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How to Be a More Joyful Person

Published on 2/14/2019
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Happiness can be many things for many people: for some, happiness is riding roller coasters while for others, happiness is holding their newborn baby. While happiness varies from person to person, many factors can contribute to an overall happy life and feeling like a happy person. Both paying attention to your attitude and making changes in your day-to-day can help you experience a joyful, happy filled life.



Adjusting Your Attitude

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    1) Think positively. It’s impossible to have a challenge-free life, but your attitude makes all the difference with how you respond to life’s challenges. Positive thinking means how you approach difficulties with a positive outlook. It doesn’t mean you avoid or push away unpleasant experiences, but that you see the best in situations.
    • Thinking positively means reminding yourself that negative events are temporary and opportunities to learn and grow. Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects, look for ways to learn from each situation. For example, don’t think negatively when you walk to work and it always rains. Use this experience to learn: it may be time to invest in an umbrella and some rainboots.
    • One way to practice positive thinking is to pay attention to your inner dialog. Instead of thinking, “I’m going to be terrible at this” replace the thought with, “I am bravely trying something new and I can't control the outcome.”
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    2) Express gratitude regularly. Learning to appreciate the big and the little things in life can have a profound impact on your life. Get in the habit of saying “thank you” often. Some people write in a daily gratitude journal, draw gratitude pictures, or take photos of what they are grateful for each day. Giving gratitude doesn’t just make you feel good, it can positively influence your physical and psychological health and boost your self-esteem.
    • When you feel a negative thought coming on, notice it, and then replace it with something you are grateful for. You may be surprised how quickly your mood can positively change!
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    3) Be present. Life can feel hectic and it’s easy to get caught up in the to-do’s, planning ahead, and what’s next. The truth is, your body is always in the moment but your mind can be in the past, present or future. If you feel disconnected from yourself or others, practice directing your thoughts and attention to the present moment. Use your senses to bring you back, one by one: tune in to the sounds you hear, even the things you tend to tune out. Use your eyes and look around. Notice any smells. It’s not important to label what you experience, just experience it.
    • Connect with your breath. Breathing with awareness can help bring you back to your body.
    • Listen to your mind. Allow your mind to run with all the thoughts it wants to experience without engaging or responding to the thoughts. When thoughts come up, acknowledge them without judging them. For instance, say, “I’m thinking about the busy day I have ahead.” There’s no need to analyze or judge the thought, just acknowledge it.
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    4) Manage stress daily. While you can’t stop the bills or halt the work or school deadlines, you can learn to manage your reaction to daily stressors in a healthy way. By practicing stress management every day, you can address stress daily instead of letting it build up.  You may not realize it, but you probably deal with stress in many ways: people choose smoking, drinking or zoning out with the tv, video games, or computer as ways to cope, although they are not recommended or particularly healthy. Instead, do things that help your mind and body relax.
    • Practice regular restorative yoga, meditation, and relaxation.
    • Use daily progressive muscle relaxation. Find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down, and relax your body. Relax and breathe deeply. Starting with your right fist, tense the muscles, then relax. Then tense your right forearm and then your upper arm, tensing then relaxing. Move through your body: your right arm, then left arm, face, neck, back, chest, hips, and legs and feet. By the end, your muscles should not feel tense.
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    5) Practice contentment. It’s easy to get caught up in consumerism; believing that next thing (car, house, purse, shoes, video game) will make you happy. People that are wealthy and have an excess of money do not report higher levels of happiness. Make sure your monetary basic needs are met, and much of the excess beyond fulfilling your basic needs will eventually become meaningless to your life. Feel content with what you have and learn to not be in want for things you do not have.
    • Instead of spending your money on things, opt to spend money on experiences. Go to festivals, participate in workshops that interest you, and travel. The memories you have of a Machu Picchu vacation will far outweigh memories of you playing video games.
    • If there’s something you desperately want to have, think about how it will affect your life in five years, and if it will still be important.
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    6) Avoid living in the past. Maybe something happened that you regret, or you wonder if you could have done something differently. Don’t allow yourself to enter the non-existent time warp. Ruminating on past events can lead to a cycle of negative thoughts, depression and anxiety. Instead, use the situation to problem solve any future problems and reflect on how you can respond differently. There is no changing the past, but you can change the future.
    • Identify the fear that motivates your rumination. Maybe you’re afraid you came off as unintelligent or aloof, or that people perceived you as lacking social skills. Spend some time journaling what fears motivate you living in the past.
    • Let go of what’s out of your own control. Ask yourself what you can change (if anything). If you can’t change anything, let it go. If you can change things, determine what can be changed and how you will handle it.
    • When reflecting in the past, don’t just rely on negative self-evaluations. Also remember what you have done well and when you have responded positively.
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