Simple Ways to Find Joy Every Day
What is it that makes you happy and contented? Although happiness and life satisfaction are relatively new areas of psychology study, research suggests that it’s not external objects like cars, luxury homes, and all the must-have gadgets money can buy that makes people happy, but rather internal factors like good health and an optimistic, hopeful outlook. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the eighteenth-century playwright, had nine requisites for a happy, contented life. First was health, to make work a pleasure. Then came wealth to support one’s needs. Other factors in his list included strength to deal with difficulty, grace to confess and abandon sin, patience, charity, love, faith, and hope.
1. Choose to Think Happy Thoughts
If you want to find happiness and add years to your life, think happy thoughts. When you choose positive thoughts over negative ones, you are more likely to develop an optimistic outlook on life.
2 Smile More Often
Force yourself to smile. Try it; it’s not that difficult. Now hold it for a count of ten and deepen it. Mentally affirm, “I am happy, totally, blissfully happy.” Notice how your mood begins to shift. You can’t help but feel a little lighter. Use your smile to start a happiness epidemic. Smile at everyone, everywhere. People are hardwired to respond to the facial expressions they encounter. If you glower at someone, that person will return a frown, but your smile will evoke a smile. You’ll feel happier, too, because your body responds to your smile, even if you are faking the grin. So fake it until you genuinely feel happy. Once you know it works, do it often.
3 Set out a Bowl of Freshly Crushed Lavender
Whenever you have a bad day, feel exasperated, and struggle to get out of a foul mood, use some lavender to
restore your serenity. Lavender is one of aromatherapy’s most popular scents. Scents like lavender, citrus, rose, and sandalwood can trigger particular memories or experiences associated with them. That’s because your olfactory nerve carries the scent straight to your brain. Use freshly crushed flowers set out in bowl, insert some reeds in a diffuser pot with lavender essential oil, light some lavender-scented candles, or put out some sachets of dried lavender. Allow the scent to lift your mood and remember that you never have to live a bad day over again.