Definition of happiness: 1 –  a state of well-being and contentment; 2 – a pleasurable or satisfying experienceBe Happier

It’s what so many of us strive for – and if you ask most parents, the vast majority will say that over wealth or fame, it’s what they desire for their kids.  The great thing about happiness is that although most of us have a set happiness “point,” we ALL have the ability to raise that general level of happiness – without making more money or becoming famous.

Happiness has also been correlated with better health, both in individuals and communities.  Let’s face it, it doesn’t really matter how fit or healthy you are, if you aren’t happy, you won’t enjoy it.

So the question is, how can we create a happier life?

The great news is that there are many ways you can start being happier TODAY.    Here are just a few:

Ways to cultivate a happier life

  • Relax already! Relaxation techniques can can release tension – which improves feelings of happiness (yoga, meditation, massage)

  • Express gratitude (and here is a super simple way to create a gratitude journal) increases satisfaction of life and higher levels of happiness

  • Be kind.  Performing acts of kindness is a great way to feel better about yourself and feel happier.  Need some ideas?  Kids helping others

  • Give a friend a call.  Relationships are important – studies show that people with stronger connections with their friends and families tend to be happier

  • Choose to be happier.  You really can put yourself in the right frame of mind – look at your life and focus on the positives

  • Enjoy today.  Don’t live in the past or the future

  • Make some time for yourself today.  Even a 15 minute coffee or reading break can improve your mood – or how about a walk outside?  Talk about mood boosting!

So please, take some time today and complete at least one of these happiness boosters.  Then, make it a habit to add one or more of them to your day EVERY day.  Check back in a few weeks and see how much happier you feel – it’s a total win for you, so give it a shot TODAY!

What are you going to do to increase your happiness today?  Please share in the comments.

Need an instant lift?  Try some of the delicious smelling essential oils – like this month’s oil of the month Bergamot, or maybe Joy – both are definitely mood lifters!

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