There’s so much negativity in the world right now. It’s important that you understand how significant the little things are in life and how they impact your overall level of happiness on a daily basis.
Here are 5 practical tips you can implement as soon as today!
1. Wake Up Earlier
You don’t have to wake up before the rooster crows, but you should get out of bed earlier than usual. By waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier, you’ll discover that you have that much more time to enjoy yourself.
Use this time to do something that makes you happy. You could read a book, listen to music, or enjoy a cup of coffee on the porch. Or, perhaps you could draw, paint, or assemble puzzles. If you’re a baker, you could make a delicious treat for later.
While some people wake up earlier and then rush off to work, use this time to do something you enjoy. You’ll notice just how much happier you are when your day starts off right.
2. Eat The Frog First
There’s a popular saying that goes, “Eat the frog first.” The basic gist of the saying is that you should do the things that you dread the most at the very beginning of the day.
When you arrive at work, make it a point to ‘eat the frog first’. This could mean writing up a report, updating the budget, or dealing with accounting issues. “Whatever it is, do that one thing first and it will likely help you feel less stressed throughout the day knowing you don’t still have your most dreaded task ahead of you,” Zip Schedules, a leader in online employee scheduling software, points out on their blog.
3. Turn Off the News
While many people enjoy turning on the evening news after they get home from work, the reality is that there isn’t much happiness in these stories. It’s all about war, terrorism, natural disasters, and political feuds. In reality, very few of the topics discussed on the news will actually have a tangible impact on your day. So, why immerse yourself in the negativity? Turn off the news and watch a sitcom, play a game, or read a book.
4. Compliment Others
There is something incredibly powerful about dishing out compliments. While compliments certainly make others feel good, they actually make the giver feel even better in many cases.
When you make it a priority to give compliments, you’re actively spending less time thinking about yourself and more time noticing the wonderful things around you. And when you open your eyes up and start thinking positively, you’ll notice that there’s actually a lot of good stuff happening.
5. Spend Time Outdoors
How many hours do you spend cooped up inside? Well, according to Amy Westervelt of Forbes, we spend around 90 percent of our time indoors. That’s pretty depressing!
According to research published in the Harvard Health Letter, spending time outdoors can actually have a tangible impact on your overall level of happiness. “Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there’s usually more light available outside than in,” the report reads. “Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up, so if being outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more smiles.”
Discover The Happier You
We all have the right to be happy. For some of us, being cheerful comes naturally. However, for millions of people, happiness feels like it’s elusive and buried deep beneath the surface. The good news is that by developing positive habits and weeding the negativity out of your life, you can enjoy happier days – every day!