Are you battling depression or anxiety, in the process of recovering from addiction or just looking for ways to lead a happier life? Finding the happiness in small things is a great trait to on which to focus.
When surrounded by negativity, finding happiness in small things can be hard to do. However, it is essential to your mental health. Furthermore, a healthy mind is vital to your overall wellness, both mentally and physically.
Approximately 16 million adults, in the United States alone, had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. Worldwide, an estimated 350 million people suffer from depression. Just implementing one simple change in your lifestyle can make all the difference for you and those around you.
Why is this important?
Your mindset and your mental and emotional health contribute to the vibe you give off to others. This can determine the mood of the occasion. For example, if you seem distressed, the tension could easily be felt by others in the room.
Finding happiness in small things can be practiced in a variety of ways. One of these is meditation. It can be practiced in a variety of settings.
How do I do this?
If you have trouble finding happiness, find a special place to spend time alone. Locate a place that is quiet and somewhere you feel comfortable. Make it your safe haven. When you feel overwhelmed or just like you need a “pick me up,” spend some time in this safe haven meditating. Close your eyes, relax your body and focus on the good things. Finding happiness in the small things starts with thinking of the list of things you have to be thankful for and happy about.
Often, especially if you struggle with depression or addiction, you naturally focus on the negative things in life. However, it can be hard to find happiness in negative things. Make a conscious effort to focus on the positive instead.
Another tip to finding the happiness in small things is to take a step back and actually look at the small things around you. Avoid getting caught up in the bigger picture and focus on the small milestones along the way. Whether it is a small milestone in your recovery or a bit of happiness in your work day, be happy it happened. No matter how big or small the event or the victory, it is worth noting.
Several studies have revealed that creative hobbies such as sewing, crafting or are extremely good for us both mentally and physically. Explore your creativity and try different types things. Who knows? You may even be able to turn your hobby into a career!
What are the little things?
What makes the little things so great? Life is not made up of one big moment; rather it is made up of millions of little moments. While you may not have accomplished all 10 items on your to-do list on a particular day, focus on the 7 items you did complete. If you spend your life focusing on the disappointments, you are only left with dissatisfaction and depression.
There are so many life experiences that can be classified as a “little thing.” You could find happiness in shopping with a friend, coloring with your child or watching a movie with your significant other on a rainy day. The “little things” are personal to you.
Take control of your day – break it down into little experiences throughout the day and focus on what went right. Your mind, your body, your friends and your family will thank you for resonating such joy to them through finding your own happiness. Happiness and laughter are contagious!