How to Be Happy Again

Happiness is defined differently by every person. What does it even mean to be happy?

There are so many ideas and perspectives when it comes to considering happiness. We can start by saying that happiness is characterized by a sense of contentment, pleasure, or joy.

Truthfully, our own happiness is whatever it means to us specifically. Not everyone will agree on what that is, but that’s to be expected because no two people are alike.

For most of us, happiness is within our reach, just waiting for us to grab it. And if we feel that it has slipped away somehow, sometimes we just need to take the necessary steps to get back to our happy place.

Once we eliminate all that’s deterring us from reaching our ideal space, we’ll be glad that we did.

Do you feel overwhelmed or alone? Are you having trouble liking the way you look? Is shame potentially holding you back?  If any of these are true, then it’s time to address the negative feelings so we can work past them.

It should be mentioned that a therapist or mental health professional can help to address these roadblocks and provide tools that can help overcome them. And if you or someone you know is struggling with issues of perceived depression, it can be beneficial to reach out to a pro.

How to Be Happy Again

The good thing about happiness is for the most part, even if you’ve lost it, you can find it again. It’s still attainable whether you decide to reach back for a past feeling, or move forward towards some new unchartered territory.

Life is unpredictable, and we aren’t ever promised feelings of constant joy, but we can strive to have more good days than bad.

And during those bad days, we can appreciate the good that we’ve experienced in the past.

If there’s something in your life that isn’t bringing you happiness, you’ve got to let it go. That can sometimes include various relationships, even family, friendships, or a spouse or partner. It can be difficult to just cut someone loose, but it’s worth our peace of mind.

Choosing the company that we keep is so imperative in life. Recognize that not everyone means well, and it’s important to be aware of that.

Prioritize Your Own Happiness

If we’re unhappy with ourselves, who’s ultimately responsible? You know the answer.

As simple as it may seem, a lot of the time we forget to take care of ourselves. Whether it’s because of a busy work schedule, marriage, kids, family, or even pets and friends, many people get little to no self-care.

Taking time out for ourselves daily can impact our mood, stress level, concentration, and productivity. Allowing ourselves a moment to recharge not only allows us to be our best self but opens a window of opportunity for lending a hand to others.

Develop your own interests, find what truly makes you happy. When it comes to hobbies, the possibilities are endless. We can be as adventurous, creative, mysterious, or outgoing as we want. We can try out a new hobby alone or with friends.

Hobbies can serve as a fun distraction, also helping to decrease stress, and puts our focus on something fun or different.

Exercise also has so many perks. The endorphins that we receive from exercise and physical activity are like a reward for our brain. All it takes is about thirty minutes of movement to gain those natural feel-good hormones to improve our mood and health.

Our diet is even more important than exercising because what we put in our body determines how our body responds. A healthy balanced diet will positively affect our mood and overall being. If we eat poorly, such as indulging in fried, high sodium, or high-sugar foods, our organs will respond negatively. As a result, we can develop hypertension, or even diabetes.

Before embarking on our happiness journey, it’s helpful to list what makes us happy and what doesn’t. After we make that list, we’ll better understand what we need to work on to bring more happiness and peace into our lives.

Final Thoughts

Having a good support system is also known to help improve happiness and well-being.

Just knowing that others are there for you can go a long way. Make it a priority to only allow people into your life that are beneficial to your mental health, and you should be to theirs as well.

Remember to be gentle with yourself and take baby steps. I wish you the best.

Sources and Further Reading:

I Want to Be Happy Again

How Can We Measure Happiness?

Does Culture Affect Happiness?

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