You may be wondering what confidence has to do with happiness. So, let’s think about it. Go back (think about) to some of the happiest times in your life. I’m willing to bet that during those times, you probably also felt your most confident then. Maybe you excelled at sports during that time, or you aced a project at work. Confidence can be a huge happiness booster. But we don’t have to wait for something good to happen in our life to boost our confidence. Instead, we can work on boosting our self-confidence which in turn will increase your feelings of happiness.
You can do several different things to boost your confidence. We’ll look at a few of them here. But I also encourage you to read up on the topic, pay attention to times when you’re feeling more confident, and then work out a plan to intentionally boost your self-confidence based on your own research and experience.
So, what can you do to boost your confidence?
General confidence boosters include words of encouragement, seeing how far we’ve come, listening to some upbeat music, going out for a run, and dealing with failure in a positive way. Give each of those and any other interesting confidence boosting tip you come across a try. Then sit back and notice how much confidence impacts overall happiness.
If you respond well to compliments and words of encouragement, call a friend or anyone else in your life who makes a great cheerleader. Get those positive verbal affirmations whenever you need a little boost. Keep a journal so you can look back and see how much progress you’ve made. This is particularly sound advice if you’re trying to change your life, your habits, or make progress on a long-term project. Being able to flip back and see how far you’ve come can be very encouraging.
Cranking up some tunes, or heading outside for a little fresh air and exercise can be another great way to boost your confidence and your mood. Combine the two for even better results. Last but not least, let’s take a look at how to deal with failure. When things go wrong – and let’s face it, they will sooner or later – you can either allow it to bring you down and undermine your confidence, or you can look at it as a learning experience. Guess which view is better for your self-esteem?
I hope you take these suggestions to heart and make an effort to work on your confidence.
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