How To Be Happier

Would you like to be a happier person? Most people are fairly happy on a day to day basis, but sometimes they think “it would be nice to be a happier person.”

This is because we all face unhappiness in our lives, whether this is caused by stress, financial problems, love problems or even an annoying co-worker. Another cause of unhappiness can be social media, as many people portray an edited version of their life that makes them seem happier. This can make other people wonder why their lives aren’t as exciting as everyone else’s.

If you would like to be a happier person, here are three tips that will help.

 

1. Base Your Happiness On The Things That You Can Control

A common cause of unhappiness is basing your happiness on things that are out of your hands. You can’t control everything in your life, and being sad about the things that you can’t control is a waste of your time as it won’t change anything!

Instead base your happiness on the things that you can control. You can’t make it so that you have a huge inheritance, but you can work hard and save money. You can’t change your body type at the click of a finger, but you can work out so that you are happier with the way you look.

 

2. Be Comfortable With Negative Emotions

Even the happiest people in the world sometimes feel sadness and anger, so it is important to be okay with being sad sometimes. In fact, being comfortable with your negative emotions means that you are less likely to feel them again in the future, as you can choose to rationally assess why you feel sad or angry. This makes it easier for you to think of solutions.

 

3. Make A Note Of Your Daily Emotions

If you make a note of daily emotions it will make it easier for you to be happier, as it will be more obvious what makes you happy and what makes you sad. For instance, if you feel frustrated for a few hours in the afternoon at work, you may benefit from taking a walk at lunch time to give yourself a break from the work environment.

 

6 Reasons To Love Spring

Every season comes with its own charms, but spring is certainly one of the most beautiful seasons. Summer is known for its warmth and winter is known for its cold beauty, but spring is known for being the season of life.

As the weather warms up, plants bloom and baby animals are born. Spring is filled with promise and wonder, so it is hard to decide what I like the most about the season – but there are lots of things to choose from.

Here are 6 reasons to love spring.

1. Longer Days

After months of darkness, the days finally are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. It is wonderful to be able to travel to work and back in the light instead of the darkness, and the extra daylight definitely improves my mood. It is also much easier to get out of bed in the morning when it actually looks like the morning, instead of the middle of the night!

2. Flowering Trees (And Bees)

Nothing puts a smile on my face like a beautiful tree covered in delicate pink blossoms. It is like watching the world wake up from a 6 month nap. I also love watching the little bees buzz around as they gather nectar!

3. Outdoor Eating And Drinking

It’s always fun to go out for food and drinks with friends and family, but I always seem to have a much better time if we are sat outside in the sun. It seems like the sun puts everyone in a happier, more relaxed mood. I also think that orange juice tastes better when the sun is shining, but that might just be me.

4. Outside Exercise

I spend a considerable amount of time during winter in the gym. It’s just too cold and dark to exercise outside! However I actually prefer exercising outside. I think running through the park is much more stimulating that running on a running machine, and classes are much better when they are in the sunshine instead of a studio.

5. The Festivals

Spring is the season of festivals. I live in Britain, and I’ve already bought tickets to a music festival in Leeds and two local food festivals. I’m also hoping to check out some film festivals this year! Are you planning on going to any festivals?

6. Buttercups

I think that buttercups are one of my favorite flowers. I know that they are small and simple, but I love how bright they are, and I love how the sight of buttercups signals the beginning of spring and all its beauty. Although I do wish my dog would stop eating them.

What do you love about spring? Let me know with a comment!

6 Bad Habits You Need To Drop For 2017

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions most people think about the things they want to start doing; spend more time with family, exercising more and eating a healthier diet. However it can be just as useful to think about things you want to stop doing.

Lots of us have bad habits that we secretly know we should stop doing. They can make our lives harder and they often upset us and other people.

Here are 6 habits you should drop before 2017 if you want to have a happier year.

 

  1. Making excuses for toxic people. You would never treat them the way that they treat you, and you shouldn’t have to put up with their unhealthy, toxic behaviour.
  2. Waiting for your chance to talk. Lots of people don’t listen when others are talking; they just wait for their chance to talk. Focus on the other person when you are having a conversation with each other – you might learn something awesome!
  3. Overthinking. Overthinking rarely benefits your life, but it is likely to make you feel frustration and sadness.
  4. Stalking your ex on social media. You may think that you are just curious about what they are up to, but constantly doing this will make you feel low. It also makes it harder for you to move on – or if you have moved on, it may re-ignite old feelings. Stop living in the past so that you can focus on the present!
  5. Worrying too much about the opinions of others. Lots of people need others to validate them so that they feel accepted. Some people rely on ‘likes’ on social media, others pretend to be someone they’re not so they fit in. Be you and do what makes you happy – the likelihood is you will be just as popular, even if it is by a different group of people.
  6. Lying to yourself. Don’t pretend to be happy if you are not. You have the power to change your life and make yourself happy!

18 Reasons To Love Winter

All of the seasons are special in their own ways, but there is something magical about winter. The frosty weather is so quiet and peaceful, and it is one of the most popular times of the year to visit family and friends.

Here are 18 reasons to love winter!

