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How many people can say they take a few moments every day to appreciate the good things in their lives? Most of us will admit we’re more likely to complain about the things we don’t have, than be happy about the things we do. But occasionally taking note of the things you’re grateful for can have a huge effect on your overall happiness!

Being happy might sound simple, but it’s easy to get into bad habits that can stand in the way. Spending too long dwelling on the wrong things can leave you feeling less positive. That’s why it’s important to practise being grateful for all the good things in your life, no matter how big or small.

Keep a journal

Writing down what you’re grateful for can reinforce positive feelings. Just five minutes of making short notes can help you to rewire your brain so it focuses on the good rather than the bad!

Cut back on the gadgets

We’re all guilty of spending a bit too much time on social media, but always seeing the highlights of other people’s lives can leave you feeling inadequate. Instead of scrolling through other people’s photos, use social media as a way to view and share positive articles or photos.

Appreciate the present

Be honest with yourself, how often of you appreciate what you’re doing at any given moment? Sitting down for a nice cup of coffee is one thing, but really taking the time to enjoy it is another. You don’t have to close your eyes in the middle of a crowded cafe, but becoming more aware of the little things you do can help you to appreciate them more.

Dress “happy”

Sure, everyone likes to wear black sometimes but wearing brighter clothes has been proven to boost your mood! So switch you go-to black sweater for a more lively option, or if you’re too attached to dark clothes then a colorful pair of socks can lift your mood without compromising your routine look.

Move it, move it

Exercise isn’t just good for you body, it also releases endorphins and pumps more oxygen to the brain so brain power improve. So you’ll look good, feel good and be smart on top! Pass the running shoes!

What little things do you do to increase your happiness? Get in touch with us to let us know!