How to boost your everyday joy

You don’t have to search far to find the joys of everyday life. By cherishing these moments, you do a lot to strengthen your mental health.

Here are some tips on what brings better mood and vitality to your everyday life:

The joy of anticipation

  • When you have something to look forward to, or when you’re recalling a good memory, it increases the level of endorphins. This reduces stress.
  • The joy of bringing joy to others gives a good feeling and is beneficial to your mental health.
  • Finding joy in something you have accomplished also gives a sense of mastery and improved self-esteem.
  • Enjoy the small things in everyday life – those that you take for granted.

Do something that makes you feel good

  • Take a walk, knit, read a book, meet friends, or do something that gives you energy. It doesn’t have to be tied to a specific activity; the most important thing is that you do something that is good for yourself and makes you feel good.

Practice being present in the moment

Taking the time to be present, to think, and reflect is a good thing to do. Happiness often involves being present in the moment; living here and now.

Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.

  • Set aside time for yourself and become more aware of how you feel.
  • You can practice letting thoughts and feelings flow without resisting them
  • You will become better at observing, you will learn more about yourself, and become more aware of what makes you happy, what gives you energy, and what you want to do more of.

Practice gratitude

Several studies confirm that practicing gratitude makes you happier and more content.

  • It’s about becoming more aware and actually enjoying what you have here and now, but also for what to come.
  • Shifting your focus to positive experiences helps you turn off negative thoughts and feelings.
  • You will see that life consists of both mastery and fine moments, which gives you a positive feeling and a sense of gratitude. It will help you change the way you think about yourself and your life.

We all have something to be grateful for. This is something you can practice to become mentally stronger.

How to learn to be more grateful

An easy way to start is by shifting your focus to all the good things in your life and what’s yet to come. It’s also a great way to remind yourself of what really matters to you.

  • Start by recording experiences that you appreciate in everyday life – what is good about this day?
  • Notice what makes you happy, when you achieve something, and what you like. It can be as simple as enjoying a good cup of coffee, going for a walk, meeting friends, appreciating a quiet moment, or a beautiful sunset.
  • Notice what it does to you. Enhance the experience by logging the moments. It makes you think about what you have experienced and what they did to you. It also makes you more satisfied and helps you deal with adversity.

It sounds simple, but it requires that you decide to set aside a few minutes regularly to do this. Perhaps the biggest challenge lies here – remembering to do it.

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