Happiness is a choice. The growing body of research is demonstrating that as we become happier, we become better people. As we become happier we become more compassionate, more creative, more energetic, more financially successful, more emotionally and physically healthy.
~ Naomi Simson, founder of “Red Balloon”
Though we may all have varied goals and paths, ultimately, we all have the same objective: happiness
Here are small changes that you can make to your daily routine that will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:
- Expect the best
Life usually lives up (or down) to your expectations. Start each day with the expectation that something wonderful is going to happen – and chances are that it will!
- Give something to everyone you meet
Give a gift to each person that you come across today. Give the gift of your smile, a kind word, or your full attention. Not only will it make them feel happy, it will increase your happiness too!
- Think the best of everyone
We can never understand the “why” and “what” behind other people’s actions. We can never understand fully what they are going through, or have been through. By assuming the worst of others, we add unnecessary misery to life. Assume that others have good intentions, and give them the opportunity to live up to those expectations!
- Concentrate on the now
One of the greatest barriers to happiness is worry. Worry of what may happen in the future. And the worry is usually based on things that are outside of your control. Focus on the present moment, rather than what may (or may not!) happen in the future. After all, here and now is when we live. We might live tomorrow as well. But who knows.
- Eat well
When we are busy it’s easy to skip meals, or get something quick (and unhealthy) on the go. However our bodies – and minds – need regular nutritional food to function at our best. This is something I am guilty of – not eating well, and then wondering why I feel so ordinary. The simple (and amazing) truth is – the better we eat, the better we feel, and the better we function!
- Give what you would like to receive
This is a great practice that I find very beneficial. If I am lonely, I try to provide companionship to others. If I am sad, I try to make someone else happy. Through generosity and giving of ourselves we find happiness.
- Be thankful
Each night before you go to sleep, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened through the day that you are grateful for. No matter how big or small. Or another idea – instead of reading my son a bedtime story, we sit and discuss all the things we were grateful for that day. It’s a great way to connect.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~Aristotle