Work deadlines, sick child, pressure to be the PTO President/perfect classroom mom, weekly chores to be done, keep fit and healthy…. oh yeah, and then fit in “YOU” time into the equation and smile all while doing it! Life can be full of challenges, struggles and frustrations…but it’s also a choice on how you approach your happiness.
A few weeks ago, I read a great quote in the morning:
“It’s a LONG day ahead” …. how did you just interpret that? Hopefully as you’re BLESSED to have a long/full day of life to live; not a day of struggles. It’s all how you interpret it.
To be honest, when I first read that morning post, I read it as: It’s a LONG (busy, stressful, grueling) day ahead. Not a positive/optimistic outlook of what a wonderful opportunity to have a full and abundant day ahead. And I’m a very “glass half full” kind of person. But it made me stop and think…my plate is constantly full, but how can I boost my happiness level?
So today I’m sharing with you a few of the ways I’ve started making a calendar date of daily happiness. It’s wonderful and ABSOLUTELY the best part of my busy, crazy days!
Make Time for Your Family
Put the cell phones down and just ‘be’. Much easier said than done, but amazing how much happiness you’ll absorb. Talk with your mom/sister/dad/daughter…. turn music on and learn what happened in your spouse’s day… sit and simply watch that little baby in your life as they explore everything ‘new’. As you all know, my hubby and I welcomed our baby girl into this world 8 months ago. I have NO IDEA where 8 months went…and I’m notorious for coming right home from work and opening up my laptop to keep working and just letting her play beside me; but I was missing out on the experience of her playing. So, I’ve now stopped…not all night…but for 30 minutes (which I’m sure some will say is not enough, or for others will criticize, in the charity world, why I’m NOT working around the clock) …but I now take 30 minutes, put our favorite music on (she loves Disney) and we just talk/babble/play/snuggle and ‘just be’. Let me tell you, it’s THE BEST 30 MINUTES OF MY WHOLE DAY!
There is some serious therapy when it comes to being artistic. I’m a creative person by nature so I love to design/paint/create…lately I’ve been carving out just 15 minutes of time to work on creative graphics for different entrepreneurial ideas; or reading décor magazines/articles to look at new DIY projects I could do in our home. I love being creative…so think about your creative side: grab a coloring book, paint a canvas or maybe play an instrument…it EVOKES happiness and improves your mood.
Create A Bucket List
Who doesn’t like to dream big? Studies suggest that spending money on life experiences can bring more happiness than material things. Maybe it’s a restaurant that you’re dying to eat at; or a trip that’s been a dream trip. Or it’s learning to play the piano or a new sport. My husband and I would sit around and with no dream too big or crazy…we’d write them down. A few times during the year, we’d revisit them and see where we were at, if we changed our minds but constantly kept them in front of us. Guess what, we’ve done a fair amount of them and to this day continues to be a JOY to experience life events and create memories (and dream of new ones) throughout the year!
So, the next time you’re looking at your to do list or seeing the day as being a challenge vs. a blessing, take a minute to find a happiness booster. Maybe it’s one of these ideas or maybe it’s something else. Share with us, we’d love to build a growing list of happiness ideas!