Today we celebrate the #InternationalDayOfHappiness! The day was first officially recognised in 2013 by the United Nations as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world, and we couldn’t think of a more important message than this one!
At Smiley we are all about spreading positivity and happiness, so on the #InternationalDayOfHappiness we took a little bit of time to research the best ways to start your day – everyday!
Try this simple routine in the morning to make sure every day is filled with happiness! 😀
Be grateful for the little things
Each morning, set aside a few minutes out of your schedule to write down three things that you are grateful for today.
It can be anything from the weather that morning, to the love of a family member, or even just that you had a particularly good cup of coffee! If you can keep this simple routine up for a month then it should coach you into feeling much more positive and optimistic in the long term, which in turn leads to better social interactions and has even been shown to increase productivity and success in the workplace. The simple power of happiness at work! ^^
Celebrate moments of happiness
Spend a couple of minutes each morning to writing in detail about one happy thing that happened to you the day before.
This helps to re-live the moment in your own mind, reinforcing the experience and banking that juicy positivity! Some people like to keep their writing private in a diary or journal, while others actually prefer sharing their positive experiences on social media or an online blog – there is no right or wrong answer, just whatever feels more comfortable to you. Much like the task above, if you can keep this routine up for just one month you should begin to notice a change in your mindset, as your brain is re-wired to seek out happy experiences!
An active body is a happy body!
If you are anything like me then you were probably hoping to get through this blog without being told to exercise, but unfortunately for both of us it’s a key part of getting yourself psyched up for the day ahead!
It’s not all bad news though, just 15 mins of cardio activity can be enough to get those endorphins pumping around your body. If you aren’t much of a runner, just power walking to the station instead of jumping on the bus is enough of a boost, or get creative with it – play some hide and seek with your little ones, do some kick-ups in the garden, or even just dance around your living room to your favourite song! ^^
Meditation and deep breathing
Get yourself set up in a nice comfy chair, and try to clear your mind of all the worries of the upcoming day. Spend a couple of minutes focusing on your breathing, watching your chest rise and fall, and imagining that you can see the air moving in and out of your lungs. Count to three as you breathe in, then count to five as you slowly exhale. The length of time doesn’t matter too much, just make sure that you are breathing remains slow and steady, and you breathe out for longer than in.
Share some love and happiness
Write a short letter, email, or message to someone, praising or thanking them for something nice they have done for you. This helps to grow and reinforce your social relationships in a positive way, as well as spreading happiness out into a wider circle of people that might just pay that positivity forward to others. Start your own Smiley epidemic on this #InternationalDayOfHappiness! 😀
Remember, Smiles are for life, not just for the #InternationalDayOfHappiness! 😉
The biggest issue facing people wanting to take steps to improve their outlook on life is that everything has to fit into an already crowded morning routine, but most of the simple activities above can be done while chowing down on your breakfast or sipping your morning coffee. It’s important to get your fix of endorphins and dopamine in the morning, and these activities are tailored to rewire your brain for positivity, and give you that boost to set you up for a happy day, everyday!
Don’t forget to check out our Smiley Facebook page to share our classic Smiley icon and spread some joy to your friends on the #InternationalDayOfHappiness! 😀