Happiness, a fundamental emotion characterized by a lasting state of well-being and contentment, and associated with the absence of negative emotions, can mean different things for different people. Considered the main objective of existence, all individuals work towards achieving happiness.
In addition to one’s physical well-being, happiness is often associated with one’s mental health, as well. More than one may ever realize, one’s mental health affects his/her overall health. However, good mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. Compared to someone in stress or anxiety, a person who is happy and at peace with oneself feels much better physically and is also able to respond to life’s challenges in more effective ways.
There are many ways in which one can improve one’s happiness and mental health. Following are five tips to help improve one’s happiness quotient:
- Embrace the present: A lot of people spend their lives thinking about the past or worrying about the future, when what they truly have is only their present. Jeffrey Sumber, a leading psychotherapist says, “Mental health tends to become challenged when we get sucked into what used to happen or what people ‘did to me’ rather than taking responsibility in what I am doing or creating today, right now.” People living in the present are happier, more secure and more accepting of their own weaknesses.
- Identify one’s strengths: Every individual has his/her own set of strengths and weaknesses. Using the strengths makes one feel engaged, energized, inspired, give his/her best and strive for rapid growth. Acknowledging and using one’s strengths also builds self-confidence, directly impacting one’s emotional and mental well-being.
- Laugh more often: A key to happiness, laughter can reduce stress levels, boost mood, relieve pain and increase one’s overall sense of happiness. A positive sensation, laughter seems to be a useful and healthy way to beat pressure and overcome anxious thoughts. Considered a non-invasive and non-pharmacological alternative treatment for anxiety and depression, laughter therapy has a positive effect on one’s mental health and immune system.
- Practice an attitude of gratitude: One of the simplest ways to improve one’s satisfaction with life is practicing gratitude. This, not only helps reduce stress but also plays a key role in overcoming trauma. One of the most overlooked tools, practicing gratitude fosters resilience, reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, fights depression and increases one’s overall happiness and psychological health.
- Understand one’s thinking style: One’s thought process influences the way one feels and how one behaves both consciously and unconsciously. This can impact one’s mental and physical well-being. Humans are thinking beings and most often are found to be caught in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts. Though each individual has his or her own thinking style, understanding it and identifying when one’s mind starts drifting towards negative thoughts can help one control their thought process leading to a better, healthier and happier life.
Often overlooked, happiness is the key to achieving good mental health. It is important to recognize every moment of joy, delight and pleasure, and be happy all day. Created to recognize and express happiness, the National Happiness Happens Day, which is observed each year on Aug. 8, encourages everyone to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily lives.
Road to recovery
When an individual starts treating problems as being out of their control and succumbs to their pressure, he/she often risks developing mental health ailments. A leader among behavioral health care centers, Sovereign Health provides top-notch treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and many others. We combine traditional clinical methods with advanced and cutting-edge cognitive remediation and evidence-based treatment modalities to offer nothing less than the best treatment for mental health disorders.
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