Does the feeling of happiness and well-being surpass financial achievements? Unfortunately, wealth is exactly what a majority of people, the younger generation especially, associate happiness with. People rarely think to explore happiness or well-being and what constructs these phenomena. If you do, you’ll be surprised at the multitude of things you’ll find out.
We discussed happiness and wellbeing in one of our podcasts with four experts and it was an eye-opening experience. So, we thought we would share their rich opinions on the constructs of happiness with you. Here are the 5 tips we gathered from the discussion.
- Invest in your relationships
As humans, we’re naturally social. In fact, people have a deep need to interact and maintain strong interpersonal relationships. This, of course, means that our relationships can have strong effects on our happiness.
Neuropsychotherapist and Relationship expert, Joanne Wilson explains that relationships thrive when both parties learn to communicate effectively. As you seek to connect, it’s important to maintain a balance, even when connecting with others, learn to create your “you” time.
- Create a Worksheet for Prompting Positive Emotions
“Without some sort of positive emotion I believe that you can’t really be truly happy,” says Anna Block, a nutritionist coach and founder of Anna Block. This reveals that happiness has close ties with our emotions. Knowing this, how can you make yourself feel positive emotions as often as possible?
Joanne explained that maintaining a mindset of gratitude and creating a worksheet for promoting positive emotions can help. This worksheet can answer questions such as “who are two people that I can call on if I’m worried about something? … What are five things that make me laugh? … What’s the five things I want to do to keep my heart rate up?
Referring to all these when you’re feeling down can help redirect your thoughts towards positive things.
- Activate the State of Flow through Practice
The state of flow is the mental position of being totally immersed in an activity. Anytime a person is in the “zone” or “flow” that person is totally involved in a certain activity and is enjoying it completely. When this is the case for you, your overall levels of achievement, satisfaction and happiness increase.
Anna Block advises that, to get into a state of flow, you should “identify what we call your character and then your highest strengths and talents…usually, the things you enjoy doing that naturally come to you”
Benny Wallington, a performance coach and founder of 101 tokens, says “the thing with flow, though, is that it’s all about practice and daily practice…If you’re not getting sleep because you’re worried, maybe there’s a form of practise that you can try – getting those practices in and making them simple enough that you can do anywhere and anytime is super crucial”
- Get Adequate Sleep
When your body fails to get as much rest and sleep as it needs, stress kicks in. This stress begins to tamper with your mood. Apart from affecting your mood, depriving yourself of sleep can lead to health complications which makes it even harder to achieve optimal happiness or well-being. Therefore, to sleep better, avoid exposing yourself to bright lights a few hours before your bedtime. Leave strenuous activities and exercise for earlier in the day as well as avoiding drinks that contain caffeine in the afternoon.
Happiness and overall well-being can affect you in ways you wouldn’t imagine. It can motivate you to pursue your individual goals, and help you live a more qualitative life. Invest in your happiness today by practising these 4 tips. What gives you a sense of happiness? Share your practices with us on instagram by tagging @dermhealth.co