Is it any coincidence that the Spring Equinox falls on the same day as the International Day of Happiness this year? I think not! I’m viewing it as a sign that we’re supposed to spring forward with a sense of enthusiasm.
To inspire you to make the most of the new season, and to experience more joy in the process, today’s personal growth guide shares 10 things to do during Spring to boost your happiness.
10 Things To Do During Spring To Boost Your Happiness
Start a gratitude journal: Studies have shown that expressing gratitude more often leads to a higher state of happiness and contentment. When we focus on what we have (and are thankful for), we feel more satisfied with our lives and ourselves. By creating a gratitude journal, you retrain your mind to think of every blessing (or good fortune) you have in the present moment. A fulfilling life starts with our mindset. As Oprah says, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Do recreational activities outdoors: If you’ve been feeling a little depressed or moody this winter, it might be due to a lack of Vitamin D. That’s why spending a little time each day outside in the fresh air, under the sunshine, is actually good for you. By doing recreational activities outdoors (like hiking, bicycling, or swimming), you help to re-energize and revitalize your body, leaving you feeling happier. Just make sure to apply sunscreen first!
Refresh your bath & beauty routine: Whether you want to make your skin feel softer (after a long, cold winter), or you just want to indulge in a little pampering, an easy way to feel happier this Spring is by refreshing your bath & beauty routine. Spring for a new makeup palette that makes you look radiant, opt for a hydrating lotion that moisturizes your skin and invest in hair care products that repair your hair.
Get organized with the KonMari Method: If you’ve been following I&C for a while, you’ve probably seen a few recent home organization guides talking about Marie Kondo – the woman who’s KonMari organizing method is sweeping the nation (and the world!). Not only has she inspired millions of people (including myself) to approach home organization in a new and more joyful way, her tips on folding clothes and organizing different areas of the home make staying tidy even easier. When our homes are neat and organized, we feel less stressed and anxious. By getting organized, you create a relaxing sanctuary in your home, which gives you a place to retreat to each day.
Plant an herb or vegetable garden: Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there are so many ingenious home garden kits nowadays that allow you to plant an herb or vegetable garden (even indoors!). By harvesting your own produce, you boost your wellness, which in turn makes your body feel better. By eliminating harmful pesticides and chemicals from your diet, you enable your body to function more efficiently. Sometimes all you have to do is plant a seed of change in order to transform your life.
Bring fresh flowers home every week: There’s something so uplifting about walking by a vase of fresh flowers. The aromatic scent, the vibrant colors, and the sheer beauty of fresh flowers are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Since Spring is the ultimate season for gorgeous blooms, an easy way to boost your happiness is by bringing fresh flowers home every week. Plus, it’s a simple way to update the look of your home in under $20.
Devote time each day for self-care: Practicing daily self-care isn’t an option, in my opinion, it’s a necessity. When we take time each day to focus on self-care (and self-love), we give ourselves the chance to reset our minds and to get centered. By going within, we strengthen our ability to help others, as well as ourselves. As we let go of the cares of the world and release all the external pressures, we feel a sense of light and happiness bursting forth. This renewed sense of self helps us weather any storm, and feel calm throughout the process of each day. That’s why self-care is essential for each of us, especially when we have a lot of responsibilities to handle.
Write more thank you cards: Going back to #1, expressing gratitude not only makes you feel happier, but it also has the power to brighten someone else’s day. In this digital era, the art of hand-written cards is becoming a rarity. But, I’ve always believed in this time-honored tradition. Whether you’re writing a thank you card to a friend who recently took you to lunch or sending a card to a family member you haven’t talked to in a while, this form of communication not only deepens your bond with others, it also makes you feel happier.
Update your home with new decor: Sometimes we need to change our perspective if we want to boost our happiness. That’s why updating your home with a few new pieces of decor is a great way to welcome Spring into your abode. Whether you opt for some fun, patterned throw pillows or a great new rug, simple home decor updates are often enough to refresh your outlook each day.
Detox your body with a plant-based diet: Last, but certainly not least, eliminating unhealthy toxins from your body is essential to boosting your happiness (and well-being). Rather than going on a radical diet, I say – opt for lifestyle changes that you can maintain. An easy way to do that is by focusing on a more plant-based diet. That doesn’t mean you need to stop eating meat or fish (if that’s what you enjoy), it just means incorporating a variety of veggies, leafy greens, and fruits into your meals. Not only are plant-based foods high in vitamins and minerals, but they also help you detox your body, which makes you feel lighter and more energized.
By implementing any (or hopefully, all) of these steps into your routine this season, you’ll start to notice a shift in your outlook and attitude. When we focus on the things that bring us joy, we create a happier, more fulfilling life.
As you start the first day of Spring today, may you go into the new season with a sense of optimism.
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