5 ways to bring happiness into your life

5 ways to bring happiness into your life

Happy people tend to live longer, are less stressed and perform better at work.

Being happy is an inside job. It depends how you address each challenge in your life. Work, relationships, finances, neighbourhood and so on...All of them can show some negative side effects that can temporarily de-rail you.

If you have a happiness system in place you are well equipped to whether any storm in your life. It all depends on your positive thinking and the contingency plan you may have to come up with in order to move forward with your life.

Here are my tips to find happiness even when the world is feeling a little hostile:

1) Create rituals at home. Begin your day with meditation and a healthy breakfast. If you have a family, sit down at the breakfast table and enjoy the first meal of the day together. It gives everybody a sense of togetherness and the day starts with a little bit of love.

2) Be grateful.

Seriously, be grateful for what you have in your life. This can begin with being grateful for having a roof over your head and food on the table. Consider what it would be like if you didn't have those things and experiences. Write down at least 5 things at the end of each day you are grateful for. The Universe will send you unexpected miracles.

3) Breathe deep.

Doing some deep breathing for just a few minutes a day can help you quickly find your centre and relieve external and internal stress. I do my favourite deep breathing exercise in nature. And that is what I do: Focus on each deep inhalation,feeling the air fill up your belly and lungs, then take a long, smooth exhale, feeling the air leave your body. Repeat this exercise between 2 and 5 minutes.

4) Refocus your thoughts.

Whenever you have a negative thought on your mind, tell it to stop. Say out loud: "Stop", and then refocus your mind on something positive. You can imagine laying by a beach, walk up a mountain or recall the last moment you have a smile on your face.

5) Help someone in Need.

This can be de-cluttering your wardrobe. Take the clothes you have not worn for at least six months to a charity of your choice. Become a volunteer at a charity. Help someone cross the road. Do a good deed often and never expect anything back for the favour you have done someone. The love you gave to that person or animal will come back to you hundredfold.