Want more happiness in 2019? We’ve listed six things you can do to lift your mood and make you a much happier person in the new year — instantly!
In 2018, Singapore ranked 34(a steep drop from its 2017 ranking of 26) in The World Happiness Report.The report was based on six key variables, including income, social support and generosity.
While it’s true that happiness can come from the possession of material items like money, branded items and even a new promotion, the truth is, acquiring these items bring short-term happiness.
Sherry further goes on to point out that things like family, friendship and fostering gratitude are factors that bring more long-term happiness. “Real happiness is not a destination — it’s a journey.”
So, as we start winding down for 2018 and ring in the new year, here are some things you can do to start becoming mentally happier (and healthier).
Start making a list of all the things you’re thankful for
Got a minute? Start making a list of all the things that you’re thankful for. Whether it was a compliment given to you by a stranger or for the family you have, writing out all the things that make you feel happy and grateful can do wonders for your mood.
Need a place to start? kikki.K has Mindfulness and Happiness workshops that are hosted in store for you to take part in. Find out more here.
Spend more time with people who make you feel good about yourself
One of the best ways to improve your mood is to surround yourself with a support network of friends and family that lift you up.
According to the Health Promotion Board’s Health Hub, it’s important to have a number of strong relationships with the people in your social circle as they may offer different perspectives.
Make an effort to check in with your loved ones regularly. You might actually brighten their day too!
(Also read: Do These 4 Yoga Poses to Feel Happier Instantly)
Quit being judgemental and ditch negative comments
Passing judgment and other mean comments do nothing but create negative energy around you. The next time you find yourself tempted to criticise others, consider giving them the benefit of the doubt instead. It’ll make you a more compassionate and empathetic person.
While spreading some compassion and care, you may enjoy a bout of helper’s high at the same time. If you look closely enough, there are plenty of opportunities to help people every day. You can even start small by holding the door open for someone. Alternatively, here’s a list of charities in Singaporethat you can volunteer at.
(Also read: 7 Healthy Ways to Deal with Depression)
Improve your physical health
Your physical health and mental wellness are closely linked so be sure to eat foods that fuel you in all the right ways. For instance, go for good carbs and spread out your intake across the day so you don’t experience sugar highs and crashes. While at it, cut back on refined sugar and alcohol. Exercising also helps trigger feel-good endorphins.
Indulge in me time
Whether it is simply sipping a good cup of coffee at your favourite cafe or binge-watching a TV series in bed, try to fit in some solo time once in a while to rest and recharge. It’ll definitely do wonders for your mood!
(Also read: 8 Great Reasons to Have More Me Time in 2018)