Here at KORA Organics we believe that beauty is not about how you look, it’s how you feel. People naturally look their best when they feel their best, when they are the healthiest, happiest version of themselves – it radiates from within!
As our Founder and CEO, Miranda Kerr, says ‘A happy heart is the best beauty tool there is!”. We all want to be happy. A lot of things we do in life are driven by the desire of finding and living in happiness.
Chasing happiness doesn’t always go as planned. Buying new things, going new places, meeting new people doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Long term happiness has to come from within, from your core values, beliefs and practices. If you experience feelings of unhappiness, you’re not alone, it is very common, we all have highs and lows and often need those down times to appreciate the good times. It is important to try and stay as uplifted and positive as possible.
In celebration of International Day of Happiness, we are encouraging our community to think of what makes you happy? What do you enjoy and value and how can you incorporate these actions into your daily life in small, meaningful habits?
Injecting happiness and positivity into your day isn’t always easy, some days it is easier than others, but if we all think of a few habits for happiness that we can incorporate into our daily routines, it’s a positive start to uplift your mood for the day. If you practice happiness habits daily, they will become a consistent part of your life and will help to increase your overall level of happiness long term.
Miranda is a big believer in doing at least three things that bring you joy and happiness each day. Below are just a few daily habits for happiness that Miranda tries to incorporate into her routine:
Miranda practices positive affirmations daily because she believes they have the power to increase confidence, inner strength and acceptance. They can also be mood changing and help bring a sense of peace and harmony to our lives. She enjoys the practice of cultivating a positive mindset by choosing an affirmation card at the start of each day.
“We are all faced with different challenges in our day to day lives, but it’s how we deal with them and how we approach the situation that makes the difference. It’s not something that comes easy all the time, but I do make a conscious effort to try to focus on the positives and use challenges as a way of growing and learning.” – Miranda
Miranda has often referred to her gratitude practices. She likes to write down three things she’s grateful for each day, and puts a strong focus on cultivating kindness and gratitude within her home.
Smiling causes not only a physical transformation in your face but also an emotional and mental change that can lift your mood. One of Miranda’s favourite pieces of beauty advice from her grandmother was to “hold yourself with grace, poise and gratitude – to smile from the inside out and let your light shine!”
The old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is known for reducing tension and stress in difficult times and is recommended when someone is feeling down. When you laugh you release endorphins that make you feel good. It can bring a sense of relief, comfort and happiness. Laughter can lighten a room, lift spirits and bring people together. We highly encourage a little bit of laughter everyday.
“I love nothing more than a belly laugh with my family and friends, it’s incredibly reenergising.” – Miranda
There is nothing more cleansing than getting outside into nature after a busy day, especially if you have spent a long period of time indoors. Nature can bring a sense of grounding back into your day, feeling grass beneath your feet and fresh air on your face can rejuvinate your senses and refresh your spirits.
“Being close to nature makes me happy, I find it calming and cleansing. It’s good for my soul.”
Cooking can be quite therapeutic for the soul for some people. Whether it’s around actually making the food or bringing your friends and family together and watching them enjoy what you’ve prepared, cooking can bring with it connection. Make cooking together a social activity and have fun. Get creative and don’t be afraid to get messy!
“I love cooking! The kitchen is a hive of activity at home and is where we all come together.” – Miranda
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Whether its with your biological family or the family you choose, spending time with family can help bring a sense of warmth, love and happiness into your life. Have deep conversations, make meaningful connections, be present in the moment and put away the technology.
“I am happiest when I am spending time with family, it can be anywhere in the world. We love playing board games as a family, having BBQ’s, dancing to music, jumping on the trampoline.” – Miranda
Spending time at home in your own environment is when you can be your most authentic self and relax. This can bring an overall sense of peace and calmness within.
“For me, home is where the heart is. It’s my sanctuary. A place that brings together memories of my childhood, my experiences travelling and experiencing different countries and cultures, the joys of raising my own family, the beauty of nature and where I feel my happiest.” – Miranda
Here at KORA Organics we believe self-care is so important. In order to be your best and to be able to give your best to others, you must first look at taking care of yourself and incorporate little self-care practices that make you feel good and fill up your cup daily.
“Self-care is really important. Taking time out to take care of yourself is integral. For us to give our best, we need to feel our best. So for me, I think the biggest lesson I have learned is to dedicate time each day to do something that I enjoy… whether that’s exercise, meditation, a facial or massage, or even reading a book. To switch off for 20 minutes, check in with myself and do something that makes me feel good is important. I feel much more balanced and am able to give so much more to my family, work and friends.” – Miranda
It may seem like something you can’t do everyday but the smallest of gestures can bring happiness to yourself and others. Hold the door for someone, giving up your seat on the bus or train, volunteer your time, helping out friend, family member, neighbour or co-worker. One small act of kindness can make a difference.
What makes your heart happy? How do you incorporate every day habits for long-lasting happiness?