There’s a well known phrase that goes “You are what you eat”. I think the phrase should be changed to “You are what you think”. Whatever you want to call it: optimism, positivity, looking on the bright side, glass half-full…if you fill your mind and your life with things that make you happy, you will change your world.
The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha
There are things that you can do on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis that can make your life more joyful and peaceful and filled with less stress. If you can do 3-5 of these things every day it will make it easier to get through the day with a positive attitude. Some of these are activities or concrete things you can hold in your hand, while the others are more of an attitude or way of thinking and looking at things. Doing these can help you to live a happier life and can make the tough days easier to get through. Just begin.
Change your thoughts and you will change your world.
You probably won’t find anything new or earth-shattering here, but they really can change the way you feel and think. The key is to always look for the silver lining in any situation. Also look for the magic in your life. Sometimes it’s hidden and you have to look really hard to find it. Sometimes it goes by so fast that if you blink you might miss it. Sometimes you have a take a detour in order to find it. And sometimes you just have to ask for it to appear.
If you want to be happy, be.~Leo Tolstoy
Here are 8 categories that include a variety of things that you can do to feel happier:
Write a letter. Keep a daily journal. Compose a blog post. Start a book. Write a love note. .
Grow flowers, vegetables, herbs or fruits.
Watch a comedy in the movies or on tv. Go see a play or a concert or a sporting event.
Collect shells,stamps,or rocks shaped like hearts(it doesn’t matter what it is,as long as it brings you joy).
Create anything. Make art. Bake a pie. Knit a scarf. Put together a mood or inspiration board.
Plan a vacation, a party, an event. Make lists. Look for inspiration on Pinterest.
Join a club. Belong to a church. Sign up for a dinner group. Be a part of something.
Document and record your life. Capture the moment. Do something with your photos.
Read something every day. It can be fiction or non-fiction, or a book or magazine. Just read something! .
Cook or bake something with a family member or friend. It doesn’t matter what, the fun is in the making.
Animals will put a smile on your face! If you don’t have a pet you can volunteer at a shelter or visit the zoo.
Nature is amazing. Watch the sun rise. Take pictures of the sky. Notice the change of seasons.
Listen to music. Music can lift your mood like nothing else.
Favorite smells. Scents are wonderful things. They can relax you or they can lift you up.
Give back. Help others by donating your time and/or talents to a good cause.
Surprise someone with a gift or card…or give them a call to let them know that you’re thinking about them.
Permission to let it go. Sometimes there’s nothing that feels better then a good cry to let your feelings out.
Organized. It’s amazing what getting rid of the clutter can do for your life. Simplify your life when you can.
Moving. Exercise. Walk, bike, swim, do yoga or run…just get moving.
A good night’s sleep. This is one of those things that is “easier said than done”, but is so important.
Reward yourself. Give yourself a treat after you’ve accomplished something.
A sense of wonder. Look at things as though you’re seeing them for the first time. Be curious.
Touch someone. Give a hug…hold hands…get a backrub from a loved one
Gratitude. Appreciate the little things in life. Be thankful and celebrate the ordinary moments.
The sun on your face. It warms your soul.
Family & friends.
Yourself. Meditate or daydream. Take a hot bath. Eat healthy meals. Take naps. It’s ok to say no to things.
Routines & habits. Find comfort in your daily rituals and habits.
Traditions. Keep your old family traditions alive or make new traditions with your family.
Dreaming. Set goals. Aim high.
Calm. I know this is another thing that’s easier said than done…but panicking never helps. Be prepared.
Say yes to new adventures. Take a risk. Learn something new. Challenge yourself. Shake things up.
Discover someplace you haven’t been before. Find a park or museum…go bowling or ice skating.
Window shopping (yes, window shopping)! Visit stores with the intention of just looking & being inspired.
Take a ride…in a car, on a bike, a bus, a train or a plane.
Find your happy place. Know the places and things that make you happy. Is it the beach, is it at home? Is it when you’re by yourself or with others? Is it reading or photography?
What makes you happy? Let us know in the comments here, or by commenting on our Instagram photo today, and I’ll select one random person to win a free print of their choosing from my etsy shop.
This article was written by Dawn Smith.