Happiness isn’t only important, it’s vital and necessary.

In today’s society, a person’s energy is easily drained by busy schedules and negative environments. Now with everything that is happening with COVID-19, it’s easy to fall into a negative spiral.

The first thing we do each morning is to check our phones and see the latest update and that can go in two directions positive or negative. What’s important is to understand how we can take control of our happiness.

Here are simple actions to lead to a happier you!

1. Letting Go

Letting go may sound difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. You are only one person, and you can’t control the world around you. What you can control is you. Release the negative energy by forgiving the unforgivable, and focus on gratitude and positivity. This acceptance will calm your soul and decrease stress, which is better for your heart.

2. Exercising

Having an active lifestyle makes us happier with the bonus of it being good for our physical health. Regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. Our bodies and our mind are connected. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression.

3. Prioritize

It’s impossible to prioritize your tasks and make a list of the top areas and goals that are critical to you. Throughout each weekday, make choices and take actions that enhance these areas to allow you to move one step closer to your goals.

Remember that we aren’t perfect and we will have moments of failure which is totally okay. It’s part of the process of becoming successful and not to be hard on yourself.

4. Meditation

Meditate at the same time each day. Improve your spiritual health as soon as you wake up, or on your lunch break at work, or before you go to bed. Meditation enhances your mindfulness, decreases stress, and helps reduce anxiety

It can be done anywhere and it only takes 15 minutes out of your day to meditate. Sit down, close your eyes, and focus on each breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth. Slowly mute the noise around by listening to your heartbeat.

5. Practice mindfulness

Focus on the present moment that you can savor touch, smell and other physical sensations. Concentrate on the joy they are giving you. It is really effective in forgetting about the past and not fretting about future, fearful scenarios.

This is now becoming a popular trend in psychology and medicine. When done regularly it can boost mood, reduce stress levels, and lead to a better quality of life.