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21 Ways to be a little Happier

· Personal Growth,Happiness

At the end of the day, what we're all after is this...

Simply to be happy.

Here are 21 ways to be a little bit Happier:

1. Set some Goals.

The mind likes to be kept busy so without Projects or goals, it will create problems.

Ask yourself the most important question you can ever ask yourself What do I want?

Create a plan on how you will achieve it and start taking action.

2. Help someone.

Open the door for a stranger, help your friend to move- one person or many, big or small, helping someone is a simple way to feel good!

3. Smile and laugh more.

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. — Madeleine L’Engle

Do some Laughter yoga on Youtube with the great Robert Rivest

4. Leave the past in the past.

Nothing you can do can change what has happened. You've hurt people and you've been hurt by people. Forgive. Take away the lessons. What's passed has passed.

5. Exercise.

Walk, run, swim, whatever works for you- just get moving baby!

6. Focus on improving your relationships

At the end of the day, the biggest controllable determiner of Happiness is the quality of our relationships.

Pick up the phone and make plans to see someone you love today.

7. Take a break from Social Media.

The online world isn't real life.

Get offline for 7 days to reconnect with yourself and the offline world.

8. Meditate.

Sit. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath and observe it all, your thoughts, feelings, memories, anything that may pop up. Observe and let it go. Set a timer for 20 minutes and notice how you feel afterwards.

9. Stop complaining.

There's a better use of our energy.

Can you change it? Put your energy into fixing the problem.

If you can't fix it, accept it.

Talking about it again and again only creates more suffering.

10. Have some ''you'' time.

If you created 60 minutes of ''you'' time, guilt-free, uninterrupted time, purely for you, what would you choose to do?

Read, nap, take a walk?

Whatever your answers are, make it happen!

11. Be aware what you Consume.

I'm not just talking about food and drink.

What we consume in terms of News, Social media, the ideas and energy of people around us, all have an effect on how we feel. Consume wisely.

12. Do something New.

Like nature, if we're not growing we're dying.

Plan to do something new this week.

Salsa lessons? *Note, great fun but harder than it looks.

13. Say ''Thank you''.

Make a list of all you have in your life right now you can give thanks for.

Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.

14. Listen to your favourite music.

Change your current state by putting on some of your favourite songs. Kool and the Gang's 'Celebrate' never fails to lift my spirits.

15. Be Ok with not feeling Happy at all the time.

On a list of ways to feel happier, this needs to be on there.

Life is a mysterious mix of good and bad, happiness and sadness and everything in between.

Even when you're feeling a world away from your most happiness self, do your best to be Ok with it.

Accept where you are and trust it will pass.

16. Get outside in Nature.

Soak up the sun in the Park, stroll through the Forest or mosey along the Coastline.

Whatever Nature is on your doorstep, get in it.

17. Stop trying to be Perfect.

You are Flawsome (Awesome despite your flaws).

Embrace your flawsomeness, admit when you muck up and know it's Ok.

Acknowledge know matter how perfect other people's lives seem to be, they're not. We've all got our challenges.

18. Remember how powerful you are.

Sure, you're not perfect, but you're bloody powerful. Right now, you have the power to make decisions and create changes that will alter the course of your life. Think about it, every decision you've ever made in your life has got you to this point right now where you're reading this... Wow. Deep... but true.

19. Ask for help.

The notion of 'Asking for help makes you weak' is total bullcrap.

No matter what your challenges are currently, there are people out there who CAN help and WANT to help. Seek help for what you're struggling with, it may just be the best decision you ever make.

20. Stop over-committing.

We live in a world where we're rewarded for being busy fools.

If you're feeling exhausted and like you're forever in 'being' mode, look at your schedule and commitments to see where you can start saying No.

21. Stop worrying.

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”

― Erma Bombeck

Worrying is a destructive habit. Break the habit. Read the book 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' by Stephen Briers to better understand the nature of thoughts and how they create our reality.

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