Seasonal depression, which will increase as winter approaches, is a common problem. Combatting this is a daily struggle for many people, but if you can focus on the light, there are ways you can experience a little happiness every day.
Acts of Human Kindness
A simple way to feel better about yourself is to help others. If you can pay it forward, with no intent of ever receiving anything back, you will be surprising others and bringing them happiness. Sometimes, seeing and focusing on their happiness can help you be happy too.
Acts of Self Love
People today are focused on moving forward and always doing the next best thing. They rarely stop to have a moment only for themselves. If there is something you have wanted to try for years, but never got around to it, now is the time to do it. Sign up for electric violin lessons and force yourself to get up and go every day. Some days will be harder than others, but you will never regret getting out and doing something you’ve always wanted to do.
Acts of Kindness to Nature
Truly being in and connected with nature is an incredible experience. Take an hour out of your week and immerse yourself in the nature around you. Even if it’s at the local zoo or aquarium, really take the time to explore, wonder, and connect with the creatures you are seeing. Then, try volunteering or helping out at a local shelter. You could also pick up trash along a local trail or put out bird feeders in the winter. Small acts of kindness to the nature around you can give your life more meaning and with that, bring you moments of happiness.
While joy is ever fleeting, happiness is something you constantly work for. It is not easy to obtain, but once you are happy, nothing can compare with that feeling.