Happiness is influenced by our actions.
We can choose to live in a way that makes us feel happy, or not.
But, the reality is, we get too caught up everyday day life, to sit back and cultivate our happiness.
For example, travelling makes me happy but, can I do that every day? Not right now. So, does that mean I am subjected to a life of depression? Of course not.
Luckily, for you and I, there are some simple tweaks - that can significantly boost our daily happiness.
1. Write a "control pad"
Write a paragraph, in your note pad, on how you honestly feel about your present place in life - cover work, love and family alongside anything else important to you. Below that write three things that are within your control to change in the next 6 months.
2. Take a warm bath with your favourite scent
"You time" is crucial to your happiness and overall wellbeing. Even if it's just 20 minutes, take it and protect it with your life. Your mental health relies on it.
3. Wake up ten minutes earlier and drink your tea or coffee slower than usual
Try to do this facing a window, preferably with daylight and take in your morning without rushing or flooding it with nervous energy.
4. Cook your favourite dish for lunch or dinner
Cooking food can be very therapeutic. If you don't enjoy cooking, as much as others, maybe involve your friend, partner or children to make it more fun. However you decide to cook, the end result of eating delicious food will certainly boost your happiness.
5. Drink one more cup of water than you usually do
Instead of reaching for a coffee to help you break through the afternoon slump, drink a glass of water, you'll be shocked at how energised you will feel after.
6. Write down your favourite quote and frame it
Recognise words that motivate and inspire you. Use these words as your mantra. Reading your favourite quote, each day, will help you to stay on track with your personal goals and also remind you why you are pursuing them.
7. Learn one new thing a day
This doesn't have to be huge. It can be something as small as an animal fact (if you want to learn more about animals!). Try to point your daily learning towards a large concept that interests you, this way all your learning will have a purpose.
8. Accomplish one small goal a day that’s dedicated to personal development
This can be anything from reading more personal development literature, exercising more or start meditating. Whatever your personal development goal, make sure you start chipping away at it, each and every day.
9. Spend at least 20 minutes walking outside, per day
Nature is mother natures remedy for stress. Just simply looking at trees can make you feel more at ease and peaceful. So make sure you spend at least 20 minutes per day, in green nature to feel the benefits.
10. Give something back
This can go from complimenting a colleague to taking on a young mentor. Either way, make sure that you acknowledge the fact, that the world isn't all about you and give something back.
11. Look at old photos and reflect on how much you’ve grown and changed over the years
It's always nice to see how far you've come. Really study yourself and learn about how you have grown. Remember what it was like to be you all of those years ago. Were your worries ever necessary? What have you learnt?
12. Give yourself five reasons why you’re glad to be alive
This allows you to stay grateful and humble. Two things integral to our happiness.
13. Sit in a dark room and do absolutely nothing for 15 minutes
During this time try to focus on your breathing and take yourself to your happy place. It's worrying how much our digital distractions destroy our inner peace.
14. Create a bucket list of all the things you want to do before you turn a certain age
This will challenge you to seek new experiences, dream boldly, and stop holding yourself back. Hold yourself accountable to this list.
15. Reach out to a few people you admire
Tell them how your life has changed for the better because of them. This helps you to understand the value of others and the importance of a strong network. It also helps you to solidify existing relationships.