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45 Things You Can Do to Get Happy No Matter Where You Are

45 Things You Can Do to Get Happy No Matter Where You Are

    In any given moment, no matter if you’re at work, home, or sitting at Starbucks sipping on a caramel cappuccino, there are at least eight trillion things that you can do to suck a little more fun out of life.

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    It’s time to stop whining about the temperature outside and start loving every oozy minute. Here are 45 things that you can do to feel happier right now. I do suggest opening your agenda and choosing one to do every day for the next 45 days. Then call me (maybe) and tell me just how happy you are!

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    1. Take a power nap (20 minutes).
    2. Leave a generous tip at a restaurant.
    3. Become a vegetarian/vegan.
    4. Get rid of 3 things you never use.
    5. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for.
    6. Don’t use Facebook for the rest of the day.
    7. Stop watching/reading the news for a week.
    8. Buy a new album on iTunes.
    9. Write a journal entry.
    10. Meditate.
    11. Go to the local coffee shop and talk to the barista.
    12. Sign up for a fitness class.
    13. Set a fitness goal.
    14. Watch a romantic comedy.
    15. Grab a book at the library.
    16. Join a book club.
    17. Take a deep breath.
    18. Clean your bathroom. Just do it. There are surprising benefits to a clean space.
    19. Sit on a park bench.
    20. Talk to the stranger next to you.
    21. Send someone a card “just because”.
    22. Go for a walk.
    23. Buy a plane ticket…to anywhere.
    24. Call a friend.
    25. Email a friend.
    26. Set a goal and get super-motivated.
    27. Stop being busy. Start being productive. Ask yourself: “Is my work producing direct results?”
    28. Cancel everything on your schedule that you’re not excited to do.
    29. Hell, just cancel everything on your schedule.
    30. Hide your credit card.
    31. Start your life list.
    32. Clean-up your desktop. Use Alfred to find things on your computer. It’ll change your life!
    33. Watch a TED talk.
    34. Go for a bike ride.
    35. Turn off the computer for the rest of the day.
    36. Smile.
    37. Buy someone lunch.
    38. Make a list of every kick ass thing you’ve already done in your life.
    39. Draw a picture
    40. Make a decision to stop doing what’s making you unhappy.
    41. Make a list of things you want to do before your next birthday.
    42. Drink some water.
    43. Take a picture of something beautiful.
    44. Read Zen Habits.
    45. Stop reading this. Get off your butt and do something. NOW.

    Like I said, the options are limitless. So, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. What one little thing do you do in order to get happy fast?

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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