 

  1. Staying inside with a warm drink and a pair of fluffy socks.
  2. Holiday parties with family, friends and co-workers.
  3. The peaceful silence.
  4. The cold weather. Frost, snow and ice are all very peaceful and beautiful – even if they make getting to work a little hard!
  5. Curling up on the sofa with a great book.
  6. Ugly Christmas sweaters. This might just be me, though…
  7. Giving back to your loved ones.
  8. Being grateful for the best things in your life.
  9. Mistletoe (and maybe a New Year’s eve kiss).
  10. Snow angels and snowballs.
  11. New Year’s resolutions. Whether you love them or hate them, it is nice to think about lots of people making an effort to improve themselves.
  12. Work being cancelled because of snow.
  13. Sledging.
  14. Winter fashion. Sweaters, scarves, and mittens are seriously cosy.
  15. Travelling back to your hometown to see your family and friends.
  16. Visiting loved ones for the holidays.
  17. Everything about Christmas, from the food to seeing your family.
  18. The smell of crisp winter air.

10 Interesting Quotes About Attitude

 

Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. Irving Berlin

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Walter Scott

It is good people who make good places. Anna Sewell

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. Og Mandino

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Khalil Gibran

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelis

 

Which quote is your favorite?

20 Fun Fall Activities

I promise this is my last fall blog post. Maybe. Probably. I just love fall so much! Lame, I know.

One of the best things about fall is all the fun activities that come with it. The weather may be getting colder, but that is no reason to spend the next few months inside. There are lots of awesome (and cheap) things that you can do outside during fall!

Don’t worry – there are inside activities too. I love spending time inside on a cold, dark evening, especially if I have a mug of hot chocolate.

Here are 20 fun fall activities.

  1. Go for a walk through a forest or a wood as the leaves change color.
  2. Go apple picking.
  3. Go to a fall festival with someone you love.
  4. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  5. Carve pumpkins.
  6. Make something with pumpkin in it. (My personal favorites are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.)
  7. Bundle up warm and go to kick leaves in your local park.
  8. Go to a corn maze with your friends or family.
  9. Visit a spooky fairground.
  10. Fly a kite with your children (or nephews and nieces).
  11. Light some candles or the fire and watch a movie during a cold evening.
  12. Make toffee apples.
  13. Make homemade soup.
  14. Pick pinecones.
  15. Eat breakfast in bed (mostly because it is far too cold to eat it at the table).
  16. Make a scarecrow.
  17. Make mulled wine.
  18. Make warm apple cider.
  19. Go antiquing.
  20. Go to a haunted house.

What are you going to do on this list? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

10 Reasons To Love Fall

Fall is my favorite season; I love the colorful fallen leaves and the drop in temperature. I also really, really love Halloween! I can’t wait to start carving pumpkins and planning a Halloween party. I’ve never been the best at dressing up, but I plan on going all-out this year!

Here are 10 reasons to love fall.

  1. The leaves. The best part of fall is definitely the nature. I love watching the leaves turn red and brown and yellow, and listening to them crunch underneath my feat
  2. It is time to start drinking mulled wine again. I love mulled wine, it is the perfect seasonal drink!
  3. The sunsets. The sunsets in fall always seem to be the most beautiful and vivid.
  4. Fall television. I can’t be the only person who is looking forward to the return of the Walking Dead.
  5. Candles. I love lighting scented candles on cold evenings; they make your home feel cosy and they smell great.
  6. Halloween. Dressing up, going to parties with friends and family, candy – I love it all.
  7. Pumpkins. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite soups. And carving pumpkins is always a lot of fun!
  8. Comfy clothes. Sweaters every day!
  9. The crisp, fresh air.
  10. Thanksgiving. I don’t actually live in America or Canada, but Thanksgiving does sound like an amazing holiday – the food looks so tasty.

What is your favorite thing about fall? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

15 More Small Things That Make Life Better

Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.

  1. Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
  2. Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
  3. Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
  4. Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
  5. A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
  6. The smell in the air after heavy rain.
  7. Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
  8. The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
  9. Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
  10. Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
  11. Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
  12. A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
  13. Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
  14. Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
  15. Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.

What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂

15 Small Things That Make Life Happier

Sometimes it is the little things that put us in a great mood. Here are 15 things that make life better!

  1. Finishing work early.
  2. Walking home from work when the weather is beautiful.
  3. Waking up before your alarm goes off, and realizing you still have hours left in bed.
  4. Being praised by your friends, family or boss.
  5. Finding money in your pocket or jacket that you forgot you had.
  6. When the elevator arrives as soon as you press the button.
  7. Listening to a new song that you’ve just discovered on repeat.
  8. Listening to your all-time favorite song on repeat.
  9. When you realize that a show you love is back with a new season.
  10. When you see a happy child or puppy in public.
  11. Having a great hair day.
  12. When you sing/rap the whole song correctly.
  13. When the sun starts shining and you put your winter coat away for a few months.
  14. When a package arrives that you’ve been looking forward to. (Today a big box of Twiglets arrived for me. Day = made!)
  15. When you think of a funny memory and you can’t help but to smile.

What small thing made your life better this week? Let me know with a comment!

10 Quotes About Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an essential part of happiness; without it, you cannot love yourself. Here are 10 quotes that I really like about self-esteem:

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” Jodi Picoult

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.” Dan Coppersmith

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Marilyn Monroe

“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” Warsan Shire

 

Do you think that you have good or bad self-esteem? Let me know with a comment!