Simple Ways To Be Happier
“I want to be happier”. It’s a notion that often comes up for many people, especially at this time of year, with New Year’s resolutions flying around. Who doesn’t want to find simple ways to be happier?
But how do you set about “being happier”, especially if you are in a season of life that just…isn’t. For some, the goal of being happier seems so far out of reach that it winds up being overwhelming.
Research shows that our brains are hard-wired to notice more of the negative aspects of life. Think back to our caveman days of constant “fight or flight” responses, looking out for danger in order to avoid, you know, death! So it’s almost human nature to live in the negative spiral of “omg doom”.
But by shifting our focus to the positive, on things that make us happy, we can actually rewire our brains. According to a number of studies, summarized and tested in this one, “Positive emotions widen people’s outlooks in ways that, little by little, reshape who they are.”
So, where do you even start?
There are some simple things you can do. Little things that don’t cost a lot, in time or money. I find it easiest to start small, where you are, right now. These simple ideas aren’t life changing in and of themselves. They aren’t a permanent cure-all, or a secret fix to all of life’s problems.
First Step To Happier
A good first step to identify the things around you that already make you happy. Make a list that you can post on the fridge, the bathroom mirror, on your bedside table, in your journal. Then when you need a “Little Pocket of Bliss” pull out the list and remind yourself of the little things that make you happy.
Turn this into a daily habit, and you’ll find your list will grow. And soon, you just might notice how easy it is to make your own happy whenever you need it.
And isn’t that the goal in the first place? To make your own happiness?
Free Printable List
Think about your five senses…sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. I’ve created this free printable, 25 Simple Ways To Be Happier to get you going. The first page is a list of suggestions, simple ways that combine our five senses and happy thoughts.
The second page is blank, for you to make your own list! Borrow some of the ideas to start, or come up with a list all your own simple ways to be happier!
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