I’ve never been one to be especially “moody”, but just like everyone else there are times when I used to not be able to sleep because of a bad grade in school or something a friend said to me. One day I realized it wasn’t what was happening to me, it was how I was reacting to it. I decided to take control of my own happiness, rather than leaving my fate in the hands of my friend or teacher. Since then, I made the conscious decision to make sure I go to sleep happy every night. Here are my 5 steps to going to sleep happy:
1) Surround yourself with positive people. Happiness is contagious. If you’re with happy people, their happiness and energy will rub off on you. High-energy people will lift you up, while people who tend to be negative will bring out your cynical side.
2) Let go of anything negative that happened during the day. Those events are over and now you can move on from them. When you find yourself drifting, gently remind yourself to shift focus to the joys in your life. Positive thinking leads to lower rates of depression and distress, better psychological and physical well-being, and increased life span.
3) Practice gratitude. Often times we caught up in the daily grind and forget to think about what we’re grateful for. The trick is to make practicing gratitude a routine. Each night, go to sleep remembering the good by thinking of 3 things you’re grateful for that day. And don’t forget to also make someone else’s day better by telling him or writing him a happy note to express your gratitude. Two recent studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy – even happier than spending on ourselves!
4) Work up a sweat. Get those good ol’ endorphins kicking and get an immediate boost in your mood. Don’t know what to do or how to get started? No more excuses! Search for a gym, personal trainer or class here.
5) Meditate. Do you want to be more calm, peaceful, and happy? Carve out some “me” time and meditate. Meditation reduces tension and stress, builds self confidence, enhances energy, reduces anxiety, and so much more.
Which one of these steps do you think helps you the most? Are there any you would add? Let me know in the comments!