Despite all the modern conveniences designed to make life more efficient, do you ever feel that the weight of responsibilities and never-ending list of things to do burdening your happiness! I know I certainly do at times.
Years ago I discovered some simple steps that helped me stay sane and leading a happier life.
Step 1. Smile more
When you are hurting, stressed and generally not feeling very happy; a smile can make all the difference. As you go about your daily life, simply walk around with a smile on your face. It can feel awkward and a little uncomfortable at first but as you relax into smiling other people will notice your face is soft and welcoming. Nothing makes another persons day brighter than a smile from a stranger. The return smile may just make your day.
Step 2. Drink more water
Just like a plant the human body needs water to survive. A plant that hasn’t received the required amount of water starts to dry up, shrivel and die. The human body is more resilient but not by much. Water makes up between 58% and 70% of the body with the brain being a massive 85% water.
Headaches, poor concentration, sluggish bowel movements (eew right!) and fatigue are all signs of mild dehydration. Include an additional glass of water when you rise, 30 minutes before any meal and finally a glass not long before bed to increase your intake to 2 litres a day.
Step 3. Practice gratitude
Not every one wants to or even likes to mediate but taking a few moments of quiet time to reflect on the day ahead or just past. Take a few deep breaths and focus solely on what you are grateful for. Some days this can be extremely difficult but everything from the ability to read this article or even sit in the morning sun while you practice gratitude is something you can be grateful for.
Step 4. Find your passion
Life is not a dress rehearsal. If you hate being stuck in an office from 9-5 but your responsibilities mean you can’t break free just yet find something that drives you. Take a course in creative writing, photography or even a yoga class. Find that something that excites you and use your free time pursuing that passion. You might be passionate about comic conventions and spend your time planning your costume. It doesn’t matter what your passion is just find it and enjoy it.
Step 5. Have fun
Life is not meant to be a constant chore. Grab a ball and kick it around the park or play with a pet. Laugh with friends over a coffee. Go to the movies and see a good comedy. Dance around the house to your favourite singer. Go for a walk along the beach and watch the surfers. Read a good book.
Practicing these simple steps will guide you towards a healthier and happier life. The more you regularly follow these steps you will also be naturally guided to other avenues of a healthier life thus making you happier. Like when you are having fun and it leads you to finding your passion, hours of countless happiness will follow!