International Happiness Day takes place every year on the 20th March, celebrating happiness and the right of all to strive for it.
The founder of International Day of Happiness believes it is a “fundamental human right” for all so, we’ve thought of five ways that you can implement to support your happiness.
- Exercise more - Studies by the University of Toronto have revealed that exercise can aid people who are suffering with mental health issues. This can be explained by exercise releasing good mood endorphins to contribute towards a happier mood – whether it’s a workout or a walk to the supermarket. Try and do more!
- Think positive - We know it’s a lot easier said than done but positive thinking can increase energy levels, creativity and productivity by as much as 30%. A negative mind frame can cause many complications, such as lack/excessive amounts of sleep, poor eating habits or none at all, leading to a lack of motivation. This all takes a toll on the mind – the key is to start thinking positive now and worry about the future later if you need to!
- Be mindful - Unsure what this means? It means that you concentrate and pay full attention to the current moment and accept it in a non-judgemental way. It’s now becoming a prevalent trend in psychology and medicine and we’ve noticed too with Yoga classes becoming a popular class choice for members. To start your mindfulness journey, grab your FREE Day Pass here and sign up to a yoga class - https://www.lifestylefitness.co.uk/free-day-pass
- Write down why you’re grateful - To develop happiness, feeling and thinking about the things you are grateful for as you wake up is great way to start. Research has indicated that it’s natural for the human brain to pay attention to the negative things in life, including – worries, tragedies, failures and discontent.
- Where do you want to be in life - “The heart goes where the head takes it, and neither cares much about the whereabouts of the feet” – Dr. Danial Gilbert. We often talk about the materialistic things in life we can’t have, but we hardly ever discuss what our state of mind would be like - because we’d be so carefree. Therefore, it’s imperative to concentrate on the priorities needed to get the life you want to live.
Need some happy? Research by Jacob Jolij has specified that music has a dramatic effect on perception: even if there’s nothing clearly identifiable, sometimes people still see happy faces when they’re listening to happy music.
So why not listen to our “Happy Hits” playlist? Especially made for today, it’s guaranteed to spread more joy and happiness!