Happiness: Can you actually train yourself to be happy?

Happiness: Can you actually train yourself to be happy?

After 2020 we all had to rethink what happiness really is for us. The good news is that there are ways you can train yourself to be a happier person no matter your natural disposition.

According to science, while your genes and the way you were brought up might have a great influence on your happiness levels, they are not set in stone. There are some skills you can learn to become a happier person. Science has proved that if your basic needs are met, your everyday habits and mindsets can really improve the way you feel. It is easier said than done, you’d say, but with intention and practice, making lots of little changes can have a big impact on your life. This is how:

1. Create kind memories

Helping others either by giving your attention, time or even a present has a profound effect on your mental wellbeing. Creating a “kindness bank” of memories can make you feel happier daily.

2. Ask for help

2. Ask for help

When you ask for help, you are allowing getting the helpers high, and also sending a message that you value what they can offer. When people are helped they are more likely to help others and eventually it’ll build a web of support.

3. Don’t criticize yourself

If you focus on the things you can’t do, it’ll only chip away at your self-confidence. Be as kind to yourself as you are to the people you love and focus on what you can do.

4. Be nice to your neighbors

4. Be nice to your neighbors

Having a friendly community will give you a place of belonging –this is paramount to your happiness. A simple smile and hello will make a connection that can boost happiness for both.

5. Connect with nature

Try to go for a walk in the park, spend time in natural spaces and look for moments of “awe” –it could be as simple as appreciating the immensity of the sea, or the feeling you get when you look at the moon and the sky and realize how small we actually are.

6. Work toward a goal you want to achieve

6. Work toward a goal you want to achieve

Don’t be competitive, set your own goal and it needn’t be anything too big. Like being able to commit to your workout routine or learning a new skill. Baking, sewing, painting or playing a new instrument will put you in a growth mindset and help you steer from the competitive mode.

7. Have some dark chocolate

Feel the texture of your chocolate and experience the taste, pay attention to that moment and let the endorphins fill your body.

8. Be grateful

8. Be grateful

Our instinct naturally focuses on what can go wrong, because our brain has developed to be alert to danger and risk. This makes it sometimes difficult to focus on all the good things that surround us, take some time to acknowledge them.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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