Being grateful for what you have is my number one way to be happier!
After a bit of a rough start to the week yesterday…yes, we all sometimes have rough Mondays, I was able to turn it around by focusing on things that I was grateful for. But my Monday blahs were not because I had to fight traffic, or go into a job that I hate…it was simply because I didn’t plan my day out. I know it sounds crazy but when you work from home…it is so friggin easy to let the distractions around the house derail you. So having my day scheduled out allows me to get so much more done in less time! I’ll be writing a whole other blog post about that! But anyway, that poor planning definitely affected my level of happiness!
So it got me to thinking about ways that I could turn things around and instead of feeling BLAH…I could feel happier! I mean have you ever met someone that didn’t want more happiness? The pursuit of happiness seems to be an ongoing quest for most people. It was for me yesterday! Luckily, finding happiness might be much easier than you think! Many times, simple solutions can be effective.
Consider these strategies to bring more happiness into your life:
- Count your blessings. When we are feeling overwhelmed, out of balance or just plain stressed, take a moment to sit and think of all the GOOD in your life. Use a journal to jot down all that you are feeling grateful for and you’ll immediately reduce your stress level and start to feel happier.
- Ask for support and be supportive. Most of us enjoy the feeling of helping others. You can also accomplish a lot more if you simply ask for help and support when you need it.
- Make your life simpler. Having too many tasks, commitments, and physical items in your life makes everything harder. Only keep the commitments, people, and items that you love.
- Helping others and seeing that your life isn’t so bad is sure to make you happier.
- Take the time to create. Everyone has a creative genius inside of them, but most of us rarely get to use it. Find a creative project and let your imagination run wild.
- Surround yourself with happy people. It’s hard to be happy when those around you are unhappy. Find a few individuals who consistently seem happy and develop new friendships.
- Be flexible and open-minded. If you’re inflexible or closed-minded, you’re probably miserable. When no one is living up to your expectations, how can you be happy? The more carefree you can be, the happier you’ll be.
- Listen to music you love. Music is a great way to unwind, relax, get excited, and feel motivated. Music can change your emotions, so use it to your advantage.
- Sleep enough. Too little sleep makes you grumpy and is bad for your health. Enjoy better days by getting enough sleep the night before.
- Simply do your best. If you try to do your best, life is much simpler. There’s no more deciding how much effort you’ll put into something and no regrets that you didn’t try hard enough.
- Watch less TV. Perhaps nothing wastes more time than watching TV. It’s mostly a way to avoid a boring and unhappy life. Go find something to do that actually makes you happy.
- Be well-rounded. Some of us are great with money, but in horrible physical shape. Others have a great social life, but are at war with their families. Having balance in all aspects of your life makes a big impact. Work on the areas of your life that aren’t as strong.
- Try new things. Odds are you haven’t played your favorite sport or read your favorite book yet. You might not have even met your best friend yet or tried your favorite food either. You won’t find any of these things if you’re not open to new possibilities.
- Embrace spontaneity. Planning can be a good thing, but spontaneity has the potential to be great, too.
- Exercise each day. Exercise can boost your mood and help your waistline. Find a form of exercise you truly enjoy.
- Spend time on a hobby you love. Hobbies are things you do because you want to, not because you have to. Finding a hobby is a great way to channel your creative side, while also relaxing and escaping from the stresses of life.
- Stop waiting. There are only so many tomorrows. Get started by doing some of the things you’ve been putting off until “the time is right.”
- Read regularly. Reading can be a healthy distraction and great form of entertainment. It can also teach you things you didn’t already know.
- Plan an exciting future. Part of happiness is having something to look forward to. Give yourself a compelling future.
Do you see how simple it can be to increase the level of happiness in your life? Add a few of these items to your life each day and measure the results. Being happy doesn’t have to be complicated. Many of the best things in life are simple and free.
Hope this helps you!!