Instant Happiness – How To Experience It Now
Let me start this post with the words once said by a Sage “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama. That’s it. There he said it all. You’re feeling low, because you did something that made you feel low. You’re high on spirits, probably, you did something that made you feel the joy within.
I won’t find or ponder over the cause why I’m feeling low right now, all I want is to cheer up my soul right here, right now. To experience the instant happiness, instant joy within, to revive the spirit.
But to feel that joy within every then and now, here are some tips to experience instant happiness now.
- Think Of A Happy Moment – A flashback of something you really enjoyed lately. Smile of a baby, cuddling up with the beloved ones, or funny instance from your favourite movie/sitcom.
- Go out, alone - Go out, explore the nature. In this fast-track life, sometimes people forget to appreciate the nature, its beauty and everything it has to offer in its pristine form. Take a walk, alone, and keep on repeating the first step. Explore and embrace the beauty that surrounds you. The birds, the brooks, the mountains, green lush gardens, children playing and jollying around. Try to interact with them, if you could.
- Slow down – Yes, there’s no need to rush. Live in the moment. Take deep breaths or two or more. Forget everything for a moment and just slow down, take a seat. Just you and deep breaths and the sound of clock ticking. Experience the silence.
- Exercise - Get up, run, few squats or cycle the stress down. It’s one sure shot way to get back in mood. A quick workout is all you need to beat the stress down and claim your instant smiley face.
- Cry - As hard as you can. It’ll empty your spirit, which then, is ready to be feed something fresh, something that brings joy. Kripalvanandji said, “Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga”.
- Express your emotion – Write it down, speak your heart to loved ones or break a glass or two(smash it hard on the floor or the wall there in front), if you’re feeling that angry or helpless. That’ll calm you down.
- Grooming – From shabby looks to a complete gentleman, just about to rock the party. Trim the beard, or nails or anything adds more beauty to your looks. It brings such a positive vibe, instantly.
- Clean your work-station or room - Let the anger(or any negative emotion) find the way out of your body in just another way, and that may come from cleaning your work-station or room. Clean and shiny work-space would not only boost your productivity, but it gives a positive feel to the heart and soul.
- Hot shower - Hot shower will help you instantly relax your mind and body.
- Call a friend - Call your loved ones or friends, talk no sense, laugh out loud on silly jokes they crack during the conversation. Or share what’s troubling you, seek solutions. Or even better, express how much you appreciate them, love them.
- Play with your pet - Express love to your pets, as if there’s no tomorrow. Such small gesture would left such an imprint on their soul and in return you’ll receive unconditional love from them, which would eventually boost your mood.
- Joy of Giving - Joy of Giving, there are people less luckier than you, bring smile on their face by giving something that they can’t afford. Talk to them, play with them is another gesture, could be counted as “Joy Of Giving”. Now, Happy You!
- Music - Something loud, or whatever eases your mood, but prepare yourself to listen some mood uplifting music. It has the power to shift your mood from sad to happiness in 3 minutes 30 seconds. Just get the right song/track in your “Playing Now” list and let it work it out for you.
- Meditate - Just seek some silent corner in your house, sit on a chair or arrange pillows like a pro. Forget everything for 5 minutes, and meditate. You can use some meditational music if that brings your mood into meditating state. But 5 minutes, or 2 minutes would relieve the stress, for sure.
- Appreciate what you’ve - Pen and a paper, or open a text-editor and write 5 things you love or appreciate the most in your life. Anything it could be, qualities of your beloved, relatives, or a recent positive/happy change you relish or anything that life has brought and you cherish it as a gift. Or a recent happy surprise. Anything it could be.
- Get your hands dirty - Built something out of thin air. Write poetry/prose, clay-play, sketch or paint if you like. Forget perfection, precision, just let your hands flow and let nature brings it in its own unique way. May be some DIY work, you could try or mend something that you always wanted to, but not getting time for it. It’ll distract the sadness away.
- Read something funny or positive - Joke or two or few good ones will cheer you up in no time. Or you can read a positive book or quotes at Goodreads.com, whatever cheers you up.
- Do things you always wanted to do - Yes, everybody has 2-3 things down their to-do lists, they always wanted to do, but get postponed on their own course of time. Just complete or start any one of them right away. It’ll keep you busy and brings happiness as it gets accomplished.
- Gardening - Maintain a small garden, you can spend little time there if you’re not feeling for a workout session. Gardening, in itself is a great workout and there’s nothing better than waking up to a fragrance of fresh flowers, or cooking the organic veggies produced as a result.
- Nap - Right after a tearing work-out, or crying your soul out, or hot-shower, you can also choose to take a nap. Decide not the time when to wake up. Whatever it is troubling you, sleep it over.
- Or just feel this while you read it. Don’t worry, just be happy. You are already free.
“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” – Hafiz of Persia
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.” ― Orson F. Whitney
“Head up, heart open. To better days!” ― T.F. Hodge
And, what is it you do to experience the joy within? Do share with us.
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