**6 Ways to Increase Your Happiness**

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
Oprah Winfrey

Today is the International Day of Happiness

stress-free professionalsToday, globally, people are paying attention to happiness: their happiness and the happiness of others. Whether they're doing random acts of kindness, sharing good news, laughing with others or celebrating life's little pleasures, people are consciously focusing on happiness today. Here's how you can, too, and be happier as a result.

6 Ways to Increase Your Happiness Today

Let go of the past.  It doesn't serve you to hold on to negative experiences, hatred, resentment, guilt or fear.  It's over.  Forgive yourself, forgive others (whether they know it or not) and move on.  The present is her today, the future is yet to be.  The past is done. Move on.

Find the good.  Actively look for good things happening around you.  In almost every situation, there is something good that can be found, even out of tragedy.  The sadness of the shootings in Florida led to young people all over America standing up and taking a stand for what they believe.  Their courage and determination is inspiring.  Whatever is happening, look for the good.

Sleep more and be less sensitive to negativity. According to a study by BPS Research Digest, fatigue contributes to sensitivity about negative emotions such as anger or fear. The more sleep you have, the more resilient and resistant you are to negativity coming your way.  Aim for at least 7 hours and grab a quick nap if you can.

Be with people who make you happy.  Sounds obvious, but how much time do you spend around whiners, complainers and critics?  Walk away from the "ain't it awful crew" and look for someone smiling, who makes you feel good about yourself.  If you need to, start collecting a new group of friends.

Do small acts of kindness for others.  It's really simple.  Pay for someone's toll or parking meter. Buy the person's coffee behind you.  Hold the door open and smile. Say a genuine hello to strangers.  Look a homeless person in the eye and smile when you give them food or money.  Sociologist Martin Seligman says, 'We scientists have found the doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested."

Be kind to yourself. A 2017 study published in Health Psychology Open showed people who with greater self-compassion  handle stress better.  They don't have as much of a physical stress reaction to negative happenings, like arguments or traffic,  and they release whatever stress they do have more quickly.  So when you make mistakes, be gentle with yourself.  Say nice things to yourself, forgive yourself, stop expecting perfection, and your day will be much smoother.

Your happiness is contagious and it impacts others.  Use International Day of Happiness as an excuse to shine your light brighter and see what a difference you can make.

Wishing you joy,



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