In the past, I always thought of happiness as this all encompassing feeling… attached to some big event or revelation. With age, experiences and my growing interest in mindful practices, I have realized that happiness comes with small moments, with good things that happen everyday. It is and probably will always be a process. But being able to recognize that being happy or joyful can come at any time, makes us appreciate this world we live in even more.
Here are a few methods that can put a smile on our faces each day.
1.Ask yourself – What is the happiest moment of your day and savor it.
There are many business articles that talk about peak productivity times where we do our best work. It may depend on body rhythms, how we nourish ourselves or personality types (morning people vs night owls, etc.) all of which affect performance levels. Outside of being on work mode though, we should also think about peak happy moments too. Determine the time of day that you are most happiest and revel in it.
I personally love the very early morning. I get up at 5 am and I really appreciate the quiet and serenity at that time. I sit and sip either a hot cup of coffee or green tea latte then I try to just be still and reflect until I get ready for my workout. I am also trying to get into a habit of saying thank you first thing in the morning.
2.Move – walk, bike, run, yoga, stretch.
Exercise helps improve mood and brain health. My day is not complete without my morning exercise. I would rather get it done earlier than worry about completing it later when one only knows that obligations, work exhaustion or just procrastination can get the better of us.
3.Surround yourself with people who make you better
We cant please everyone. Frankly, it causes anxiety and is merely exhausting. So choose people you like being around where you don’t have to fake a smile or push the small talk. I personally would rather be alone than force myself into situations just for the sake of ‘being seen’. The company you keep should inspire you to be the best person you can possibly be.
4. Find a hobby or an activity that gives you bliss and do a little of it everyday
I love to write but I am no professional or expert in any sense. I just do it anyways – whether its for my blog, a press release at work or just in a daily journal. I also like to read articles so that I can learn tips on how to write better.
5. Learn something new
There is a great degree of personal satisfaction when we are using our human capacities in a proactive way. At the beginning of the year, I committed to learning how to cook and so every weekend I try to make one new dish. I look up a recipe online and recreate it or alter it slightly based on my food preferences. It is a lot fun, and I get to be a little creative in the kitchen (even if I never really cooked in the past).
Outside of cooking, I also do online classes. We’re so lucky that we live in a day and age where we have so many resources at our fingertips such as Skillshare, Udemy and Coursera. Being open to new ideas and concepts keeps our minds healthy and active. And yes, research shows that there is a definitive connection between creativity and happiness:
The above are just a few things that have worked for me. I am sure there are tons of other ways to make happiness a daily goal.