The United Nations has assigned March 20th as the international Day of Happiness! Yaaay! with the purpose of prioritizing political, economical and environmental plans in order to reach happiness and the well-being for everyone. Happiness is an abstract concept and it can have a different meaning depending on the person… but one thing we can all agree is that happiness is just the satisfaction of living… the good life!
One of the first philosophers that tried finding the meaning of happiness was Aristotle. He believed in the“Pursuit of Happiness” as the main purpose of human life, a collection of mental and physical virtues.
Here are 9 steps you can do to help you in your “Pursuit of Happiness”.
1. LIVE THE MOMENT
To live the moment is to be conscious and aware of the present, not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It is important to focus all your attention to what you are doing right now and embrace every moment. Every person you come in contact with, every conversation you have, enjoy the food that you are eating, every small treat that makes you happier; all of that deserves your full attention.
2. SEE THE GOOD IN OTHER PEOPLE.
You can either see people with your eyes or with your heart (Awww) We all have different perspectives of life, our actions, our feelings and every person is a whole universe of complex ideas that you may never have enough time to fully understand. Do not waste your time judging people, but instead take the time to meet the people around you with an open mind.
3. TRY NEW THINGS
Meet new people, attend different events, try new hobbies, travel to new places or learn how to play a new instrument. Discover something new every day, it will add to your knowledge. Get out of your comfortable zone and live new experiences… don’t get caught up in a monotonous routine.
Meditation can help you calm your thoughts and learn how to “turn off” those thoughts that are toxic. This is a time dedicated to yourself and disconnect yourself from the daily noise that adds stress to our lives. Meditation is a habit and requires commitment, you can start meditating with some easy breathing exercises but try not to fall asleep!
5. BE ONE WITH NATURE
We spend hours inside of classrooms, offices, driving, or just sitting at home. Spending more time outside with nature will help you clear your mind and just have a break. Something so simple like spending 10 minutes outside in the sunlight or a short hike with your dog can make a difference.
P.S. if it keeps snowing you’ll just have to build a snowman.
6. MOTIVATE YOURSELF
Do you enjoy what you do? Do you like your major? Motivation can help you explore your full potential and stop doubting yourself. Do not expect other people to motivate you, that is your responsibility. Set goals and work hard to achieve your expectations. Reward yourself more often; buy those concert tickets, book that trip that you always wanted or just treat yourself. Remember, if it makes it you happy, then it’s worth it and if it’s worth it do not quit it… no matter how hard it gets.
7. BE PART OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT
How you act is contagious and demonstrating behavior like optimism, gratitude, forgiveness or humor can help create a happier and healthier social environment. Acts of kindness can help inspire others to act the same way. It can be something so small like saying “thank-you” to the person who bothered holding the door for you!
8. VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER!
You can almost volunteer in anything you can think of, so find something that interests you and help make a change! Whether you care about the environment and sustainability or you can help at Kamloops Food Bank. It will also help you gain experience and you can expand your career horizons.
9. ASK FOR HELP
Let’s face it, everyone gets overwhelmed at times. Whether you are going through some personal issues, difficulty at university or not feeling 100% satisfied with a specific area of your life… it is okay to ask for help. Feeling supported and encouraged will help you feel at ease and more optimistic!
To help celebrate this day, comment below one step of your own that helps you in your “Pursuit of Happiness” using #myTRU!