Did you know every year on the 20th of March the International Day of Happiness is observed all around the globe to encourage the value of happiness and its effect on a person’s overall well being?
The world has observed so many challenging situations during the last few years. The challenges COVID-19 put us through was never so normal as it is now. People lost jobs, some have been separated from their families, many families lost their loved ones, and this entire situation has kept our happiness at all times low affecting our overall well-being, specifically our mental health.
Theme of this International Day of Happiness
The theme of this International Day of Happiness is “Build back happier“. Today on this day, encourage the smallest of the things that can make you happy, and improve your overall health.
Here’s a list of little yet simple things that can help you elevate your mood and make you happy!
Have one thing to look forward to before you start your day
If you are an avid book reader I’m sure the book ikigai (The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life) must have been one from the list. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read this amazing book, this step to a happy life was considered crucial. The book has very finely talked about how you need that one thing in your life that makes you look forward to starting your day and makes you excited to get up in the morning. This can be anything from your morning gardening routine, workout regime, or as simple as relaxing with your morning tea.
Spend time with your friends
Having good friends with whom you can have a good laugh can be very helpful in lifting your mood and making you feel mentally less burdened. Talk about light topics, share childhood stories, share similar interests, and make a good time out of whatever handful of people you consider friends. Having a good circle of people who motivate you and inspire you in some way or the other is crucial for your growth.
Make space for a hobby that makes you feel lighter
The hustle culture has made our environment a stressful one to thrive in and that has taken a toll on our mental health affecting our overall well-being. There is a lot of hub-hub around on how to build a “perfect life” but if the pandemic has taught us one thing then it is how important self-care is. Clear your schedule even for 30 minutes a day and engage in an activity that you enjoy the most. This will help you keep your sanity during these unpredictable times and help your overall well-being.