I’m always looking to explore the simple things in life. As I get older, I realize that people tend to become too wrapped up in things and, in doing so, forget to look at life from a more practical and simplistic view.
Today I wanted to share 5 simple things you can do to live a happier life. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?
Although each of these are simple to do, they are unfortunately just as easily forgotten. This is because most people don’t consistently practice them.
My personal belief is that, if you make an effort to do these five simple things, you’ll most certainly notice you’ll become more fulfilled, more relaxed and much happier.
Those 5 things are…
#1) Be in the Moment
Truly enjoy time with family and friends. Be in the moment and be sure to laugh and smile while doing so.
Don’t be distracted by social media, television or what awaits for you at work tomorrow. Be present, tell jokes, listen, share, make fun of yourself or a situation in your life. Just find a little bit of time, each day, to spend meaningful time with people you care about.
This sounds simple, and obvious, but most people don’t do this on a regular basis. If you make an effort to make time for people every day, you’ll notice that your life starts to become more and more fulfilled because of the positive connections you’re making. That, mixed with the smiles and laugher, will surely enrich your life.
#2) Stop Making Excuses
Own your issues and stop blaming others or certain circumstances for your failures.
For example, getting up in the morning to work out, but not following through. This is one I’m guilty of. I’ll set my alarm to get up, yet as soon as I hear it, I turn it off and roll over. Later in the day I feel ashamed, but blame it on my age. Blame it on my sore joints or the fact that I don’t have a workout partner.
Truth is, I have myself to hold accountable. I recognize too that when I step on the scale, it is because of me and my lack of follow through that has me feeling badly about my weight or how I look. It’s me that put those cookies in my mouth when I know I shouldn’t have. It was me that was defiant and said “I don’t care, I can eat whatever I want.”
Truth is…it’s either important to me or it isn’t.
If we get out of the habit of always making excuses and inventing stories, our life becomes easier. We can make decisions and if we decide to do something or not to do something, we just need to own it and accept what we get from it.
#3) Make Time for Yourself
This is something everyone takes for granted. We need to make a conscious effort to escape our daily grind, at least once a week.This doesn’t mean going out and getting drunk, wasted or high. On the contrary. What I’m referring to is escaping from reality by doing the things that ignite your imagination and allow your mind to focus on something that gives you joy.
For some it’s reading books, others it’s watching or going to the movies. Some people enjoy playing board games, sports, art or whatever interests them.
Find ways to just take a break from your day-to-day reality and do things that allow you to recharge your battery with something that makes you happy.
#4) Get Out in Nature
Nature has a way of grounding and detoxifying our energy. Go out in nature at least a few times a week, and ideally on a daily basis. If you’re lucky enough to live on a property with a yard, get outside and just soak it up. Maybe find a nearby park for a brief walk. Touch a tree, sit on the grass, smell a flower, put your feet in water, etc. Even just sitting and staring at a tree swaying back and forth in the wind for 10 minutes can have a profound effect on your energy.
#5) Do Something Different
Get in the habit of doing something different. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but just make a conscious decision to change what you normally do in some way.
People often all into patterns. Simple things like how they start their day. Maybe the first thing they do is grab a cup off coffee before they turn on their computer at work. The point is, every once in a while it’s good to break certain patterns as you begin to recognize them.
Maybe you take a different route to work one day. Why not take a chance and have lunch at a different restaurant? Trying a place that you were curious about, but just never gotten around to. Perhaps you buy your clothes at a certain store, why not try buying one piece of clothing someplace else?
The point is, you should try one new thing every so often. What do you have to lose?
You might notice that life becomes a little bit less boring and a lot more awesome, when you’re willing to try new things and do little things differently each day. Give it a shot.
These 5 things, as small as they are, do have more of an impact than you might think. Unfortunately for me, I keep setting that alarm and not getting up, but I recognize it’s not as important to me anymore and I’m accepting my part in it. Eventually I hope to overcome it by continuing to remind myself, it’s all up to me.
I hope you’ll try and put these things into practice. If so, I’m sure you’ll see the benefits I’ve mentioned.
How about you though…do you have any examples of things you’ve done to change it up and live a happier life? If so, I’d love to know about them, so please share.