Happy is our natural state and we can be happier than we are.
Should you care if you value success more?
Because research suggests that happiness affects success. People who are happier or have a positive mindset at work are 31% more productive, 40% more likely to get a promotion in the next 12 months, and three times more creative. And to top it off, happier people live longer.
Then why are we as adults not as happy as we can be?
Maybe because we think that to be happy we need a zillion dollar in the bank or we need supermodel like body.
Truth is it does not take much to increase your happiness a little.
I am sharing how in the list below. I started writing this list four years back. Not sure what prompted it. Today I sat and completed it, in line with my intention to finish projects and ship my work.
How You Can Be A Little Happier Without Trying Too Hard
- Stop whatever you are doing, close your eyes, take a deep breath and smile with your face
- Thank God that you are born in times when you just need to press a button to switch on the light and you live inside a home and not a jungle
- Eat your favorite sweet or snack
- Stand in front of a mirror, take a good look at yourself and smile
- Hug someone you love
- Think about your fondest memory
- Play your favorite music
- Think of what you are grateful for in your life
- Thank god that you are alive. [It helps to know that around 150,000 people die every year means they sleep to never wake up ever again]
- Watch Kindness Boomerang video that my friend Orly made.
- Write a love letter to yourself, think and write about all the reasons to love yourself
- Get up, go and splash water on your face
- Take a cold water bath. Cold water can increase production of beta-endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones that make us feel good so it works wonders.
- Look at your happiness folder in your email inbox. I add all those messages that make me feel good in my happiness folder. If you have not created your happiness folder, go and create it now. (hat tip: Noah Kagan)
- Drink a glass of water
- Answer nature’s call
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee or food without them knowing. Now stand there and see the expression on their face.
- Go for a walk
- Watch the sunrise
- If you are at work – leave an hour or two early today
- Go for a run
- Buy a nice gift for someone you love
- Talk to your mom and ask her about your childhood, then enjoy while she tells you about it
- Spend time with kids
- Take a look at your school yearbook
- Forgive someone and smile
- Help an old person cross the road
- Hold the gate for a stranger
- Smile at the stranger standing next to you then say hello
- Look at your engagement ring
- Think about the first time you had fallen in life
- Think about your first paycheck and first earning from your business
- Think about all the nice things in your life and be grateful
- Think about the first day you took your child into your hands
- Think about the day when you bought your first car
- Write a love letter to your love
- Spend time with or call your brother / sister / wife / parents / old friends
- Send a thank you note who helped you at some point
- Go to a spa and relax
- Sit on a merry go round
- Watch people playing in the park
- Spread your arms – look at the sky and say “I am the master of the universe”
- Lie down on the floor wherever you are. Let other people wonder what happened to you. One of my closest friends and I used to do it whenever we met.
- Make a list of 10 people you’ll help this year. Then start today with helping one person in a small way
- Ask a colleague to help you. It may be awkward but once they help and do all your work, you’ll feel amazing
- Remove your shoes, wash your feet and then pat them dry with a soft clean towel
- Take a warm water bath
- Sit with your back straight
- Look at all nice notes in your wallet
- Watch your favorite comedy
- Think about all your dreams that have come true
You can be happy by noticing what is good and exciting around you.
Neil Pasricha did it. He worked in HR at WalMart Canada. He started noticing small awesome things in his life at a time when a lot of things were not working for him personally. He started a count down of 1000 awesome things and wrote about it on his blog of the same name. It changed his life.
I may change yours. You just need to be more self aware and start noticing good things around you and in your life, as Neil Pasricha did.