3 simple ways to boost your happiness right now

If you’ve been following along for a while around here you’ll know that I’m a big fan of incorporating simple, mindful practices into our daily life to not only improve our happiness, but that also end up spilling over into helping us be more productive.

Because guess what: when we're both happy and productive is when we do our best work!

So today I wanted to share with you 3 of my favorite things to do for when you're feeling down or having an ‘off day’ and really want to boost your mood straight away and get back to doing what you do best.

Each of these practices simple will help to reconnect with you and inject a dose of ‘feel good’ karma.

Get outside.

Exposure to sunlight plays a huge role in our circadian rhythm which affects not only our sleeping patterns but our alertness and brain wave activity - so sitting inside in front of our computers, all day long, is not helping our body’s natural rhythm!

Be intentional and make the effort to get outside, soak up the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air.

For an instant mood booster - head to the park, take your shoes off and feel the grass underneath your bare feet. 

get moving!

Exercise makes us feel good! Every time we move our bodies we’re getting our blood flowing, which is what stimulates those feel good endorphins.

You can do this right now no matter where you are {even if you’re in an open plan workspace}: stand up and do 20 star jumps - don’t worry about how silly you look, take note of how good you feel after you get moving!

Express gratitude.

This is my favorite way to boost happiness and an essential part of my daily morning routine.
I’ve recently starting using the Five Minute Journal which is totally awesome and fun way of creating a good habit that makes you look forward to it.

The Five Minute Journal prompts you with 3 questions:

  1. 3 things you are grateful for right now.
  2. What would make today great?
  3. Daily affirmations, I am...

{Head here for daily affirmations inspiration}

It seriously takes no more than 5 minutes each morning and spending this time intentionally thinking about what I am truly grateful for starts the day in such a positive way!

Take action:

  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for right now.
  • Slow down + enjoy the little things - there is so much happiness to be found in the present moment.

What are your go-to pick-me-ups for when you need an extra dose of nourishment?

May you be more focused, calm and joyful today.

Rachel x