Happy people are typically healthy people. It’s no secret that laughter, good company, and an overall positive outlook does wonders for mental and physical well-being. What does it mean to be happy? Do you sabotage your happiness thinking you’ll feel better once you get a raise, or buy a new car? The truth is that while material perks are great goals to have, you’re still going to find yourself looking for the next best thing.
Life is what you make it to be, and we all have the ability to choose how we respond to challenges each minute of the day. Optimistic people have a positive mental attitude and they see difficulty as a chance to learn, and perhaps how to change the outcome in the future. Zig Ziglar had a great quote saying, “You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”
Our society is a rat race, let’s be honest. Rarely do we take time to savor the moment, and consequently find ourselves feeling exhausted and run down. If I had to offer someone advice during times like these, it would be to make time to do what makes you the happiest. It can be as simple as sitting in the garden with a cup of tea, taking a leisurely stroll with your dog, or cooking a meal. Practice a glass half-full mentality, and make a priority of having something to look forward to each day.
I love the idea of keeping a jar or box of positive thoughts. Every time something good happens or you feel inspired, write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in. After a while, you can go back and read those joyful moments to remind yourself of how truly blessed you are!