5. Take Time to Count Your Blessings
A lot of the time we become so busy trying to achieve our goals that we overlook the joy that is right in front of us. If you notice you are feeling discouraged by unmet goals or unfulfilled desires, take an inventory of your accomplishments and the simple beauty found in your life.
4. Pamper Yourself
Don’t fall prey to the temptation to put off pampering yourself until you have more money or higher status. Treating yourself can be as inexpensive and simple as taking a bubble bath, indulging in a piece of chocolate, or picking flowers to place on your table. Wear your favorite top, listen to your favorite songs, or sniff your favorite scent for an instant pick-me-up.
3. Treat Your Body to Nutritious Foods
You are what you eat, so if you are eating junk food and empty calories, you may be feeling the negative effects of your diet. Include colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet. These provide wonderful antioxidants that keep you healthy and improve your mood. Consume lean protein and whole grains to provide energy to keep you going throughout the day.
2. Volunteer Somewhere Close to Your Heart
Giving to others often reaps rewards for the giver. If there is a charity or group close to your heart, look for ways to volunteer your time. This may mean delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly, stocking shelves at your local food pantry, or spending time reading to the blind.
1. Nourish Your Spirit
A study by the Pew Research Center in Washington DC suggests that individuals who actively participate in a religious congregation are happier and more engaged in their communities. Participating in worship and fellowship with like-minded believers as well as spending time in prayer can nourish your soul and lead to a happier life.Related: Friendships as the Key to a Long, Happy Life