How to be happy? 10 factors that contribute to your happiness

What is happiness?

Is it a goal? Clearly, it is not. It is a feeling.

Happiness is a feeling just like all other feelings. And the tendency to classify feelings as good or bad is not properly right.

Indeed, some feelings are just better than others. But all feelings are part of who we are, and ultimately we should accept this truth.

Wanting to feel happy is an unexplainable quest. But it is just part of who we are.

And if being happy was as easy as making what makes us happy then, there wouldn’t be many books, tutors, and psychologists trying to turn us to happier human beings.

The answer to how to be happy? Question differs depending on our concept of it.

But there are some Known things that enhance happiness feelings in all humans.

And these are:

Mood support foods

Food is our fuel. It is normal that it affects everything related to us.

The foods we eat affect how we feel, how our skin looks, and even, how we over time, change and evolve.

Food has been attached to happiness in so many life scenarios.

If you ask someone about what they do when they feel depressed, the answer would be a cup of cola, some chips, or a juicy piece of pizza.

Yes, these food choices may bring a short feeling of relief! But in the long run, this is no use.

On the other hand, healthy food choices such as a handful of nuts, a plate of your favorite salad, poultry, or fermented foods are still delicious and healthy and are proven to level up your happiness levels.

So make sure to prepare some healthy mood-savers when it starts to feel a little blue.

Physical exercise

Do you regularly exercise?

If not, I hear you. You know you are already missing a lot.

So why not do it on a daily bases or whenever your mood needs a boost.

When we feel low, we tend to stay stable, not moving, on the couch, or in bed.

This is the retreat state, and it is totally fine to take some breaks of life drama sometimes.

But if you find yourself staying in the retreat mood more than often, then you need to rethink about changing your physical state, from stable to moving.

Deciding on to go to the gym, swim, and dance or go on a walk with yourself could be enough to help you feel better right away.

Going early to bed

Want to be happier?

Sleep early!

All the magic happens after 10 pm, so you want to make sure to go to bed before that.

If you get enough sleeping hours at night, your body hormones, including happiness hormones, are in balance.

Not sleeping enough hours a night for just one day has the power to ruin your entire day.

Getting enough rest, on the other hand, will leave you more energetic and positive. You get to have a clearer mind, and your focus and productivity are twice as normal.

And if you suffer from sleeping troubles, make sure to know exactly the cause for this and fix the issue.

Eating before bed, some chronic diseases, certain vitamin deficiencies, and stress are the main contributors to poor quality sleep at night.

Sunlight and D vitamin

There is a reason why the sun exists, and that is to enjoy its benefits!

The sun has the power to modulate your hormones and trigger, the release of serotonin and melatonin both are responsible for your happiness and sleep.

Low levels of serotonin have been linked to feeling blue and many other mental illnesses.

Once the sunlight touches your skin, your body starts the process of producing D vitamin.

30 minutes in the direct sunlight and without sunscreen allows your body to produce 10,000 to 50,000 International units of D vitamin.

D vitamin is essential to feeling happy. It also aids in lowering the symptoms of many diseases.

You can get D vitamin from food, the sun, or dietary supplements. 

Social connections

We can be happy alone but for a certain period of time.

Obviously, we are a part of a larger world, a larger community, and it is natural to go and communicate often.

Because eventually, nobody wants to feel alone.

Feelings of sadness and unhappiness may sometimes arise from the fact that we feel lonely in this world.

Feeling empowered by communicating with your friends, partner, family members, and your pet or even strangers have a positive effect on your happiness.

Social connections allow you to have more belonging, security, and support, which are all basic feelings for every human to be fulfilled and happy in life.

Meditation

” Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak” Ma Jaya

Meditation practices and concepts differ, but eventually, they all agree that it lets you choose a state, object, or anything else to stay focused on!

When you meditate, you choose consciously to focus on what you decided on before starting to meditate.

This practice is highly beneficial to help you manage your focus in daily life even when you’re not meditating.

In life, this means that you will be better at choosing what to focus on and what to neglect.

Meditation supports your conscious focus on the good rather than the bad.

Starting small also counts. A few minutes a day should be enough.

But it matters to stay consistent on the habit if you want more everlasting feelings of fulfillment and control in your life.

Letting go

If you are about your personal growth, you are likely aware of the term letting go.

If this is the first time to know about it, it means to take the decision and act upon leaving those hunting dark thoughts, hurtful feelings, and destroying acts of people around you that do not serve you, empower you, or help you be your best self.

The first thing you need to do in order to let go is to decide on what are the things you hold as burdens.

Make your own list. And then, accept what you couldn’t change and allow yourself to be free.

Put a plan for what can be changed and start moving forward.

Immediately, you will feel light and free.

It always helps to let go. Want to be happy?

Practice letting go.

Everyday self-care

How your skin looks now? How does it feel inside? Is an answer to whether or not you give yourself enough care!

How much care do we need depends on our character type, the difficulties we have been through, and how we were raised to receive external life events.

So restudy your past and never assume you take care of yourself if you feel you are not being looked after!

If we are broken, it may feel complicated to consider small habits of self-care enough.

But simple acts as leaving a busy day to drink a cup of water or breathe some fresh air, repeatedly, may help.

How we value and treat ourselves has a major role in our well-being, happiness, and longevity.

Because:

” Our relationship with ourselves is the one that lasts from the day we were born till the day we die.”

Take a small part of your time to identify how you truly see yourself. Start valuing you and fix your broken pieces.

By giving you the time, space, and care you deserve to excel in life and…

NEVER skip a day!

Having fun

Are you enjoying life? Or do you take everything seriously?

Even if you don’t show it!                

Which person are you?            

You shouldn’t be one; you should be both.

If we take life too seriously, we end up drained, and if we, on the opposite, take it too easily, we end up regretful.

Being serious is beautiful, but being drained sucks. Our brains need to have fun too.

Sometimes all we need is to engage in an amusing hobby or game to have fun and get distracted.

It is just a shortcut to being happy, enjoying life, and appreciating the pleasures life offers.

Pick that one or many things you know you have fun when you do and plan to do them the nearest time possible.

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude

Changing your state from sad and depressed to happy and motivated sometimes becomes hard.

One written paper about the things you are grateful for is enough to strengthen your bonds with your existence in life and release more and more of happiness hormones.

Gratitude can be practiced in many ways: you can say it, write it or listen to someone who talks about it.

But what matters is to feel it regardless of how you receive it.

There are many things you can be grateful for in your life. Start noticing and embracing those and then tell us how it feels?

Better? Right?

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12 thoughts on “How to be happy? 10 factors that contribute to your happiness

  1. I completely agree that one has to work on their own happiness and it’s not simply which simply comes. I love that you include diet, sleep, and exercise because they are the foundation upon which all else is built. If one of those is off, it’s a lot tougher to find happiness. Great post – thanks so much for sharing!

    1. ” one has to work on their own happiness and it’s not simply which simply comes. ” Totally agree with this! And, yes, diet, sleep, and exercise are the foundation. Happy you enjoyed it ♥️

  2. The thing that has really worked for me is going to bed early and self care. 2020 was a year where I’ve worked harder than ever and these tips have really helped put things into perspective about how I can bring balance and happiness into my life! Thank you!

    1. Yeah, going to bed early and self-care are two major factors. Every step towards enhancing our own happiness counts! Happy for you and glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. Very good post about the factors that contribute to one’s happiness. Highly informative and nicely written. Keep up the good work.

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