4 Steps to Finding Your Personal Joy

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Happiness can be thought of as a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

When you ask most people what they want from their lives, will say that they want to be happy. However, we are living in a busy society where many people are suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety. How can we live so that happy lives will blossom? Try these four tips to cultivate happiness in your life.

1. Find your tribe.

Whoever this may be—friends or family—we all need a community. They are our support systems: The people who will laugh with you, cry with you, and cuddle you. No matter what else happens, these are the people who will keep you smiling.

2. Find your flow.

"Flow" is known as being in the zone: A mental state where a person is fully immersed and enjoying the activity they are doing. We have all heard the phrase, "time flies when you are having fun"—well, its true! Have you ever been in the middle of a yoga class, or reached the top of a climbing wall, and realized you haven’t thought about anything else? It’s freeing. It’s beautiful. It makes us feel happy. Find what you love to do, and go do that!

3. Find your helping hand.

Do things for the people you love, people less fortunate, or just a random stranger. Make someone smile. It feels good to help others, to be selfless. You could run a donation yoga class, or simply buy someone a coffee. But doing something for someone other than yourself will help you feel happy.

4. Find your happy.

Lastly: Positivity breads positivity. Make a conscious effort to smile at people in the street or say hello. How great does it feel when they smile back? Hold a door open for someone. Laugh—laugh until the tears are running down your face and you are bent double clutching your tummy. Laugh until you can’t laugh anymore.

These are simply changes, none of which have anything to do with your social status, material wants, or money. I invite you to try these things for a week and see how you feel. We all want to be happy. Make it happen.

How do you cultivate happiness? Share in the comments below.

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Charlotte loves practicing all types of yoga, talking about it and sharing this passion with others. Qualified RYT200 (Yoga Alliance certified), you can keep up to date with Charlotte’s classes and personal practice on her website and Instagram. Keen to share and inspire others Charlotte developed her freelance writing and blogging, mainly discussing yoga and food. Be sure t...READ MORE