Recently, a friend of mine asked me what I do to stay happy.
That’s a Hell of a question right?
So, I began to think… and well, here’s what I came up with.
It doesn’t take four years of University, half a bottle of gin, or late, lonely nights to draw the conclusion that everyone and their brother (Cousins too) seemingly wants to be happier.
People seem to crave the smiling faces, the sunsets, the sense of purpose and the camera-ready memories with close friends. It’s the dream and it lulls you away.
I’m the same way, I’ve always searching for things I could do to improve my level of happiness. That said, over the course of my life, I’ve found five hacks that I personally use to be a bit happier. Read on to find out what I do.
#1 Be Grateful
It only takes a walk in the hospital to remind myself how well I’ve got it. You know the bullshit I was mad about yesterday? It doesn’t matter when I’m seeing people fight for their life. Frankly, when I wake up and am not grateful, it makes me seem petty. Today is the only day I have, so I’m thankful for it, I’m grateful for it and I’m giving my praises for it. Period.
#2 Make my plan about what I want to accomplish for the day
Call me crazy but if I don’t know what I want, then how in the fuck can I expect to accomplish it? Planning added much needed clarity to my foggy mind. Simply taking the time to map out what I wanted to accomplish for the day allows me to have a greater sense of control and focus which I’ve enjoyed immensely.
#3 Do something active.
You know the kid who was bouncing off the walls in daycare? That kid grew up. If I don’t move around, I’m a fucking liability. Doing something physically active, a walk, jog, bike ride etc allows me to obtain a natural high and burn off energy.
#4 Play a Game
Kickball, basketball, connect four, videogames, pin the tail on the neighbor…err my mistake, donkey – cards, whatever. Playing a game and letting my inner child out is important to me and I make time for that.
#5 Talk to a friend.
Simply chatting with a good friend allows me to blow off steam, tell far-too-stupid jokes and catch up on the time I’ve missed. What can be better than talking to a good friend?
Please like, comment and share. What do you do to make yourself happy?