Childhood is undoubtedly the best time in one’s life. Do you agree? Have you ever thought about the happiest part of your life? Many people would probably agree that childhood is the best time of one’s life. However, not every childhood is happy. Some children may be born in a low-income family or under circumstances that worsen their lives. In others’ opinions, childhood is the happiest time of a person’s life in most cases. The first reason was when they were kids, they had no responsibility or problem to think about. They had more time to play with toys and friends, you were treated like kings and queens by your parents, and you did not have complicated and heavy issues. The biggest problem during one’s childhood was what color of crayon to choose for drawing, or what if you won’t get your wish on your birthday? Childhood is associated with fun and play. One can view and relate this in the book entitled, Stories and Poems from a Grandmother’s Heart by Kishwar Mirza. Children tend to enjoy life without thinking about the consequences.
The thing is, all humans want to be happy. But is becoming happier even possible? These five tips can show you how to get more joy and satisfaction out of life.
Tip #1. Coach your brain to be more positive
Human brains are wired to notice and remember the wrong things. It’s a survival mechanism that helps keep one’s cave-dwelling ancestors safe in a world with many physical threats. But in today’s comparatively safe world, this biological predisposition to focus on the negative contributes to stress and unhappiness. While you can’t change nature, you can train your brain to be more positive. It doesn’t mean putting on a smiley face and whistling a happy tune no matter what’s going on. You don’t have to ignore reality or pretend things are lovely even when they’re not. But just as dwelling on negative things fuels unhappiness (and plays a significant role in depression and anxiety), choosing to notice, appreciate, and anticipate goodness is a powerful happiness booster.
Tip #2. Rear and enjoy your relationships
Relationships are one of the most significant sources of happiness in our lives. Studies that look at happy people bear this out. The happier the person is, the more likely they have a large, supportive circle of family and friends, a fulfilling marriage, and a thriving social life. That’s why rearing your relationships is one of the best emotional investments you can make. If you make an effort to cultivate and build your connections with others, you will soon reap the rewards of more positive emotions. And as you become happier, you will attract more people and higher-quality relationships, leading to even greater positivity and enjoyment. It’s the happiness gift that keeps on giving.
Tip #3. Notice the Present and Savor Life’s Small Pleasures
Think about a time when you were depressed or anxious. Chances are, you were either dwelling on something negative from the past or worrying about something in the future. In contrast, you are more likely to feel centered, happy, and at peace when you focus on the present moment. You’re also much more likely to notice the good things happening, rather than letting them pass by unappreciated or unobserved. So how do you start to live more at the moment and savor the good things life has to offer? Stop and smell the roses. It may be an old cliché, but it’s good advice. You’ll appreciate good things more if you stop whatever you’re doing for a moment to appreciate and relish in them. It will enhance your pleasure, even if you can only spare a few seconds. And if you can share the moment with others, that’s even better. Shared pleasure is powerful.
Tip #4. Help Others and Live Meaningfully
There is something truly fulfilling in helping others and feeling like your actions are making a difference for the better in the world. That’s why people who assist those in need and give back to others and their communities tend to be happier. In addition, they also tend to have higher self-esteem and general psychological well-being. Further, look for ways to be more kind, compassionate, and giving in your daily life. It can be something as small as brightening a stranger’s day with a smile or going out of your way to do a favor for a friend.
Tip #5. Take Care of Yourself
You can be happy even when you’re suffering from illness or bad health, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the aspects of your health that are in your control. Exercise and sleep are vital when it comes to happiness. Exercise isn’t just good for the body. It also has a powerful effect on mental well-being. People who exercise regularly are happier across the board. They’re also less stressed, angry, anxious, and depressed. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do, so long as you do it regularly. Aim for an hour of exercise at least five days a week for best results. If you find something you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Also, getting quality sleep every night directly affects your happiness, vitality, and emotional stability during the day. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re much more susceptible to stress. It’s harder to be productive, think creatively, and make wise decisions.
Happiness is something you cannot buy; it is made by memories, love, experiences, and the people surrounding you. The perfect solution to finding their happiness is to do something that you know you used to love as a child. When getting back in touch with your inner child, the happiness you feel is almost as if you are getting back in touch with an old friend. That feeling never truly goes away; you have to keep in touch with the kid in you.