How To Be Happy Again

Asking you to just be happy isn’t going to work when you’re dealing with things that trouble you or you have some mental health issues you need to deal with.

However, there are some tips and tricks on how you can learn to be happy again.

How To Be Happy Again

No, we’re not going to claim that all of them are going to work for you, but we are pretty sure that once you give them a shot, something will certainly change for the better!

How To Be Happy Again

Determine What Brings You Joy And What Doesn’t

Determining what makes us happy means we need to first find out what brings sadness in our lives.

A friendship, a profession, a housing situation, or any other aspect of your life that is contributing to your stress, pain, anxiety, or discontentment could be the culprit.

A side-by-side comparative rundown could be an efficient way to figure out which aspects of your lifestyle you may wish to cut out or change or replace with things that make you happy and bring you peace.

For instance, you could be unhappy because of marital issues, a stressful collaboration at work, or even negative thoughts about yourself.

To gain insight and concentrate your efforts, simply start by identifying both the good and the bad (Also check out the How To Start Over?).

Things that could make you happy include:

  • Physical activity
  • Good nutrition
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Classes
  • Self-care time
  • Positive thinking
  • Keeping a journal
  • Using mantras
  • Deactivating/Deleting your social media accounts
  • Walking in nature
  • Crafting/ Doing art
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Watching films and listening to music

Things that could bring you down include:

  • Being unmotivated
  • Being excessively negative
  • Making comparisons with other individuals you’ve met, friends, colleagues, etc
  • Putting yourself down
  • Doubting yourself
  • Engaging in negative thoughts and self-talk
  • Having toxic people in your life
  • Not taking care of yourself

Work Towards Reclaiming Your Happiness

After you’ve formed the list, you’ll be able to recognize any aspects of your life that you need to minimize (or completely remove, if possible), and those that you can emphasize to boost your overall well being.

There are many ways to regain your happiness, and the first move is to concentrate on what already makes you happy.

Other things you can do are:

Think About Therapy

While it may not be the first solution you think of in your attempt to figure out how to become happy again, therapy may be a good starting point if you’ve experienced trauma or if you’ve lost someone close to you and are grieving.

It could assist you with refocusing your energy, acknowledging a harsh or unhappy experience, and dealing with it in the best way possible, allowing you to become happy again.

Begin Or Resume A Leisure Activity/ Work Out

Begin Or Resume A Leisure Activity/ Work Out

Find a new hobby or take up an old one that used to bring you lots of joy and made you feel at peace. That could be anything; from volleyball to cooking and from painting to bouldering.

Alternatively, hit the gym, start running, do yoga, or join group classes. Anything goes!

Make an intentional effort to set aside time for activities that bring you joy and energize you.

Even a few minutes a day invested in doing whatever it is that you enjoy once a week can boost your mood and shine light in your life.

Eat Healthily

No, we’re not saying you should not treat yourself to a brownie or a pizza. Eating healthy does not mean excluding things from your diet, avoiding social occasions, or skipping entirely on junk food.

All we’re suggesting is to maintain a balanced diet, eat nutritious food, and feed your body with good ‘fuel.’ Eat your greens, increase your protein intake, and opt for wholesome food.

And when you’re at that party, enjoy your drink and cake. It’s all about moderation!

Avoid (Or Reduce) Your Use Of Social Media

People who reduce their time spent on social networks are generally more satisfied and happier with their lives and do not develop symptoms of depression or low self-esteem.

So, delete those apps, or at least try not to spend a lot of time scrolling up and down the pages and thinking that people’s lives are better than yours.

It’s like the old saying: never judge a book by its cover.

Keep A Journal

Journaling is an effective method for increasing life satisfaction, focusing on the positive aspects of life, and healing from trauma.

Writing down the good things you did every day, no matter how big or small, can make you realize what a good person you are and help you get rid of any negative thoughts or negative self-talk.

Practice Self-Care

Self-care is an essential ingredient of long-term well-being. Self-care is different for everyone: for someone, it might be getting a manicure, for others going for a simple walk.

No matter what it is for you, put yourself first, and don’t forget about feeding your soul too!

Practice Meditation

If you are dealing with stress and anxiety, meditate. Tons of apps can help you get started, but one thing is for sure: once you get into the mood and free your mind, all your troubles will be gone!

Spend Time With People Who Make You Happy & Get Rid Of The Rest

Do yourself the favor and get rid of any toxic people in your life.

Their intentions are not good and even though you might be connected, even related to them, they will only make your life worse.

Instead, focus on people who make you happy and bring joy in your life and invest in those relationships. It could be your friends, your siblings, or your partner.

Evaluate them all one by one and keep the good ones close!

The Bottom Line

Implementing some of these tactics can help you become happier again.

And yet, the most important thing you need to realize is that feelings are transitory, and that life is a series of ups and downs that cannot but affect our thoughts and feelings.

So, take it easy and enjoy life. You only live once!

Ben Easter
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