Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
Far from an elusive concept, happiness is something each person can create for themselves. Here are a few ways how.
Build Strong Relationships – As social beings, fostering healthy relationships is essential.
- Eat one meal per day with other, and have a no phone policy
- Focus on building relationships in real life, not just on social media.
- Take the initiative to arrange a meet up, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
- Engage in activities with like minded people. Find a hobby or sport you love.
- Stay connected by communicating regularly. It could be a coffee once a month or a weekly phone call. Be honest even if it feels hard at the time. It build trust and a deeper relationship.
- Help you friend or partner solve a problem, it feels good for both of you.
- Be honest even if it feels hard at the time. It builds trust and a deeper relationship.
Choose a fulfilling career – People spend about 90000 hours over a life time, so do something you enjoy.
- List things you enjoy and are good at and find an occupation that fits.
- Don’t decide based on money. Thank about what else the job can offer.
- Choose fulfilling work, where you can grow your skills.
- Personalise your work space with meaningful things such as personal photos.
- Live close to work to limit your commute.
- Create long term career goals. Choose 3 things you would like to achieve in the next 5 years.
- Find a job that matches your core values. Before accepting a job offer find out what matters to the organisation.
Choose a fun hobby – Learning new things helps us feel capable and self assured.
- Write a list of your dream hobbies.
- Choose one thing on the list to try in the next 12 months.
- Block out time in your schedule to do it.
- Invite a friend to join you. It will also strengthen your relationship with each other.
- Don’t fear challenges. They turn into a sense of accomplishment.
- Join an online community around your hobby to share and stay motivated.
Look after your body – Science says there is a direct correlation between physical health and happiness.
- Get outside to soak up vitamin D rich sunshine and fight depression.
- Eat healthy at least 7 portions of fruits and vegetables each day in balanced meals.
- Try yoga to improve your mood over the long term.
- Have sex once a week. It feels good and helps maintain an intimate connection with your partner.
- Sleep for at least 8 hours per night.
- Exercise regularly. Even a walk a day can produce endorphins that make you feel good.
Develop a life philosophy – How we think about life dictates how we feel about ourselves.
- Meditate. It can help you to detach from your emotions, deal with things more logically.
- Write down what you’re grateful for every day when you wake up, to set the mood for the rets of the day.
- Allow yourself to just be in the moment. Once a day, stop what you are doing and notice sights, smells, tastes and feelings.
- Identify your personal care values. Live by them.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remind yourself of the big picture and consider the long term impact.
Create a happy space – Design your personal space to relax and rejuvenate you.
- Get rid of stuff you don’t need like extra clothes and kick knacks.
- Create something to complement your space, whether it’s a picture you pained or table you’ve built.
- Make use of colour. Add yellow to increase feelings of optimism, purple to stimulate imagination or blue to bring peacefulness.
- Fill your space with flowers and plants. They create oxygen, and floral scents can put is in a good mood.
- Move the furniture around and experiment with arrangement to see what feels best.
- Create tech free zones in your home. Keep visually appealing baskets to store your electronics out of site.