“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
When you think about it then you may often think of the future in some way.
The dream vacation coming up, the promotion you are working towards, the baby that is on the way or the sixth date with someone new in your life.
But happiness can also be found in the small things of a regular day.
So today look for it there. Take just a few minutes and apply one of the tips below and see how it brightens your day.
1. One minute of appreciation.
Take a minute, sit down and just reflect on what you appreciate and love about your partner. Or a friend or family member. Or yourself.
This will fill you with gratitude and redirect your focus to the positive side of things.
2. Express your appreciation.
Tell the partner, family member or friend what you came up with. It will brighten his or her day. And as his or her face lights up with a big smile you’ll feel happier too because emotions are contagious.
3. Take 5 minutes to see how you can help someone out.
Offer some practical help, some good advice, look something up for him or her, be encouraging and supportive or just lend a listening ear.
4. Slow down for 3 minutes.
Walk and move slower for just these few minutes. Let your thoughts slow down. Use the 3 minutes to enjoy what is happening all around you.
Truly take it in with all your senses.
There is much simple wonder we miss each day because we are so preoccupied with our thoughts and plans for the future.
After those 3 minutes are up, continue at the slower pace if you like.
5. Be the smile you want to see in your world.
Smile more towards the people you meet and you’ll get more smiles back. You’ll feel better. They will too.
And they will probably smile more towards the other people they meet that day. So don’t wait for other people to smile more, be the smile you want to see in your world instead.
6. Make someone else happy.
Don't stop at just smiles.
- Give someone a big hug.
- Give him or her a small or a bigger gift of some kind.
- Cook their favorite food if they have had a bad day.
7. Start your day with setting a low bar for happiness.
As you open your eyes and wake up to a new day tell yourself:
“Today I will have a low bar for happiness”.
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