Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10 Little Things that Lead to Happiness

Are you looking for ways to become happier?  I have created a list of suggestions of things you can do to feel better about yourself and your life.
  1. Try to live a balanced life. That means not too much of anything--not too much spending, not too much working, not too much playing, not too much eating, etc.
  2. Get plenty of rest. This is difficult when you have young children, but I think it is important to get enough sleep. It's okay to take naps--just don't lie there all day. Having a brief rest can refresh you for the rest of the day. 
  3. Don't procrastinate. Putting things off just leaves a spot in your mind of one more thing you have to get done. Get it done and your mind is free and clear. Research clearly shows the efficacy of exercise in decreasing symptoms of depression. Take a walk, do some jumping jacks, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  4. Prioritize your time. The only way you have time for something is to make time for it. What is most important in your life? Is it really spending hours on Facebook or Pinterest, or is it exercising or spending time with those you love? This ties into living a balanced life.
  5. Learn to delay gratification. This is a secret that happy people know. People are able to wait for the reward appreciate it more.
  6. Live within your means. This ties into number six. People who spend what they don't have are usually end up feeling stressed and unhappy. Before buying, ask yourself, "Will buying something I can't afford really make me happy in the long run, or will I just end up stressing about the bills?" And don't be fooled by little items, thinking this is only $10 (or whatever price). The little items add up quickly.
  7. Have fun! Get down and play with your kids, hike through the woods and let your imagination run, be silly, put on fun music and dance like crazy, draw, try something new.
  8. Eat right. It is amazing how foods can effect your mood. Eating healthier can make you feel so much better.
  9. Spend time with God everyday and list out what you have to be thankful for. Focusing on what you have to be thankful for can shift your mindset.
  10. Help others.  Helping others takes the focus off of ourselves and our problems and allows us to focus on someone else's needs.  Visit a neighbor, make dessert for a friend, volunteer.  There are so many little things you can do to help others.  In turn, you will help yourself.

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