Hunt for Happiness Week:
Reflection & Meaningful Happiness
Featuring, Brittney Moses, WeShare Ambassador & Mental Health Author
While many of us spend a lot of time striving for happiness, it’s normal that most of us will live life in a neutral state with moments of happiness that we should hold onto!
It’s okay if you don’t feel happy all the time; however, we can learn to be content and grateful as an attitude and way of life, which is much more sustainable for our overall mental well-being.
As we enter Hunt for Happiness Week, we want to encourage you to reflect on what happiness means to you.
Read-on for 40 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Mood…
Focus on Ways to Breathe Joy & Happiness Into our Lives
Connection & Community Play a big Role
In the words of the renowned Austrian neurologist and psychologist Victor Frankl, “For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued, it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or is the byproduct of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
Whether you’re guiding a child or helping your friends through a tough situation, consider taking some time to mentor, love, and care for those around you- as well as seek mentorship in the areas you’d like to challenge yourself to grow in!
God calls us to share His blessings, His Word, and His light, which we can use to comfort and mentor others in our life.
Here are three ways I plan on mentoring others in my life this month:
- Being a present and active listener.
- Encouraging the potential in others, especially when it’s hardest to see in themselves.
- And celebrating their achievements and how far they’ve come.
Giving Back to Others is Part of What Makes Life Fulfilling
We are Intertwined in our Experiences & Life Journey
Proverbs 11:25 – “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
That’s why WeShare in National Mentoring Month this January!
Here are 40 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Mood:
- Journal 10 things you’re grateful for.
- Take a shower / Run a nice long, scented bubble bath.
- Sing your favorite song out loud, have a heart full of song!
- Take a walk outdoors or sign-up for our member-first FitBod Subscription.
- Exercise to release endorphins in the brain, which can help to really boost your mood!
- Say a prayer and completely give God your worries.
- Go on a lunch or coffee date with a friend.
- Have a warm beverage like tea, coffee, or hot cocoa.
- Practice a random act of kindness.
- Volunteer or get involved with a volunteer group in your church / community:
The Bible says that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25). Giving back and shifting your mindset to meeting the needs of others makes the world a little bit bigger than your problems.
- Get your favorite scented candle and let the aroma fill your room; smells can instantly feel calming, comforting, or familiar to us.
- Turn up your favorite music and de-clutter your desk or room.
- You’ll feel great afterward when all the clutter is gone, your mind will be at peace, and you’ll feel productive.
- Take a power nap, as sleep deprivation can be a major source of low moods.
- Revisit old hobbies and passions.
- Try adding writing, singing, thoughtful prayer, painting, hiking, baking, word puzzles, or activities that bring you joy!
- Find a new hobby or interest by sign up for a local class to learn a new language, recipe, sport or skill.
- Buy some flowers for your room or desk, as plants can be serene and bring life into a room.
- Visit the park, pack a lunch, and read a book.
- Get some sunshine: Get outdoors and be with nature!
Did you know?
Serotonin is a chemical that is known for stabilizing mood balance. Sunlight is a source of Vitamin D that supports neurochemical serotonin production.
Getting a good amount of sunlight can be very beneficial, especially if you’re mostly inside.
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40 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Mood:
- Color in an adult coloring book with a new box of colored pencils.
- Remind yourself that you won’t always feel this way: Breathe ‘In with the positivity, out with the negativity.’
- Get a massage, go for acupuncture, or schedule a chiropractic visit.
- Accomplish a short-term goal.
- Stand up, stretch, and do a slow breathing exercise.
- Decide not to complain about a single thing for the rest of the day.
- Watch the sunrise / sunset.
- Tell someone you love them, miss them, or are thinking about them.
- Print out a picture of one of your favorite memories and post it up on your wall or desk.
- Eat a refreshingly sweet bowl of fruit.
- Redecorate your room or desk.
- Play a board game with family, friends, or loved ones.
- Meditate, pray… Slow down, breathe in a quiet space, and release every negative thought that is not of God.
- Write down each negative thought and then rip them up or challenge them with positive thoughts.
- Buy or cook a really good meal and eat it slowly. Enjoy every bite.
- Give up the need for control and trust God is working in your life.
- Recognize that you’re having an off moment not a bad life: Don’t let yourself be defined by your feelings.
- Go enjoy live events such as music, a comedy show, or a dance performance.
- Sit and refresh by a lake, river, ocean, or large body of water.
- Get counseling to help gain perspective on your life and managing your mental health effectively.
About the Guest Contributor:
Brittney Moses, UHSM Ambassador, Mental Health Author, Lifestyle Creator, & Faith Advocate
Ambassador of UHSM, Brittney Moses is a mental health Author, Lifestyle Content Creator, and Advocate over integrating faith, culture, and wellness into one’s life. A mom and Los Angeles native, Brittney walks in-faith, using an informed approach to mental health. She is deeply seated in compassion for those she serves, from churches to youth non-profit ministries, Brittney Moses is a NAMI-certified Support Group Facilitator and Crisis Textline Counselor. Brittney Moses encourages others through a variety of mental health crises, and helps others through practical, holistic, and an evidence-based approach. Her latest publication and book, Worthy, helps others to focus on clarity and peace every day.
You can grab your very own copy of Worthy directly on the Amazon book marketplace!
You can also follow along with us during our #MentalHealthMonday series with Brittney Moses via social media, check out our past posts today!
Next Week: Mental Wellness for the Whole Community
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