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Tiny Changes to Make Your Life More Enjoyable

Would you like to be happier?

Silly question, right? No matter how happy we are, there’s always room for more happiness!

Even happy people wouldn’t say ‘no’ to the idea of feeling even better.

With that in mind, how often do you make changes to your life to increase your happiness?

It’s unlikely that you go about trying to make yourself Unhappy… but do you actually follow through with any efforts to make life more enjoyable?

Probably not.

Why? Is it too hard? Too scary? Too…risky?

Actually, the changes that can improve your daily ‘happiness’ levels are relatively small. Tiny, in fact.

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Happiness doesn’t necessarily require earth-shattering undertakings. You can move forward and change your life for the better with this series of simple, manageable steps that can be implemented immediately.

Ready to get happier? These simple steps could change your life!

  • Rewire your brain to think more positively.

What we think, do and say is influenced by how we feel. When we’re feeling blue or down in the dumps, it’s often because things aren’t going well at work, or it’s raining, or our bank balance is lower than we’d like it to be. As a result, we just want to hide away in our room.

The problem is that bad things happen all the time. There’s very little we can do to avoid that.

But what you CAN do is learn how to rewire your brain to think more positively. You don’t have to be Pollyanna – the kid who found ‘gladness’ in everything – but you CAN take charge of your negative thought patterns.

Here’s how:

Keep a happiness journal. Write down everything you’re grateful for each day, rather than focusing on the things that make you sad or angry. Being thankful will make you instantly happier, which will in turn boost your productivity and improve your overall mood.

Come up with your own positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself daily. Try to create ones that encourage you to improve in areas you may be weak in.

Seek out people who make you feel good, and surround yourself with them as often as possible.

If a negative thought appears in your head, allow it to pass by without dwelling on it.

Exercise! Physical activity boosts your body’s production of endorphins, your ‘happy chemicals’.

  • Get up earlier.

As simple as it seems, getting out of bed a little earlier each morning can do wonders for your mood. Set your alarm for half an hour earlier and use that time for…. yourself.

Go for a run, do yoga, meditate, write in your journal, prepare breakfast for your family, start a novel. You’ll suddenly find you’re no longer rushing to get things done, and you’ll feel more relaxed and accomplished.

  • Tidy up after yourself – straightaway.

Do you spend half your weekend doing chores like vacuuming or doing the dishes? Each chore takes you around five or ten minutes, right? Doesn’t seem like much – unless you do them all at once! Suddenly, half your weekend is gone.

Keeping on top of minor chores can save you a ton of time. When you use a dish, wash it afterwards. If you drop something on the floor, vacuum! Make your bed when you get up each morning. Give the shower a quick wipe down after you use it each day.

When you clean up after yourself immediately rather than allowing things to pile you, you’ll find yourself more free to spend time on other things. You’ll also feel happier and more accomplished – with a tidier, clutter-free home!

  • Don’t try to do too much.

While having goals is great, it’s easy to get carried away and commit yourself to making too many changes at once. Exercise more, change your diet, write in a journal, get more sleep… these are all good goals, but they can be difficult (or even impossible!) to implement all at once.

If you have a busy lifestyle already, you’ll find it far easier to achieve your goals if you keep them simple and few. Start with the little things and work your way up. Don’t expect to do a marathon if you’ve never run much before: start with a 10km and build up to a half-marathon, THEN you can think about the marathon.

If you want to improve your diet, seek advice from a nutritionist first. You’ll get a better idea of what style of eating suits you best, and how to prepare meals properly.

If you want to learn yoga, start with the simplest poses and gradually add more as you increase your flexibility and strength.

This goes for business, too. Don’t try to provide every kind of service to every kind of customer. Focus on one thing that you can do really well, and over-deliver on that.

  • Be more spontaneous.

If you always do as you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
In other words, doing the same thing every day makes it impossible to progress.

Be less predictable. If you feel yourself getting into a rut, force yourself to climb out by doing something new – something you’ve never done before. Join a club. Visit a new restaurant. Go rock-climbing.

By opening yourself up to new experiences, you’ll break out of your comfort zone and widen your perspective on life. You’ll create new opportunities, refresh your energy levels and even meet new people.

And yes, new experiences DO make you happier!

  • Complain less, smile more.

Sometimes, life is tough. Business can take a downturn, friends can become foes, family can drive you crazy. But complaining about it doesn’t help – ever.

Making the best of a bad situation is much easier when you think about what you DO have. Studies have shown that people who make a habit of practicing gratitude every day also tend to be more active and have fewer physical ailments. They’re also more positive about life in general.

When you really focus on all the things you can be grateful for, your mood will naturally lift. You’ll feel more alert, enthusiastic, determined, energetic and alive. You’ll even sleep better. What’s more, you’ll feel less jealous of others and more compassionate.

Some research has even shown that being more grateful can help prevent coronary artery disease!

  • Be an individual.

Stop comparing yourself to others. Forget about your neighbor’s fancy car or your boss’ fancy house. The reality is that there will ALWAYS be someone above you. Someone will always be richer, better-looking, fitter, or going on more vacations.

When you compare yourself to others all the time, you’ll only make yourself more miserable. Your mind will be constantly preoccupied with what you don’t have, rather than what you do have.

Instead, think about how YOU define success. Remind yourself of everything you’ve achieved. Sure, your friends might be making more money than you – but would you really swap your life for theirs?

You may just realize that money really isn’t the sole ingredient in a recipe for happiness.

  • Do something you’ve been putting off.

Most of us are born procrastinators. There are loads of icky little jobs that we try to delay as much as possible: cleaning out the closet, wallpapering the spare room, revamping our website.

These unfinished tasks can start to mount up – just like those dishes in the sink on a Saturday morning.

Instead of carrying them around in your head like a dull weight, DO them. Make a list of long-term stuff that you need to get done, and stick it on your fridge. Set yourself a goal of ticking one off each week.

You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to tackle these long-overdue tasks. As you cross each one off your list, you’ll get a surge of motivation to move onto the next one. There’s no better way to prove to yourself that you CAN do something!