It’s no secret that everyone wants to be happy. However, it’s not always easy to stay happy. When life gets monotonous or things don’t work out the way you imagined in your head, you tend to be miserable and nothing seems to make you happy.

While it’s difficult to feel happy when you’re down in the dumps, it’s not completely impossible. Here are some incredible ways to get back happiness in life:

1. Accept yourself

It’s quite common to get upset over your shortcomings in life, be it your body image, your income, your lifestyle or your career. While being ambitious is a good thing, it shouldn’t make you feel disappointed with yourself. Loving yourself and accepting yourself for who you are — the victories as well as the shortcomings — is the first step to being happier. Stop being so hard on yourself and focus on building more self-love.

2. Do something you love

When was the last time you did something you absolutely loved and completely lost track of time while doing it? If your answer is never, then now is a good time to ask yourself what would you really enjoy doing. It could be anything from art and music to dancing or photography. Find what you love and start doing it right away.

3. Take some risks

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it’s built for. What Albert Einstein meant with this quote was that for you to live a fulfilling and purposeful life, you must step out of your comfort zone.

That involves taking risks and pursuing life choices that might scare you at first. If you’re too scared to try something new, your life may never change and your misery might continue.

4. Become more active

Exercising or engaging in physical activity helps your body produce endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that relieve stress and boost happiness. Exercising regularly also ensures that your body stays active and your mind remains sharp and alert.

The hardest part about exercising is mustering up enough motivation to go through with it. Pick activities that you enjoy doing and loop in some of your friends or family members to keep your commitment towards exercising.

5. Get rid of the toxic people in your life

It’s hard to stay happy if you’re surrounded by some really toxic people in your life. While completely severing ties with toxic people might be quite painful and a bit extreme, sometimes it’s the only choice. Focus on surrounding yourself with happy and fulfilling relationships. If cutting ties entirely isn’t feasible, make sure that you establish boundaries and define what you will tolerate. Toxic people are prone to creating drama in their lives to seek attention. Whenever that happens, stay away and don’t get pulled into their drama.

6. Go for a walk outdoors

We spend so much of our time indoors that a walk in the sun surrounded by nature might prove refreshing. Being in the presence of the sun and nature works wonders for our bodies and minds.

Take advantage of what nature has to offer and make these walks a habit. Let your mind wander and simply focus on breathing deeply and soaking in as much sun as possible.

Things don’t need to be perfect for you to be happy. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life should look like and focusing on doing what you love and enjoy the most. By simply changing some habits and adopting a positive mindset, you can easily get back happiness in life.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist