We all want to be happy and you may have chased happiness for a long time without quite reaching it. So try these six simple rituals to put a big smile on your face – and keep it there!
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS
Maybe you believe there is a secret to being happy and that it’s something you can actually locate, if you have the magic formula. But true happiness is more subtle than that. Usually you find it while you’re doing something else. All these rituals are designed to ‘take you out of yourself’ in some way. Then you can discover you’ve found yourself once more, but now in the happy zone!
DELIGHT IN NATURE
The world of nature is there on offer. Do you take full advantage of it? Do you spend time looking at the sheer grace of the trees, the sweep of the hills, the amazing colours of the flowers? Do you let yourself ‘stand and stare at all this beauty? Do you smell the breeze, feel the sun and rain on your skin, listen to birdsong and feel it lift your heart?
If you’re like most people then you probably don’t notice all that the world has to offer, that can soothe and inspire. But you can change this. Once or twice a week, at least, go out into fields, woods or parks and just ‘be’. Try to still your thoughts and notice all that’s around you. Even if it’s raining, appreciate the silvery drops and the cool waters from heaven making everything grow.
Sit with your back to a tree and let the essence of the tree surround you. Imagine a glowing aura around the tree and a gentle shower of healing droplets of light falling from the leaves onto you. Absorb these inside you and feel them making you radiant.
DELIGHT IN ANIMALS
Animals have mellow, healing presence. There is a natural kindness about all animals that are well-treated - and even in the majority that are not. Just being with them is soothing.
Your sixth ritual is to set aside time at least once a week to connect with animals. If you have pets, play with them, be with them and observe them. Try different activities such as playing music or teaching tricks. If you don’t have pets of your own, ask to borrow someone else’s. You might be able to help out at a farm, or boarding kennels. Journal what you experience and hold the simple joy of animals within you.
HOW WE CAN HELP
The way to happiness has many routes and now you have six – dancing, cooking, journaling, gift-giving, connecting with nature and with animals. Put as many of these into practice as you can and your life will light up.
PUBLISHED: 16 July 2018