If you’ve read my book, Find Your Inner Happy, you know that I’m all about active strategies to make you happier over time. But what can you do right now? What can you do today? I’ll tell you what you can do: these things!
Spend time around water: take a hot bath, drink some cool water, swim, be near the ocean. Water has healing properties.
Meditate: sit still and straight. Pay attention to your out-breath.
Sweat: find an exercise you enjoy doing, and do it. I like running and biking and hiking and lifting heavy things.
Write: whether it’s a paper journal or a blog, writing things out is cathartic.
Eat real food: the fewer the ingredients, the better.
Sleep more: even a little more. Take a nap if you can. If you can’t, go to bed a little earlier.
Support: read a magazine or blog that’s better than the work that you do, preferably with a beverage and a in a spot of sunshine. Bonus points for subscribing.
Be honest: like ol’ Abe, do work you believe in, and tell the truth.
Pick your clothes up off the floor: your environment reflects your mental state. Delight in daily beauty and respect for your belongings.
Put around photos of those you love: see their wonderful faces every day.
Build community: bicycle around the ‘hood, go to the park, the cafe, the grocery store. Being around your neighbours will open up your heart.
Indulge: sometimes, eat too much ice cream. Stay up too late watching movies. Eat all the bacon and eggs. Only sometimes.
Be foolish: Smile at strangers. Laugh loudly. Without fear.
Pick up trash on the street: don’t just say, “Someone should pick that up.” Because you know what? You’re someone.
Spend time with a dog: dogs will make your heart happy. Don’t have a dog? No problem. It’s easy to say, “Excuse me, may I please pet your dog?” Scared to say it? Don’t be. Remember, be foolish. (Also a lot of people are super-chuffed to talk about their dogs.)
Sing along to your favourite songs: loudly. Off-key if that’s how you sing.
Breathe: in and out. Slowly.
Help others: for no reason, other than it’s the right thing to do. Stop obsessing about your own happiness and focus on someone else’s.
Sit down to eat: and take your time with your meals. Never eat while standing up or driving
Get out in nature: for a walk or a hike. Natures makes us open and calm.
Put your phone down: do one thing at a time. Being present is always more efficient, and will help you have bigger, better ideas and new ways of looking at things.
How do you create happiness in your days? Do you do any of these? Anything I’ve missed? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!