Increasing Your Happiness

Increasing Your Happiness

As we go about our day meeting the numerous deadlines and schedules which are thrust in our path, we tend to forget about our happiness. Increasing happiness in our lives is paramount to our success in all avenues.

The hippocampus is the area of our brain that is responsible for our happiness and our positive attitude. With the right balance of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins running through the hippocampus we can ensure a steady flow of happiness.

So how can we help it along?

Thankfully, happiness can come from many sources and a little bit each day has been known to reap big rewards.

What makes you happy?

When was the last time you felt truly happy? Can you pinpoint an exact moment? It might not even have been a major life-changing event.

Enjoying an ice-cream cone on a hot day or buying a bunch of flowers can set off major triggers in our happiness zones. It could even be a welcoming smell to get those endorphins flowing – coffee, vanilla, chocolate, lavender – they all have the ability to make us happy, even if only for a moment.

Happiness may be a universal trait, but we all have our individual settings which can make or break our day.

Tap into the happiness memory banks

Now think about your favourite meal. What could it be? Pizza. Tacos. Steak. Sushi. Now imagine yourself eating it, savouring each individual mouthful. Yum!

Or take yourself back to a single happy moment in time. Where were you? Were you with others? What were you doing? Try to relive the moment in your mind’s eye.

We all have these individual moments which are ingrained in our memory banks that can increase our happiness levels at a moment’s notice.

Smile more, smile often

Did you know that smiling more is one of the best things you can do for your body and everyone else around you?

  1. It is contagious. Smile and watch the reaction around you. Have you ever looked at a child laughing and spotted how their tiny actions can have a cascading effect on an audience?
  2. Our moods are instantly lifted even when the smile is forced.
  3. We look great when we smile. And when others around us smile, they look great too.

Mother Teresa said,

“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”

And it is so true. One smile can change the attitude of a whole office. Try it and see.

Sure-fire ways to be happy

  • Surround yourself with happy people. Negative people will drag you down in an instant. If you ensure you interact with happy people, then your mood will remain buoyant for the most part.
  • Spend each day thinking about something you enjoy doing. It will allow you to be happy more often.
  • Maintain your health to optimum levels. A healthy person is a happy person.
  • Understand what it is that makes you happy. Then set out to achieve it.

Failure to be happy either at work or at home can impact other parts of your life. Stress and discord at work can bleed into your personal life and unhappiness at home can affect your ability to perform at your best. Therefore, it is in your best interests to increase your daily dose of happiness as much as you can.

 

Glenise Anderson

<p>Glenise is the Director of SR Group and Self Confident Women. Her passion lies in increasing confidence and emotional intelligence levels of individuals and teams, creating higher productivity and happiness. She is a speaker, qualified Trainer, Advanced Consultant in Extended DISC, Coach & Mentor.</p>

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