life so wonderful.
Inspire yourself – Spend time with people who make you happy – Laugh a lot
Sometimes you may not feel like smiling, but do it anyway! There are so many reasons to why you should; A smile can actually trick your head into giving your body a positive feeling, no matter how you feel. Pretty cool, right? And smiles are contagious. If you smile to others, chances are that they will smile back.
Listen to yourself
Take the time to do what makes you happy. Feel like spending a Friday night at home, watching your favorite movie, instead of being social? Then do that! Don’t feel the pressure of having to do this and that at all times. Remember; your allowed to say no. Listening and respecting your own needs is hard, but crucial for a happier everyday life.
Annoyed at someone or holding a grudge? Let it go! Free yourself from negative energy by simply forgiving, because resentment will never lead nowhere. It will only steal your joy, so don’t give that power to anyone. Learn to let go.
Translated by: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Kristina Andersen / Originally posted in Norwegian here.