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International Happiness Day: A Real Girl’s Guide To Being Happy


Happy. For such a small word, there’s so much to it. No matter where you are in the world, whatever your background, race, religion, age, lifestyle or occupation – we all just want to be happy. But it’s not necessarily that simple… we live in such a busy world, frequently complicated by various pressures, stresses and concerns.

Today, Thursday March 20, marks International Happiness Day and I thought it was a great opportunity to talk about happiness, what it means to me and share with you what I do when I need a little boost of happy!

So, what is this happiness thing we all want and how do you get it?

Advertisers frequently tell us we’ll be happy if we buy their products… Celebrities sometimes make us believe it comes from beauty and fame… High-flying business exec’s can trick us into thinking millions in the bank equals a lifetime of happiness. But, I think we’ve all seen enough Hollywood meltdowns or episodes of the Real Housewives to know, true happiness doesn’t come from beauty and fame. How many wealthy business people would look back on their life and say they wish they’d spent more time in the office? And as for those product advertisers, well, I’ve got too many tech gadgets sitting in drawers to know that buying the latest i-whatever isn’t going to make me sky-high happy.

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As much as I love all the pretty things and little luxuries, I know the happiness that comes from swiping my credit card is only temporary… just ask Becky Bloomwood, she’d agree. I’ve come to understand that if I’m going to be truly happy and live a life filled with happiness (not just a day), it’s going to come from nowhere else but me. Yes, you say… but how?

Your Instagram Challenge: Inspiring Happiness
1. Over the next week, let’s be mindful to celebrate the little things that bring us happiness! Take a photo of one thing that makes you feel happy (it could be your morning coffee, your dog, the sunshine, a book, your family and friends… anything!) and share it on Instagram or Twitter.
2. Tag @stylelixir and use the hashtag #MyHappinessElixir. Then, I’ll compile the photos and feature you here on Style Elixir… it will be the ultimate inspiration for happiness!

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From lists to lipstick, this is a real girl’s guide to being happy…

Let me start by mentioning, it’s unrealistic to always feel deliriously happy, but over time I’ve found small ways to change my thinking and my mood. I know if I do some of these things it will calm my mind, make me realize I truly have so much to be happy about and whatever is concerning me, often really isn’t worth it.

1.  Gratitude
Taking a few moments to write a list (or think about) what you have to be grateful for will make you realize you have so much to be happy about! For me, I am incredibly lucky to have good health, an amazing family and loyal boyfriend who show me endless love and support. Ultimately, that’s all I need in life. I also make sure to appreciate the little things, seeing a beautiful full moon or feeling the warm sun on my skin, I often think ‘oh, how nice is this’… and that makes me happy. For all the singles out there, I know when you don’t have a significant other you might think ‘I’d be happy if I met someone’… well, to be honest when you’re having fun on your own and living it up, that’s when you’ll meet someone great! Happy attracts happy, so focus on yourself and do the things you truly enjoy (after all, once you meet someone it’ll be about compromising to include things they enjoy – and as you’re watching a fifth game of football, you’ll long for the days when you could take over the lounge room to paint your nails and watch Sex and the City).

2.  Feel Pretty
After a long few weeks when I’ve been very focused on work, I know the one thing that will make me feel happy is a fresh coat of paint on my nails. It’s so simple and inexpensive, but there’s just something about spending time for myself, putting on my favorite music or movie and just painting away… You’re in the moment (we all know it takes total concentration to keep the paint on your nails!) and at the end, I feel pretty and happy. The same goes for wearing a little lipstick – the brighter the lips, the brighter the smile! (My favorite is YSL #13 Le Orange, trust me – it’s gorgeous girls!).

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3.  Move It
When I think of this next tip, I take inspiration from everyone’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”

As hard as I sometimes find it to drag myself up and out of bed (cold mornings make it next to impossible!), I know if I go for a brisk walk my whole day will be better! There’s something magic about being out in the world early in the morning – it’s quiet, everything seems fresh and new. Put on your iPod and just walk… even if it’s only for 15 minutes, you’ll feel invigorated, happy and balanced.


 

4.  Surround Yourself With Positive People
This is so important, life is too short to spend with people who bring you down! Surround yourself with family, friends, mentors (and pets!) who appreciate and believe in you. It’s all about quality, not quantity – so make time to nurture and appreciate the relationships that bring positivity and happiness to your life. Simple as that.

5.  When You Give of Yourself, You Don’t Lose Anything
My parents have always said, “when you give of yourself, you don’t lose anything” and I’ve really come to believe that. By helping others, it actually makes you feel so good. I recently signed up as a volunteer to read and spend time with older people at a home / hospital, it’s amazing how focusing on making someone else happy, actually makes you feel true happiness yourself.

All of these tips don’t cost a thing (we all have nail polish laying around at home!) and I guarantee, they’ll make you feel happy! I’d love to know… what is one thing that brings you happiness?

Your Challenge: Inspiring Happiness
1. Over the next week, let’s be mindful to celebrate the little things that bring us happiness! Take a photo of one thing that makes you feel happy (it could be your morning coffee, your dog, the sunshine, a book, your family and friends… anything!) and share it on Instagram or Twitter.
2. Tag @stylelixir and use the hashtag #MyHappinessElixir. Then, I’ll compile the photos and feature you here on Style Elixir… it will be the ultimate inspiration for happiness!

 

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  1. I loved reading your post on happiness.
    There’s a chinese proverb on happiness that I like -
    “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
    If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
    If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
    If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”

    Thanks Lauren for being simply inspiring.

  2. Hi there. I found your post on the Be-You-tiful link party. I love the sentiment. I have a group board on Pinterest titled JOY and it’s so fun to see what others Pin. Great idea to have others share on Instagram.

  3. Lauren – I love this! I didn’t know that March 20 is International Happiness Day. It’s on my calendar for next year. Love all of the tips – I think it’s so important to live in gratitude, and to invest in yourself by exercising and feeling pretty, and to think of others. Thanks for the great post, and thanks for posting in the Be.YOU.Tiful link party!

  4. Thanks for linking up to the Be. You. Tiful Link party. You are being featured tomorrow night so come on over and grab your button!

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