July 11, 2017
Let me ask you this question; if you could do things to make you happier, would you do them?
I assume the answer would be “of course.”
Because don’t we all want to be happy?
This is actually the pursuit of life, to be happy.
There are many means to achieve happiness, but that is not an area for me to discuss here.
But if there were simple things that you could do on a daily basis that would make your world happier, make you feel better about yourself and everything that was going on, would you do them?
If so, let’s begin.
Let’s Start With The Obvious.
So the obvious one considering my job would be exercise.
Now yes losing weight, toning up, getting healthy and all these things will make you happier, they will improve your confidence, your self-esteem, how you feel about yourself, how comfortable you are, etc.
The list is endless.
But I am talking about the actual act of exercise.
You see, since opening this studio I have had the great privilege of working with some truly incredible women who have suffered from bipolar and depression.
Exercise has been shown to help promote positive thoughts and better mental health.
And as always, I wanted to help these women as much as I could.
But what I didn’t realize was the impact this would have on their lives. One of my clients worked consistently with a clinic that specialized in mental health, both personally and professionally.
This clinic was filled with professionals who’s job it was to assist people with bipolar and severe depression.
One day my client came in and told me she had just been to a check up, and she wanted me to know that all of the professionals were blown away by her progress. That they hadn’t seen anything like it before, and they put it down to work being done in my studio.
I was shocked and very proud. To this day this is one of the highest praises I have received for my work. Because in my opinion all we had done was helped this woman with her fitness and created a safe and comfortable environment to pursue it.
And this simple fact with being held accountable to consistent exercise had changed her world for the better.
This is why I recommend that you get in as much exercise as possible every single week.
Because this will release endorphins, will boost your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment.
It will make you happier than you know, in fact after a little while most of our clients actually look forward to their sessions each day.
Cue The Music – “We Are Family.”
Get amongst good friends and family (or find some new ones). Being around positive and happy people will rub off on you and actually boost your mood.
This is one of the reasons why we exclusively offer semi-private training. Because getting in and working hard with others is so much more fun than doing it on your own.
You would be shocked at how often there is laughter, jokes, and fun going on during the sessions.
Not to mention the friendships that are made in here as well.
So I would highly recommend spending time with people who are going to elevate your mood and bring joy to your life. Combining exercise and good people is just the perfect combo for a mood booster.
All About The ZZZZ’s
It’s funny how we keep coming back to things that I have spoken about before but have you ever noticed how when you get tired that you get grumpy, and short with people?
Or is that just me?
Either way, getting good quality sleep is going to boost your mood every single day.
And if you aren’t sure about the best way to do this go back and check out the recovery series, we go into detail about how to improve the quality of sleep to make sure you are waking up refreshed every day.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of nutrition in your happiness, eating junk on a regular basis is going to leave you feeling crap within yourself and thus affecting your mood.
Or even if you are eating decently and you hit that 3 o’clock slump and your mood just goes down hill.
Getting your eating habits right will sort this out in a flash.
If you are unsure on the best ways to do this, fill out one of our applications for a free Transformation Session and book your call and I can walk you through it from there.
Say Thank You
This is something I remind my niece of all the time, don’t forget to say thank you.
But it is something that I find most of us forget as we grow up, myself included.
To be grateful.
Now, this may sound very woo-woo but give it a go and see what happens.
But quite literally giving thanks for the things in your life will give you a boost and make you feel like life is great.
I try to do this on a daily basis.
While on my drive to work I mentally list off all the amazing things in my life that I am grateful for.
And then later in the day, I will write down the list.
A lot of things appear on the list every day, my family, my wife, my clients, my health, etc. And then there are ones that just pop up for that day.
But making a conscious note of the great things in your life even if it is as simple as a sunrise or sunset will instantly make you happier.
I have covered this one a few times, but that’s because it is a big one.
Taking a moment and breathing in through the nose for 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds and breathing out for 4 seconds, doing this 3-4 times, will boost your willpower, your mood, and your focus.
Not a bad outcome for taking a pause for less than a minute.
Disconnect and Recharge
I am a massive fan of technology, in fact, I am the guy who has to buy all the new toys when they come out.
Like I have skins that have EMG’s in them to track how hard my muscles contract when I workout. Awesome right!
Perhaps just me again.
But in today’s world, we are so heavily addicted to technology that we never seem to get away from it.
So taking some time to move away from it all will certainly help.
Especially because things like your phone and apps on it are designed to release little hits of serotonin, so it honestly like being a junkie every time you open it you get a release.
Don’t worry I am heavily addicted to my phone.
But getting away from it will allow you the chance to actually find some enjoyable things and be present.
Mmm Fresh Air
Following on from the previous tip, getting out into fresh air (tech free) and amongst nature will do wonders for your health overall. But in that instant, your happiness and your mood, in general, will improve dramatically.
I aim to get a least one walk a week in out in the bush; this is made extra easy by where we live, but still helpful.
To the point where I have now organized a walking group on Sundays for my clients to reap all those amazing benefits, (and again getting out with amazing people.
You Are My Sunshine
That’s right, getting out into the old sun will do wonders for you.
Natural sunlight improves your vitamin D levels, low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression.
This is one of the hypothesized reasons why England has one of the highest rates of depression in the world (lack of sun).
Getting 15 minutes a day of sunlight is usually enough to keep you in a healthy range. But if you are still worried you can supplement with a capsule of vitamin D, 5000IU a day.
That’s All Folks
So there, you have it some straightforward and yet effective ways to brighten your day and elevate that mood for you.
As always remember don’t just read this, make sure you implement as well.
Because nothing changes without action.
So I will be back on Thursday with an incredible article on “How To Start Changing Your Life Today” so make sure you don’t miss that one.
Lachlan “Over Flowing With Happiness” Farley