It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of truth behind the idea that happiness is a choice. Even though genetics and life circumstances play a role in your level of happiness, you do have control over much of it. It's unrealistic, of course, to snap your fingers and decide to be happy. But if you bring consciousness, gratitude and even frivolity to your day, you'll likely feel more joyful. So, just how can you do that?
Take a few minutes to reflect on these questions to find ways to boost your happiness:
- What are some things that you might be able to reconnect with that bring you joy?
- How might you stay focused or engaged on tasks at hand when life continues around you?
- How might you find novelty in everyday life?
- What would it look like if you put yourself first instead of making everyone and everything else a priority?
- When is the last time you spent time immersed in nature?
Now, make a commitment to yourself to find happiness in each day. Use this list to get started:
- Make a list of activities you used to enjoy but have given up in recent years. Choose one to reconnect with, and dedicate at least two weeks to it. See if this activity makes you happier, and consider making time for it again.
- Spend at least 10 minutes a day outside. Pay attention to the trees, grass, water, breeze or whatever else surrounds you.
- Consider things that have made you happy and unhappy in the past. Make a list, and let it help guide your path to happiness.