"The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence."

In a world filled with drama, chaos, and unwanted negativity, it can be difficult to find inner peace and serenity.  Between working your 9-5, going to school, taking care of the kids and listening to the nightly news, finding your happiness can seem inevitable.  Thanks to Essence, we have three simple and tangible ways you can find your inner calm.  Take a look inside at these simple steps.

1. Enjoy the outdoors.  Take a walk in the park, eat lunch in the courtyard at work or start a garden in your backyard.  Being outdoors and surrounded by nature's beauty will make you feel grateful, blessed and less stressed.

2. Build your spirituality.  According to recent studies, it has been proven that believing and praying to a higher power can decrease your anger and build your faith and patience regarding your current situation.

3. Laugh more.  Believe it or not, having a good laugh can do amazing things for your health.  Not only can it reduce your risk of a heart attack, it will also aid in reducing your stress.  So, tune into the latest Netflix comedy special or plan a lunch date with your funniest bestie!

(via Essence)