Smile! August is Admit You’re Happy Month
If Abraham Lincoln is to be believed, people can choose to be happy any time they want. You can choose to be happy this August. Actually, you’re not as unhappy as you’ve made yourself to believe. Many good things are happening in your life right now. You just aren’t noticing all the little “miracles” that keep happening.
Since happiness is a personal decision, why not declare this August a happy month? You really should start calling this the “Admit You’re Happy Month.” You won’t find a more fitting name.
Is August the Luckiest Month?
Do you believe in astrology? No one believes in astrology in this day and age of enlightenment, right? Wrong! Nearly 60 percent of millennials aged between 18 and 24 view astrology as a scientific discipline. They think their Sun sign, moon, ascendant, house or whatever controls their destiny. That’s why they religiously read their horoscope every month.
Whether your horoscope declares August to be your luckiest month this year or not, choose to be happy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a lucky month or not. What matters is you can decide to be happy right now regardless of what’s happening in your life.
Magic will happen to you this month. Just make up your mind, and it’s going to be a terrific month. Look at yourself in the mirror. Smile. Be happy.
How to Stay Happy Throughout This “Admit You’re Happy Month”
There’s no specific formula that delivers personal joy. However, there are quite a few things you can do to increase your happiness. Let’s look at a few of them.
1. Practice Gratitude
Have you ever heard of the principle of gratitude? Norman Vincent Pearl was a strong believer in this idea. Practicing gratitude is all about being thankful for every little good thing that’s happening in your life.
Also, there’s ample evidence that gratitude delivers many benefits. Practicing gratitude leads to better sleep, more job satisfaction, better relationships, and even increased productivity.
Things aren’t that bad, are they? You have a roof over your head. You have food and a cozy bed to crawl into every night. Your car might be falling apart, but it still helps you get around. Your boss might be a monster, but you have a job.
You have friends and family who love you unconditionally. And you can read. What a great joy being able to read interesting stuff really is! Sure, things might not be as great as you’d like. But it’s not the end of the world — yet. Be happy.
But How Do I Practice Gratitude?
Keep a journal. Note down every nice thing that happens to you, no matter how small. Notice moments when you run out of gas and you have a loaded credit card. Notice it when a stranger smiles at you. When a colleague says they think you’re the best workmate they’ve ever had, thank them. Update your journal every day. Write: “I’m happy because…..” Soon, you’ll start gushing happiness and contentment on the inside.
2. Help Others
Seriously, how would helping someone else ever make anyone happy? Mother Teresa lived and worked among the poorest of the poor in India, and she found true joy. How’s that even possible, you ask? She dedicated her whole life to showing love and empathy to the downtrodden. She rose every morning and comforted those whom the world forgot to comfort. She cared.
Helping others causes you to stop focusing on what’s not working in your life. It helps you to realize that you’re many times happier than so many good people out there. You feel useful like your life means something great. Like you’re here for a reason, and that reason is to make others smile. And in the process, happiness will always pursue you. Imagine being pursued by happiness and inner joy?
So, call that old friend you’ve not seen in a coon’s age. Tell Mom or Dad that you love them. Help that new employee at work learn the ropes. Give that town derelict a dollar. Donate to an organization that supports hungry children in Asia, Africa, or wherever. Helping others is a sure path to personal happiness, and the benefits don’t delay.
3. Do Something Nice for Yourself
While helping and loving other humans is great, you shouldn’t forget to love and appreciate yourself. Yes, things might be extremely tough for you, and staying positive probably feels impossible. But when was the last time you showed yourself some love?
It’s about time you started saving a little money each month into your “happiness account.” Every once in a while, treat yourself to a menu item you don’t usually order in a restaurant. Buy yourself a book by your fave author. Like movies? Why not buy yourself a ticket this August? You deserve it. You’ve been working incredibly hard to stay on top of the bills. And you know what happens to Jack when it’s always work and zero play.
4. Create Time Every Day for Meditation
You’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher of personal development that doesn’t praise meditation. Meditation is all about temporarily shutting out the chaotic world and focusing on your inner world. It’s about deep, laser-focused reflection. It’s about looking inward rather than outward for tranquility.
Many people have found that solutions show up when they’re meditating. You can sign up for a yoga class, but you can also meditate in your bedroom. Take a walk if you prefer that, or visit the beach. Regardless of where you do it, listen to your innermost thoughts for a couple of minutes every day. Relax. Be happy.
Are You Depressed?
It’s terribly hard to smile and be happy when you’re depressed. While talking to friends and loved ones help, it’s often best to see a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health experts. At Novum Psychiatry, we’re all about helping you live a life full of joy and success.
Decide to be happy this August. Start practicing gratitude. Once you start doing it, everything in your life will begin to change. And it’ll be sooner than you think. Give yourself treats every once in a while to appreciate and celebrate yourself. Also, be kind – help others. Finally, resolve to spend time each day in quiet meditation. Do these things in this “Admit You’re Happy Month,” and it’s going to be the happiest month ever. And if you’re going through depression, consult with a mental health expert. Contact us now.