How to Find Your “Happy Place” Any Time, Any Where

How to Find Your Happy Place
How to Find Your Happy Place

Do you know what your happy place is? Maybe, but probably not.

You’re probably thinking it’s in the beaches of Fiji or in a cozy cabin in the mountains of Colorado or somewhere in between, but the truth is your happy place is somewhere you can go both mentally or physically. (The happiest people have their happy place readily available in their minds.)

Your happy place is really an emotional state you can access from wherever you are. After all, why should your peace of mind only exist in some far away land?

For happiness any time, anywhere, here are six tips for getting into your “mental happy place.”

Relax your body

Find a comfortable place to relax at home where there aren’t other distractions. Wear loose clothing (or none at all) and close your eyes. Concentrate on relaxing each part of your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Shift your shoulders so they’re relaxed, too. This will help you to unwind, destress your mind, and release your tense muscles, too.

Remember the good times

Research shows that thinking about happy memories increases serotonin, one of the body’s happy signals. To increase these serotonin levels and lift your spirits, try thinking about your favorite memories. What was the last thing that made you laugh? Where are some places where you’ve really enjoyed yourself? What were your favorite holidays and vacations?

Think of happy things

There’s a reason pictures of cute puppies and babies make the rounds on the Internet. It’s because smiling or finding joy even for a moment releases happy neuro-chemicals that tend to make us feel happier in seconds. Much like remembering happy memories, thinking about happy things boosts serotonin. Consider inspiring art, a beloved pet, a beautiful sunset or a child’s toothless grin. These happy images will help take you to your menta; happy place.

Listen to music

Music activates many parts of our brains, in particular, the areas controlling emotions. Listening to your favorite movie soundtrack or Pandora to hear new, unfamiliar tunes can distract you from what’s buggin’ your peace of mind. Let the music take you where it wants, and simply drift away to that happy state.

Happiness is found in the small details, the brief moments when you feel content and at ease. Happiness is not a destination, but rather an expedition. Activate all of your senses to reveal your “happy place” and try to visit it often.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great read, thank you!

    (queue smart*ss comment below)
    I think that was only 4 tips, not 6. Got me all hyped up….

    (possibly dumb*as comment of I overlooked 2.) 😂

  2. My happy place is spending time with God. I have Bible app on my phone, so I can read it any time, or anywhere. My thoughts are redirected on Him, instead of what is going on around me. It doesn’t have to be the Bible, it can be any type of Christian text.

  3. @67 I remind myself to Thank God that he allows me to awake breathe & function as healthy as possible each day. I focus on the positive in my life …Husband of 49 years….our Rescue doggy who keeps us active…our two children & there families….total of 4 granddaughters & the last was our grandson & they are all healthy. I excercise 4 times a week & love my motivating uplifting songs on Accuradio…I find it better than Pandora
    Be thankful each day for the simple things….because NO ONE is guaranteed a TOMORROW.
    It’s call LIFE go LIVE it while you can!
    There is NO REPEAT or REWIND on our LIFE!💞

  4. Visiting MY “happy place” is something I do often to relieve stress and to unwind after a busy, hectic day (which happens often). Whether it’s music of my choosing or just sitting quietly and meditating I find it helps to center me and recharges my batteries for what’s to come either later that day or the next one. Sure, it may sound “corny” but it works. I try to teach this to others whenever I can. Works for me…….I’m certain it will for them as well.

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