So I’ve been focusing a lot on doing things that make me happier lately. After I lost my sister a few years ago, I became incredibly depressed and just lost focus. It took me a long time to figure out how to be happy again. I had to make a lot of changes, some small, some big, but all worth it in the end. It took some time, A LOT of time (years actually), but I can honestly say that I’m in a much better place now then I have ever been in my life. So here’s a few tips that were really helpful for me and I hope will be helpful for you as well.
Wake Up Early
This is a hard one for me because I often feel like I’m always running after time. My husband always tells me that I’m constantly in a hurry and need to slow down and “smell the roses” as they say. I literally snooze my alarm until the very last-minute and (somehow) manage to get ready in under 15 minutes before I’m running out the door. So it took a long time for me to put this practice in place. If you are able to put this into place, it will definitely go a long way towards making you live a happier balanced life. Your day will start off great because you won’t be starting it running around late trying to make it on time for work. Take it from me.
There’s something about eating healthier that just makes you feel better about yourself. You feel less heavy, more energized and just plain good about yourself. I’ve never been one to eat junk food or frozen meals and all. I’ve always been careful about what type of food that I put in my body. I do have two weaknesses though: pasta and chocolate. This is not something that I would eat daily, but I would say a good 3-4 times a week. Obviously I don’t have the same metabolism then I did from 10 years ago, so I have to be careful about what I eat now more than ever. I’ve cut down on pasta and chocolate by A LOT. I’ve replaced it with healthier things, such as quinoa and I’ve found a new love relationship with Smoothies! I can honestly say that I feel great, more energized and just plain good.
Cut Negative People Out Of Your Life
This is a hard one. Especially if it’s people who you’ve known for a long time. But you will honestly feel so much better about yourself once you cut them out. You won’t be surrounded by their constant negativity or “bad energy”. You will feel great once you cut them out and start surrounding yourself with positive thinking people and people who make you happy.
Stay Away From Drama!
This goes back to my previous point. You do not want to be around people who cause you constant drama. Honestly it just drains your energy. Always being judged about what you do and say, it’s not worth it. Just live your life the way YOU want it. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for living your life and doing things that make you happy. They may not understand it and they may get mad, but it’s your life and you need to do what makes you happy.
Do What You Love, Love What You Do
This is something I started recently. After years of working in the corporate world, I’ve realized that it’s not my passion. Yes I’m good at it, yes the money’s good, it’s a stable job and pays the bills, but it doesn’t make me happy and it’s definitely not something I’m passionate about. I got my B.A. in communications and journalism. That’s my passion. Writing. It’s what I love, what I strive for. So in 2018, I decided that I was going to make it work and eventually, make a living out of it. I launched my Freelance Writing services and I started my Blog. This definitely goes a long way at making me happy. So I strongly suggest that if you’re not happy doing what you do, then change. It’s never too late to start doing something that makes you happy. After all, you only live once.
Enjoy The Simple Things In Life
I’m happiest when I’m at home. I have my adorable Frenchie with me who looks at me like I’m his whole world, I’m in the comfort of my own home, dressed in my comfortable clothes and I’m honestly the happiest girl in the world. Doesn’t matter if I’m trying a new recipe, reading a good book, watching TV or just working on my blog, I’m truly happy. I’m not the type of girl who needs all the glitz and glamour to make her happy. It’s the small things in life that make me happy. It’s having Cookie cuddle up next to me to sleep. It’s waking up and having my husband cook me breakfast. It’s being cuddled under the covers and watching a romantic comedy at home. These are the things that make me happy. Because this is the time that I’m truly me. My advice to you is to just be happy with what you have and be grateful for it. Enjoy the small moments, if it’s having your cup of coffee in the morning and reading the paper, having small talk with your significant other, listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite show, enjoy it and be happy in that moment. Once you start appreciating the small things in life, you will truly notice how much happier you are.