If you want to be happier, there’s good news. You don’t have to do anything dramatic or overly challenging to regularly put a big smile on your face. Only a few simple things are needed to experience greater levels of happiness. It’s much easier than you think.

Here at love thy body project our aim is to have EVERY woman feeling confident, and happy within their own skin, Why not use some or all of these ideas to enjoy greater happiness in your day-to-day life.

  1. Experience gratitude. Gratitude puts your mind in a positive state. Imagine the difference between feeling gratitude a few times each day versus focusing on your challenges throughout the day,

    Gratitude reminds you that things aren’t as bad as they seem. Life could be Worse, you have so much to be grateful for, spend some time each day focusing on the good things, those things you take for granted and what you have to look forward to.

  • 2. Exercise. It’s good for your body and mind. Here at love thy body project we incorporate exercise and healthy living as part of our live workshops, because exercise reduces stress and has so many other benefits for you including helping you sleep better. If you don’t have a physically demanding job, exercise is necessary for maximum happiness

  • 3. Look forward to something. It could be a weekend getaway, buying a new book after work on Friday, or seeing an old friend next month. Be it Big or small, give yourself something you can look forward to and incorporate it into your morning gratitude.

  • 4. Live in the present. Avoid spending too much time thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Life can only happen right now. If your mind is somewhere else, you’re not really living. Being present in the moment will help you to start enjoying the here and now, you will start to appreciate all you currently have, and you will soon notice you are living in abundance daily.

  • 5. Get an early start to your day. A good morning leads to a good day. A good day leads to a good week, and so on. One of the best ways to have a good day is to have a good morning. Give yourself enough time to have a great morning on a consistent basis. Wake up half an hour earlier than usual and enjoy watching the sun rise, a warm cuppa and a good book, or spend sometime in morning meditation and lose yourself in the present moment.
    Most of us don’t use the late evening hours productively, so go to bed and convert those late hours to early hours. Seize the day!
  • 6. Deal with the things that sap your happiness. Being happy isn’t only about positive things. It’s also about removing the negative. What are the biggest hassles and annoyances in your life right now? Take steps to minimize or eliminate them. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel. A lot of my clients find a good Facebook clear out leaves their social media in a much more positive light, where else could you take these steps to eliminating your pain points.

  • 7. Help someone else. It’s not all about you. There’s a part of you that instinctively knows this. I love supporting and helping others grow,  both adult and children alike, it fills me with joy to know I have made a positive impact and am contributing to my community, If everything in your life is about you, you’ll never be as happy as you could be. What can you do today to help someone grow?  

  • 8. Take action toward a goal. When you pursue a goal, you’re taking control of your life. You are making a positive action on moving your life in the direction of your dreams. This is very different from just responding to life’s curveballs. So Set a goal that sets your soul on fire and begin working toward achieving it.

  • 9. Forgive quickly. We don’t like to forgive others. We feel they don’t deserve it. Unfortunately, most of the people that have wronged you aren’t especially bothered by your opinions of them. You’re only hurting yourself by holding a grudge. So free yourself from their control you will feel so much better for it.

  • Forgiveness just means you’re not going to have negative thoughts over the issue anymore. It doesn’t have to mean giving the other person another chance.

  • 10. Learn something new. It should be unthinkable to live an entire year and not learn something useful or interesting. Each year should bring some personal growth. what have you always wanted to learn to do?  Get started today, and see how far you have come in a years time.

We all strive to be happy. It has been argued by many philosophers that it’s the only true drive we have, that everything we do is an attempt to feel better about ourselves or our lives. But remember true happiness is already within you. You hold all the power.

What it is that sets your soul on fire, has you feeling like a kid at Christmas?

Spend some time implementing these ideas and ask yourself what you need to be happier. Set a goal to increase the happiness in your life.