If Monday wallops you this week, that might feel like you’re not in control of your emotions. Instead of focusing on happiness, you might be centered on the stress happening all around you instead.

There are four ways that you can take control of your happiness in any given week. That’s because you can choose to be happy, no matter what else is going on in your life. No one else has control over what you feel unless you allow that to happen.

Here is how you can turn something terrible into something happy on a regular basis.

Best Ways to Bring Happiness Back

1. Try to make the first thought you have every day be a happy idea. Don’t look in the mirror and think about all the things that you would like to change about your life. Try searching for something that makes you feel grateful for the position you’re in that day. Then commit yourself to look for more moments of gratitude every time you catch your image in the reflection.

2. Pay attention to the negative thoughts that you have about yourself or other people during the day. Try wearing a rubber band around your wrist. Every time you think of something that is distractive or undesirable, then snap the band. The physical sensation from the snap on your skin creates a reaction within your mind that helps you to start recognizing the negative thought patterns you have before they become an influence on your day.

3. Find some time every day to do something that you love. Look for ways to embrace the inner child that is still living deep within your heart. When you feel stressed out about what’s happening in the world today, then disconnect from the information which impacts your happiness. Take 10 minutes, find a quiet place where you can think without interruption, and then spend some time thinking about the happiest moments of your life. Go back to those times as a child when you could be silly without worrying about how others perceived you. This process can bring a lot of positive energy back into your life, helping you to release a lot of tension.

4. Make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep at night. Getting less than six hours of sleep can impact the amount of happiness you experience the next day. If you are struggling to achieve restful sleep at night, then work on ways to relax your muscles before settling in with deep breathing techniques. Sit up straight in your bed. Breathe in deeply, then exhale through the nose. Then repeat for 60 seconds before trying to fall asleep. 

How Do You Focus on Happiness?

Happiness begins when you’re willing to choose it over the harmful stresses in your life. If you are having a bad week, then try using these steps to turn things around. 

Then when Monday comes along, you’ll be ready to take on all of those potential issues in the correct mindset.