Happiness is a practice. Most days, I wake up and I’m excited to start a new day and see what type of adventure awaits. But, there are those few days when I can be in a funk.
Do you ever feel that way?
Of course, it’s normal to have those few downer days. Life keeps testing our abilities and it’s up to us on how to react and move forward.
Here’s a simple guide to keep your happiness on track.
1. Make the bed
The simple act of making the bed each morning kick starts your day. This tiny task powers your productivity and creates good habits. It provides a sense of accomplishment early in the day, which brings happiness. And it only takes a couple of minutes to do.
You’ll also find a sense of calm in the bedroom. Looking at a bedroom with a messy bed can bring feelings of angst. Start your happy day with this easy task.
(Thanks mom for making this a habit!)
Smiling reduces stress, triggers happiness, and makes you feel good. Smile when you wake up and remember to practice it throughout the day. Smile at others (it’s contagious!) or smile at yourself when looking in the mirror.
Try smiling now while you read this.
See, it works!
3. Be thankful
Each day, find at least one thing to be thankful for. Observing the things you are grateful for will help you stay positive. It’s also good practice for a happier way of living.
Find out more about gratitude and happiness by reading – 6 Ways Gratitude Can Improve Your Life and Make You Happier.
There’s a saying, “laughter is the best medicine”. Laughter may not cure your problems, but it will improve your mood and provide a sense of well being. Laugh a lot to have a happy day and keep a sense of humor.
5. Get outside
Spending time outside has great health benefits and boosts happiness. Some of the greatest ideas occur when being outside as it helps with focus, negativity decreases as it helps improve your outlook on life, and stress levels decrease because being outside makes us feel happier.
Take a time-out (even if it’s a couple of minutes) to meditate. If meditating sounds weird, then think of it as taking time to breathe. Meditation is a practice that encourages concentration, positive thinking, clarity, and peace.
Exercising the mind is as important as exercising the body. It’s relaxing, it’s good for overall health, and of course, it makes us happier.
As a simple living advocate, maintaining a simple life is a great way to a happy day. Focus on what’s important, keep things that make you happy, do more of what makes you happy, and try to simplify as much as you can. Reduce what is complicating life and move onto a happier you.
8. Clean the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather for beverages or food. A clean kitchen is good for everyone’s health and safety. A clean kitchen also sets the tone of the home.
At the end of the day, my kitchen gets cleaned – dishes washed, counters cleaned and organized. It creates serenity for the household and encourages everyone to chill out and wind down for the evening. And in the morning, I wake up to a clean kitchen, which makes me feel like I can conquer the day.