November Joy 22: How to Find Happiness in Everyday Life

Happiness oftentimes feels fleeting. Our moments of bliss are just that—moments. After all, there are so many times in the day when we're not having positive feelings (when you’re stressed at work or enduring a chaotic commute).
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Happiness oftentimes feels fleeting. Our moments of bliss are just that—moments. After all, there are so many times in the day when we’re not having positive feelings (when you’re stressed at work or enduring a chaotic commute). But there are still little things you can do to remind yourself of all the good times and infuse your day with a tiny spark of joy, even if you’re feeling super stressed or blue.

How to Find Happiness in Everyday Life

In today’s musing, I will share with you some simple and effective tips to boost your happiness level, based on scientific research and personal experience. These tips are easy to implement and can make a big difference in how you feel and how you cope with life’s challenges.

Tip 1: Express gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions that can increase your happiness and well-being. According to a study by Emmons and McCullough, people who kept a gratitude journal for 10 weeks reported feeling more optimistic, more satisfied with their lives, and more connected to others than those who did not. Gratitude can also reduce stress, improve your immune system, and enhance your relationships.

To practise gratitude, you can start by writing down three things that you are grateful for every day, no matter how big or small. You can also express your appreciation to someone who has helped you or made your day better, either verbally or in a written note. When you focus on the positive aspects of your life, you will feel more abundant and joyful.

Tip 2: Savour the moment

Another way to increase your happiness is to savour the present moment and enjoy the experiences that make you happy. Savouring is the act of paying attention to and appreciating the positive feelings that arise from a pleasant event. Savouring can enhance your happiness by prolonging and intensifying the positive emotions, as well as creating lasting memories that you can revisit later.

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Do you want to savour the moment? To savour the moment, you can use your senses to fully immerse yourself in the experience, such as noticing the colours, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. You can also share your joy with others, such as by telling a friend about your good news or by taking a photo and posting it on social media. You can also reflect on why the experience is meaningful to you and how it contributes to your happiness at that moment.

Tip 3: Do something kind

Kindness is another powerful emotion that can boost your happiness and well-being. Kindness is the act of doing something good for someone else without expecting anything in return. Kindness can benefit both the giver and the receiver, as it can create a sense of connection, compassion, and generosity. Research has shown that performing acts of kindness can increase your happiness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction, as well as reduce your stress, anxiety, and depression.

To practise kindness is as easy as breathing. You can do something nice for someone you know, such as giving them a compliment, a hug, a poem, an unexpected note, or a gift. You can also do something good for a stranger, such as holding the door, smiling, or donating to a charity. You can also be kind to yourself by treating yourself with respect, forgiveness, and care. By spreading kindness, you will create a positive ripple effect that can make your world a happier one.

Never forget to remember that happiness is not something that happens to you, but something that you can create for yourself. By practising gratitude, savouring the moment, and doing something kind, you can increase your happiness level and enjoy your life more. These tips are simple but effective, and you can start applying them today to see the magic colour in the skylines of your heart with joyous sparks.

May you always find joy in the everyday moments, especially today. Stay in the light. I love you.

With ❤️

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

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Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections including 'Under the Sheets', 'Write Me A Poem', '30', 'Isms', 'Amina', and many others.

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