honest to goodness ways to be happier!

Posted in Inspiration
on April 11, 2016

Honest To Goodness

Happiness. It’s a feeling that we all love. It’s grounded in being grateful for the life you have and everything that God has blessed you with. It’s when you have on your shades with the yellow tint, so even the bad things in life don’t seem so bad.  Happiness can be elusive at times and no one is expected to be happy every hour of every day. That is not realistic and it’s not what this article is about. There is a time to mourn people, things and unfortunate circumstances. However, on a regular day to day basis, you want to feel good, right?! *James Brown yell* Check out these tips that will help you get — and stay — on the good foot!

Mind Management

Tune into your inner voice. Yes, we’re all constantly talking to ourselves whether we’re conscious of it or not. There is a record playing. What’s it saying? If you write down your thoughts, you can decipher what’s really bothering you. Is it true? Is it real or absurd? If you have an issue with negative thinking, writing out your feelings can be cathartic. It can help you make a more objective assessment of what’s going on in your life. As a creative, mind management is imperative because we tend to have minds that can run away with us. It’s great when you’re brainstorming ideas for a new project, product or writing an amazing suspense novel.  But not so much when you’re obsessing about whether people are staring at you, judging you or playing back past conversations in your head. Make sure you take care of your mind in the same way you care for your body.

Adopt A Mantra

Our brains are like gardens and whatever we choose to plant will grow. Our brain doesn’t care if you plant constructive or destructive thoughts. It plants whatever you give it. It never questions our thoughts, but always takes us at our word.  So when you’re overreacting by running from a small spider as if it’s an escaped tiger, your brain believes your thoughts are valid. So make sure to plant things that are going to serve you. Some great mantras are:

  • I am worthy
  • I am confident
  • I am special
  • I am talented
  • I am successful

This is a very personal thing. Your mantra should be whatever makes you feel empowered and loved. You’ll know you have a good one because your mood will lift. We believe our own words more than anyone else’s, so make sure to say things that encourage self-love and acceptance.

Give Yourself A Break:

So your startup hasn’t been backed by a wealthy venture capitalist yet? You will survive, you will make it. Life is more about the journey than anything else. The people we meet, the relationships  we build and just being thankful for how far we’ve come is something to be proud of. I’m not saying to abandon setting goals. I am saying to be grateful for exactly where you are and trust that you’ll get exactly where you need to be. Work, but work in peace and not angst, knowing that everything will fall into place as it always has.

  • Cherri Megasko

    These are all good tips and so very important to everyone. I just read a new study last week that talked about how the thoughts you think can change how you see the world. You have to work at it and be consistent, but you can definitely take control to make yourself a happier person.

  • These are great tips. I especially like the idea of giving yourself a break. Pushing yourself to be better is good, but beating yourself up over not making a mark is so bad.

  • J-Man and MillerBug

    These are all great tips! I usually give myself some quiet time and just sit back read or watch TV. You always need to give yourself a break I think we are all too tough on ourselves.


    Great post. Being happier is something I need to work on. Thanks for sharing this.

  • ckrusch

    Love your tips! It’s important to give yourself a break! We need to forgive ourselves and move on!

  • These are excellent tips. I love the mantra words. Talking positive is a great way to train your brain to think positive. I also like the gratitude journal too.

  • Lynn Dee

    Such a great article. Totally agree with all your tips. Also for me, happiness is contentment. 🙂

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips. I like to start each day thinking about all my blessings in life. It is a great way to start the day on a happy note.

  • Kathy

    This is such a great post. I think it’s so important to try to always stay happy. I usually take some time to myself so that I can relax. It’s a great way to keep yourself on a happier note too.

  • agape084

    I love the idea of having a mantra! I really need to write down a list of ways too

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ooooo I love this!!!!! I so need a mantra. I’m going to be thinking of a good one all day now for myself.

  • Jay Simms

    I need a mantra, I don’t think I’ve ever had one, I also think I need to take a break and realize I can’t do it all in one day. Like you said it’s about the journey and I need to relax and enjoy it while it’s happening.

  • chubskulit

    That mantra idea is great. I should make one and practice it everyday to eliminate nefative thoughts.

  • Maggie Branch

    I think what I agree most with here is giving yourself a break! As women we are incredibly hard on ourselves and I feel significantly happier when I give myself grace.

  • When things don’t go as planned, I easily get discouraged. I am trying hard to think positively and keep reminding myself about that.

  • Audrey Kidwell

    I am always seeking new ways to help remind me to be happy.

  • Tracy Iglesias

    We pretty much are what WE think we are, happiness is and should be a lifelong pursuit!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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