The 20th of March marks International Day of Happiness, a day which is celebrated worldwide to inspire and encourage a global happiness movement. Happiness is one of the most important emotions and this year’s theme is ‘sharing happiness’ – focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
At the best of times, some of us struggle to express our happy emotions, so here at Relax Kids Head Office, we’ve created a short list of five ways to improve our happiness.
Meditation is a fantastic way to channel your happiness. Try to take anywhere from three to five minutes in the morning or evening to clear your mind through meditation. It’s also a perfect way to reduce stress and improve concentration.
How often do you take a moment to look back on what you are grateful for? It’s common for a lot of us to take things for granted and not appreciate how lucky we are compared to others. Writing a small list of things you are grateful for each evening, such as the clothes you are wearing or the roof over your head, can help build your happiness.
Start a Journal
Similar to gratitude lists, writing on a piece of paper helps you visualise. Purchase a nice notebook and a pen and begin to write a journal. Note down what is affecting you, what your goals are or even just what you have done that day.
Random Acts of Kindness
Sometimes there is no better way to make you happy than making others happy, that feeling you get is like no other. We suggest trying to commit random acts of kindness as much as you possibly can. No matter how big or small, no act of kindness is ever wasted. Whether you do something small like give up your seat on the train, or whether it’s something more substantial like paying for the coffee for the person behind you in the queue. Each act of kindness is going to boost your happiness significantly.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment. It allows you to take note of some of the small aspects you’d never think to notice. And one of the best things about mindfulness is that you can be mindful anywhere! Next time you’re walking, try to take note of the sounds you hear, the colours you see, the feeling of the ground under your feet. Or when you are eating, take notice of the textures, the flavours and the different colours of the food.
What would you add to the list of ways to improve happiness?
Our Elevator of Happiness album is the perfect for celebrating World Happiness Day, You can purchase the CD or MP3 from our online store.
Also why not read our book – How to be Happy. It’s packed with lots of activities to help us be happy all year round.
You can purchase the book here.