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6 Instant Mood Boosters That Can Add Happiness To Your Day

6 Instant Mood Boosters That Can Add Happiness To Your Day

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; it shouldn’t be that hard, right? Well, if you’re like most people, you’ve got 2/3 covered on most days, but that last one?  It can be a bit trickier.

Happiness can seem pretty elusive, especially when we are going through difficult seasons, dealing with difficult people, or when we’re just feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  In those times, it’s especially important to resist the urge to wait for happiness to happen to us, and instead, actively find ways to experience more happiness.

How do we do this?  Today, I’d like to share a list of ways to make your day a little happier, regardless of what you’re going through right now.

Write down your intentions for the day

When you wake up in the morning, think about how you want your day to go.  It’s much easier to have your day go a certain way when you choose what you want to focus on and what you want to feel throughout the day.  These aren’t necessarily your to-do list tasks for the day; rather, they are a reminder that you will never get this 24 hours again, and  encouragement to make the most of them in a way that feels good to you.  Come back to your intentions throughout the day and re-focus on them as often as is helpful.

Commit to self-care

As your self-declared “self-care bestie,” it would be pretty crazy of me not to mention this, right?  Choose one act (at least!) of self-care today to refresh yourself.  Ask yourself question:  “What do I need today?” or “What would feel good to me today?” or “What am I longing for today?”  Putting it to yourself this way heightens self-awareness and challenges you to think of new or different ways to love yourself, which is always a good thing!

Ask yourself:  “What do I need today?” or “What would feel good to me today?” or “What am I longing for today?”

Focus on one thing at a time

If there’s one thing that can increase your happiness and enjoyment of each moment, it’s focusing on one thing at a time.  Choose one task at a time and keep your mind where your body is.  It’s SO easy to slip into rumination about the past or worrying about the future when you’re doing your mundane daily tasks like taking a shower or driving somewhere, but really try to focus on JUST the thing you are doing at any given moment.  Your brain wasn’t wired for multitasking, so see how it feels to return again and again to the present moment task and give yourself to it fully.  For example, notice how the shower water makes you feel, and the sound of the water hitting the tub.  This takes practice, but it will pay happiness dividends galore in the long run!

Practice compassion for difficult people

Oh my word, this is a tough one.  But it really can (and will) make you happier.  When you encounter difficult people and difficult emotions, find a way to put yourself on their level instead of judging them, even in your thoughts.  Remind yourself that you aren’t that different from this offensive person, actually – you are both flawed human beings showing up doing the best you can day in and day out.  Maybe they’re having a bad day or going through something you know nothing about.  You can pray for them or extend loving kindness to them through meditation.  Or both.

Calm your mind

Periodically bring awareness to how you are feeling throughout the day.  I like to set mindfulness reminders on my phone.  Every few hours, my phone reminds me with a little chime to check in with myself.  It seems that no matter how hard I try, my thoughts can carry me away at times.  It happens!  When I hear the chime, I stop my current task, take 3 deep and slow breaths, and notice how I am feeling.  This is also a good time to ask yourself “what do I need right now?” or “what ONE thing do I need to do right now?”  With practice (and a handy reminder from your phone!) you will notice yourself feeling calmer (and happier!).

Finally, look at baby animals

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About The Author

Cathleen Bearse

Cathleen Bearse is a psychotherapist in private practice and mama of four. A bio, foster, and adoptive mom, Cathleeen is passionate about raising awareness for foster youth, as well as providing support to foster families. She hosts the Fearless Fostering podcast, where she provides weekly education and encouragement for foster and adoptive moms. You can find her on Instagram at @fearless_fostering or on her website fearlessfostering.com.

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