According to the immortal words of Elle Woods, the perpetually perky character in the movie Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
Despite all her amazing attributes (not to mention her available finances and fabulous wardrobe), when Elle goes to Harvard, she is confronted with a lot of negativity and adversity from her surroundings. But like a very pink phoenix, she works on herself while staying positive and goes on to become one of the best lawyers ever.
Doesn’t this story sound wonderful, and don’t you want to be more like her?
Though she may just be a character in a movie, we can learn so much about self-confidence and positivity from her. We can’t avoid people who try to bring us down or situations that make us feel low, but by having a positive mindset, we can all achieve the same level of confidence and determination. Here are some tips on how to develop self-confidence and improve self-image.
Tip 1: Put on a Happy Face
Though generally considered bad advice, fake it till you make applies quite well to smiling and having a more positive day. There are just bad days where you wake up and the world is sad and gray, but when you make your slow shuffle to the bathroom, take a look at the mirror and turn your frown upside down. It’s been shown that consciously faking a smile can improve and elevate your mood, reduce stress, and boost self-confidence. Go ahead and show those pearly whites; you’ve nothing to lose but your worries and your strife.
Tip 2: The Bare Necessities
In this commercial world, we are taught that we can only enhance our well-being by acquiring things. However, based on several studies, materialism is known to cause loneliness and social isolation, which goes to prove the saying that money can’t buy happiness. Materialism forces us to compare ourselves to others creating a toxic environment that makes people more susceptible to disorders. So stop worrying about what you have and stop comparing yourself to other people. Focus more instead on interpersonal relationships and your physical health and well-being.
Tip 3: You’ve Got a Friend in Me
The need for a good support system cannot be stressed enough. Many studies show that having good social relations is essential for people to feel happy. Not only does having friends let you live longer by giving support through stressful times; having someone to lean on just makes the world a better place. So call your friends and share with them your woes. There is nothing quite like a bunch of people to give you a hug and feed you and tell you that you are great just the way you are.
Tip 4: Just a Spoonful of Sugar
Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. Eating chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins and make us feel better about life. Chocolate is a natural pain killer and can give you that instant perk when you feel life weighing you down. However, it is important to note that you have to limit your intake because too much sugar can cause a plethora of health problems, which is something we all must strive to avoid because staying healthy can make us positive and happy.
Tip 5: Happy Working Song
Again, exercise gives endorphins that make you happy. Working out is essential to self-confidence and positivity. Exercise leads to positive long-term effects that are scientifically proven to make you happier (like rocking a great body). You’ll not only look better, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Try yoga or put on those running shoes, exercise is known to reduce anxiety and improve sleep, overall improving your mental and physical well-being.
Developing self-confidence is mostly working on what you have on the inside so that you can shine as you own true self on the outside. There is nothing to lose when you follow these tips to gain self-confidence because not only will you be living a better more wholesome life, you will feel fulfilled, inspired, and become a generally happier and more confident person. Stay positive!