Toxicity can cause physical and psychological damage if you don’t learn how to do away with it effectively. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress and experience an instant happiness boost is to visit your happy place on a regular basis. Regardless of what’s going on in your external environment, a few minutes remembering why your happiness is important can help you revitalize your brain and your body so that you can more effectively handle stressful situations.

Here are some tips needed

1. Embrace your happiness.

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 Happiness looks different for everyone, and you have a right to enjoy your happiness. Some people keep searching for a happier feeling because society is telling us we need particular things to be happy. Let me say this again, everyone’s happy place is different!! If a sense of freedom is what makes you happy, build your life around having that. Not everyone will understand or agree with your life and you must understand that it is okay.

Once you embrace it,  you become okay with removing yourself from situations that do not add to your happiness. You become okay with ejecting people that bring you down and away from that place. We grow and evolve; while  accepting and acknowledging that what currently makes you happy is okay, even if it is different than last year or different from your family and friends.

2. Prioritize your happiness.

If you don’t make your happiness a priority, no one else will. It has to be a priority because when we are at our best we are happy and when we are at our best, we are the best mother, sister, daughter, employee, co-worker, manager, or friend possible. Happiness isn’t caused by a single activity or person, it comes from within. Only you truly know when you are truly happy, so build a life that allows you to have those feelings often. As you prioritize your happiness, you begin to see the value in it, and other people’s needs and wants become less of a priority.

This is important because we often prioritize others over people’s needs, feelings and wants over our own and never get to take care of ourselves. Making your happiness a priority in your life is the best way to make sure it is a constant in your life. The best advice ever given to me for self-care if about the reminder they give you when you are on an airplane to put your own oxygen mask on first. This is difficult because many of us are inclined to help others, but if you are tired, broke, and unhealthy how will you be helpful to others?

3. Share some laughs with old friends

Image result for a happy woman gifYour old friends from the neighborhood, high school or college hold the most special treasure to help you find your happy place: great memories! These are the memories from the simplest and most uninhibited times of your life and sometimes just what the doctor ordered to fill that void in your cluttered, adult life. While you probably feel quite caught up with old pals through Facebook, I challenge you to take it a step further. Call an old friend or set up a lunch date if possible and let the fun times begin.

4. Surround yourself with beauty

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Make it a habit to spend some time each week surrounded by a beautiful space, whether it’s a single beautifully decorated room in your home or a day spent at your local botanical gardens. You’ll find it to be a refreshing break from your usual backdrop of dirty dishes or scattered kids’ toys. Make it a point to take a moment to bask in a space that brings you some peace and inspiration.

Life will never be perfect which is why we must know what makes up happy, embrace it and incorporate it into our lives and finally prioritize it. This is the only way we ensure we keep that happiness.

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