How to Be Happier – 5 Simple Steps
Jun 3rd, 2014
Recently, we posted this photo on our Facebook Page:
And it got me thinking: “Do I do the things that make me happy?” And, honestly, I really could do more of the things that make me happy. But it happens to all of us: we get into our day-to-day routines of work, getting things done around the house, etc. and start to forget about doing more things for ourselves. Recent studies show that happy people are more productive than those who aren’t happy; if there is proof that being happier could make you perform better in other facets of your life, wouldn’t you want to do more of what makes you happy? Here are some simple steps on how you can be a happier person:
1. Carve out time for yourself. This can be tricky when you have kids, but it’s important to do anyway. Whether its reading your favorite books at the end of the night, taking a class or joining a group of friends that also share the same hobbies as you do, take time for yourself. You’ll be a happier person which will also translate into your home life. In short, happier parents = happier kids.
2. Let go of the negative. Every day, there can be something negative that can ruin your whole day. Let it go. Ask yourself: “Is this worth ruining my whole day over?” If the answer is no, then move on from it. This allows you to continue forward and not allow the little things to ruin your whole day.
3. Ask yourself: when was the last time I tried something new? Has it been a week? A few months? A few years? Trying new things can open up new ways for you to take time for yourself OR can be a fun date-night for you and your partner. Look up your local community calendar and see what’s available, ask your friends, or just throw a dart on a list and go! It could be an art class, a cooking class, rock climbing; whatever it is, if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but never made time for, MAKE TIME FOR IT.
4. Carpe Diem. This famous Latin phrase (Seize the Day) is something that I try and incorporate into my daily life as much as possible. It can be something as small as trying a new restaurant or something big like finally saving those pennies for a big trip. Whatever that “thing” is for you, take the opportunity when it presents itself to you; it may not come along again.
5. Be Thankful. Sometimes, we find ourselves envying what others have; it’s human nature. But, that can start to wear on a person and cause them to look at their own life and look down on what they have. Instead, look at what you have and be thankful for it. Sure, there are times where I wish I had a larger home or a better car. But when I look around at my house, filled with photos of family and friends, it really puts things in perspective. I could have a larger home with empty walls, or I can have my little house that is filled with love and happy memories. For me, I choose the latter; I’d rather be rich in love and happiness than with money.
Happiness is a powerful emotion; it can affect all parts of your life in positive ways. So, take the time and do more for yourself and the ripple effect from it will be felt in positive ways.