10 ways to live for a happier tomorrow

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Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live. Rachel Ann Nunes

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul
Democritus

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to do more of what makes us happy and avoid the things that cause us distress or upset. This week, Happiness Weekly looks at what you can do today to encourage a happier tomorrow.

  1. Uncomplicate your life. Anything that feels too hard or is making you work too hard – including people – find a way to release them from your life to ease the burden. In order to let the good things in life come to you, you need to make as much space for it as possible!
  2. Let go of negative people – accept some people can’t be helped or don’t want it. This can be extremely challenging but if you keep catching up with someone and feel drained of energy from their negativity each time you leave, it’s time to cut them loose. Choose to spend your time with positive, uplifting people. Try to quickly recognise when someone isn’t good for you.
  3. Exercise every single day. Even if you usually power walk but decide to slowly walk your usual circuit – as long as you do something every single day. It will help release happy endorphins and reduce stress.
  4. Maintain a good sleeping pattern. Aim to get eight hours of sleep each night. This helps your functioning and will assist in elevating your moods and giving you energy to burn on positivity and work performance.
  5. Move closer to the office – a shorter commute avoids the misery caused by traffic congestion and also gives you more time to spend on the things you enjoy the most!
  6. Time is the best gift you can give someone, so make sure you always spend as much time with your friends and loved ones as you can. Daniel Gilber, Harvard happiness expert said: “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”
  7. Get back to nature and spend some time outdoors when you can. Spending up to 20 minutes outside in good weather boosts positive mood, broadens thinking and improves memory.
  8. Smile often – especially when you’re feeling a lot of pain. A study at Michigan State University showed that people who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts improve their mood and withdraw less. It not only makes us feel good and reduces the distress caused by an upsetting situation, but it also increases our ability to think holistically.
  9. Plan a trip – even just planning a break from work can improve happiness. A study published in Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as employees enjoyed the participation.
  10. Live each day as a fresh start. See new opportunities as they come your way. Know what you want and head in that direction. Don’t allow anything from the past to hold you back – even if there are people trying to drag you down, keep looking to the brighter future. Learn from your mistakes, see the lesson in everything and be self-motivated.

Motivational song to go with this week’s blog:

If today was your last day

Nickelback

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

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