Everyone that isn’t happy wishes they were. Those that are already happy would like to be even happier. A life filled with happiness is a worthwhile goal and readily achievable. A life lacking happiness is a constant challenge. Happiness isn’t just about the big things. There are many small items that color your life and subtly add to or subtract from it.
If you’d like to add more happiness to your life, try these tips:
1. Realize that money is great for solving problems, but does little to increase happiness.
Need new tires on your car? Want to make a career change? Money is a great solution. However, once you have enough money to meet your basic needs, happiness is found elsewhere. More money doesn’t make you happier.
2. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
If you think you’re thriving on 5 hours of sleep, think again. Every study on the topic has shown that every measured performance metric improves when sleep is increased to a minimum of 7 hours.
3. Give at least one sincere compliment each day.
Focus on the positive in others. You’ll feel better and receive the same consideration.
4. Be mindful.
Let go of regret and worry. Your life is happening right now. You surely don’t want to miss anything.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast.
Feel good about yourself by getting the day off on the right foot. You’ll also be more likely to eat a healthy lunch.
6. Spend regular time on a hobby you love.
Work is required for most of us. Hobbies are optional. Spend part of your free time on activities you do just for fun.
7. Be grateful.
8. Get out of the house.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you see and experience the same things consistently. See what else is going on in the world.
9. Find middle ground.
Happiness is rarely found at the extremes. The middle path is the sweet spot.
10. Focus on regular improvement instead of perfection.
11. Try something new.
You probably haven’t read your favorite book, eaten in your favorite restaurant, or met your favorite person yet.
12. Take a 10-minute break each hour.
Not only will you get more done each day, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day to enjoy yourself.
13. Get things done.
14. Spend time with those you love.
Few things can enhance your happiness more than spending quality time with those you love.
15. Say “yes.”
Some of us are too quick to say “no” to any new opportunity. Make it a point to say yes to new opportunities.
16. Say “no.”
Avoid agreeing to new obligations too quickly. If your plate is already full, piling on more responsibilities and commitments will only sour your mood.
Even if you don’t feel like it, smile. It’s free and you’ll feel just a little happier.
Poor choices can create challenging situations. Before saying something unkind or making a major purchase, take a moment and calm yourself first.
19. Do something you’ve always wanted to do.
Buy a cat or take piano lessons. Learn to speakFrench.
20. Introduce yourself to someone new.
The people in your life have a significant impact on your happiness. The person you meet today may become your best friend tomorrow.
Who wouldn’t want to experience a greater level of happiness on a regular basis? It’s much easier to be happier than you think. There are many simple things you can do each day to enhance your level of happiness.