We all experience good days and bad days. The trick is figuring out how to tip that good-to-bad-day balance in the right direction. Positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life and greater well-being in numerous scientific studies, according to Harvard Health.
On the other hand, chronic anger, worry and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood pressure and stiffening of blood vessels. But it isn’t easy to maintain a healthy, positive emotional state. People often misjudge what will make them happy and content. Try these steps you can take to improve your emotional well-being, no matter what state you’re in:
Live in the moment.
When you’re fully engaged in activities, you will enjoy them more and be less preoccupied by concerns about the past and the future.
Keeping a daily gratitude journal that promotes positive feelings, optimism, life satisfaction and connectedness with others.
Do things for others.
Happiness comes most reliably from connecting with others and not being overly self-focused. Try to do things that benefit someone or something other than yourself.
Take inventory of your strengths, then apply them in new ways in your daily life.
For example, if you count curiosity as a strength, read about a new subject. If you consider yourself brave, try something that makes you nervous, such as public speaking.
Savor happy moments.
Reminisce about good times, celebrate good moments with others and be happy when you accomplish something.