6 ways to feel happier…today and every day!

6 ways to feel happier…today and every day!

by Raven Ishak via Bustle

Feeling grateful about my life is something I never feel ashamed of; in my opinion, every moment should be cherished. But sometimes I tend to focus on the negative and forget ways to be grateful, even when it feels like things are just not going my way.

The great thing about gratitude is being more aware of what truly makes you happy. Sometimes I forget how awesome life can be and I tend to spiral into a depression when things aren't going my way. But even when times are tough, I try to focus on bringing positivity back into my life. Whether we like it or not, life is never going to be easy, and the one way to appreciate the little things is by starting to practice gratitude every single day. Life is full of surprises and positive moments, but sometimes you just need to search through the rubble to see what is lying underneath.

You might not be able to control every aspect of your life, but you can control your outlook on it. And what's a better way to live than with gratitude and positivity? I spoke with psychologist, Natalie Martinez, who gave a few tips on how to be more grateful in your life and learn how to enjoy the little things.

1. Start The Morning Off Right

Before you start your day, begin each morning by acknowledging what you're grateful for. This can fuel your day with positivity and possibly put you in the right frame of mind. According to Psychology Today, Russell Grieger, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, said, "By identifying and focusing on this to start the day, you can set the happiness tone for the day." Instead of checking on social media or your email right when you wake up, practice gratitude until it becomes a habit. Write down three things that you are grateful for in a journal. This act may make you feel more inspired and positive, which may help your own personal journey and career.

2. Spend More Time With The People You Care About

Hanging out with loved ones is a great way for you to feel more thankful in your life. According to The Huffington Post, Robert Emmons, a professor in UC Davis' psychology department and author of Gratitude Works, said, "Gratitude really helps us connect to other people." Emmons continued, "It actually strengthens relationships and relationships are the strongest predictors of happiness and coping with stress." If these people are positive influences in your life already, then surrounding yourself with them can make your outlook to life more positive and may even influence you to be happier…

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