7 Ways to Be Happy
1. Shake Things Up
Can we get to the point? You’re sitting down, ready for the answers to happiness, but it’s been with you all along. It’s there, within you, beside you, right in front of you. Now, for this first step, I need you to do something, physical. STAND UP AND SHAKE IT LIKE YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE! Ok, now that you have everyone’s attention around you, take a five minute break and walk around. This gives your body some exercise and gets your body and brain in touch with each other.
2. Writing Random Thoughts or Updates
Similar to shaking things up, I suggest rising your RiseUP to the standing position, turning off the monitor and closing that laptop. Now find pen and paper, and take ten minutes to write down your progress, cross off those items on your list that you have been working so hard for, or journal about what feelings you may have. Just take this time to write, randomly, without worrying about structure. This is for you and no one else.
3. Random Acts of Kindness
Everyone loves doughnuts and coffee. On a diet? Make healthy snacks and bring them in the office. Just be aware of allergies. It’s clinically proven that five random acts of kindness a week improves happiness. You can simply write someone a thank-you note or pay for someone’s coffee.
4. Unplug and Disengage
Considering all the information that’s constantly in our lives, it’s important to unplug from time to time. To be able to disengage from chaos allows for personal renewal and an opportunity to reset.
5. Focus, Focus, Focus
It would be amazing if our responsibilities were about one thing throughout the day, but that’s typically not how things get done. However, if you can break things down into chunks, and focus on one chunk at a time, you become more involved and can tackle challenges better.
6. Hands Up! Don’t forget to breathe
This may sound silly, but it’s important to remember to breathe. No matter how stressful the day is, you can always stop, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. This centers your mind and body, bringing perspective and clarity.
7. Reflect on Gratitudes
No matter if you have a blog, journal, website, or just a notebook, write down three to five things you’re grateful for from the previous week.
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
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