Intro: HUMANS NATURALLY STRIVE TO DO BETTER. WE ALL WANT TO BE THE BEST POSSIBLE VERSIONS OF OURSELVES. GETTING THERE JUST REQUIRES A LITTLE WORK. IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER STUDENT, EMPLOYEE, MOTHER, DAUGHTER OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER YOU CAN BE, AND HOPEFULLY I CAN HELP. WHILE I’M NO EXPERT, I AM PRETTY GOOD AT FINDING PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERTS AND GETTING THEIR ADVICE. THAT’S WHAT I HOPE TO DO OVER THE NEXT NINE WEEKS, WITH A SERIES OF BLOG POSTS ALL ON THE SUBJECT OF “HOW TO BE BETTER.”

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Happiness is not a simple goal. Even when it may seem out of reach, progress is still possible. Being happy often means continually finding satisfaction, contentment, a feeling of joy, and a sense that your life is meaningful during all kinds of problems — that does not depend upon finding ease or comfort. Nobody is elated all the time, but some individuals are definitely more fulfilled than others. So what can we do to have that?

1. Change your thoughts

happiness-coverPeople have a natural tendency to remember negative experiences but forget positive ones. However, thanks to our natural adaptability, you can actually change the way your brain functions. It is possible to train yourself to be happier by seeking self-actualizing work and monitoring your thoughts.

2. Meditate/practice mindfulness

One of the best ways to change your thoughts is through meditation and mindfulness practice. Occupy your mind with positive thoughts, actively striving, seeking, working on goals and humming a tune, for happy effects on the mind and body. Focusing on your experiences in the present moment without judging them or yourself can help you become more compassionate to yourself and to others.

3. Cultivate optimism

There is power in intentions, having a purpose: Positive thinking is an important component of self-esteem and overall life satisfaction. Optimism is more than just positive expectations. It’s a way of interpreting everything that happens to ON-CF899_Happin_M_20170818182141you. Pessimism tends to explain the world in global, unchangeable, internal terms: “Everything sucks,” “I can’t do anything to change this,” “It’s all my fault.” Developing an optimistic outlook means thinking about yourself and your world in limited, flexible terms.

4. Exercise

Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. You don’t have to be depressed to benefit from exercise, though. Exercise can help you relax, increase your brain power, and evenimprove your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.

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