For me, happiness is the most important thing to me in life. Happiness within your career, your social life and within your own time. So here's my tips for a life of happiness!
Try to give yourself an hour a day, or every other day, to yourself. Have a bath, read a magazine or book, paint your nails, watch a movie. It's important to go out and have fun, but it's just as important to stay in and relax on your own. Some well deserved "me-time"!
2. Keep active
Keeping active is a key way to feel happy and confident in your body. Even if its just a 20 minute walk, a swim, bike ride, gardening. Every little helps!
3. Giving & kindness
It's a fact. Giving to others makes yourself feel better as a person. Even if its just popping to the shop to buy your mum her favourite bottle of wine, or your brother his favourite bar of chocolate. On another level, volunteering is a great way of helping and having a sense of achievement.
4. Family time
I no longer live at home so coming back and spending time with my family is very important to me. Instead of going out, I'll spend the evening watching Alan Carr or Britain's Got Talent with my parents and my amazing brother. Or just pop out for a coffee in the afternoon. Spending time with the ones you love makes you feel comfort and reassurance, and therefore happy!
5. Try new things
I have a whole list of things I want to do, and when I tick something off I feel a sense of achievement and fulfillment. This is our life, and we need to live it to the full. Learn and try new things!
6. Enjoy your job
My career is so important to me. If you don't enjoy your job, you'll dread work and never be 100% happy. What is your dream job? Is it to be an actor? You think you won't achieve it so you don't bother perusing it? Well Jude Law and Leonardo DiCaprio would never have got where they are if they'd had that attitude. Whatever your dream is, chase it and live it. If you enjoy your job, you'll enjoy life.
7. Get your sleep
I know its written everywhere but honestly, getting 8 hours sleep a night will really keep you energised throughout the day and therefore you'll get more things done. Not only that, sleep improves stress and allows cells to re-charge!
8. Don't compare yourself to others
Learn to love who you are and embrace it. Never compare yourself to others, everybody is different and has their own flaws. Not only physically, but financially and socially too. Just be happy the way you are! If you don't like your legs, embrace what you do like. Such as your hair or arms.
9. Fall in love & make love
Yep. Falling in love is the best feeling in the world. That feeling of closeness and passion with somebody is rare and once you have it, its very special. And if you're not IN love, you can still make love, which is considered one of the top sources of happiness.
10. Learn to forgive & forget
Don't dwell on the past. Even if you can't quite forgive, you must learn to forget and move on. Dwelling will only prolong your sadness. I know it can be easier said than done but bear this in mind, and you will get there!
I hope my tips help you to a happier life! Please leave comments and feedback below or tweet me @gemfash