10 Ways to Boost My Happiness
Happiness doesn't happen to me. Happiness is something that I generate.
1. Go Outside
It doesn't have to be long. It takes 7 minutes to walk around my apartment complex. Less than that to walk through the park out my back door. In the warmer weather I can also work on my balcony. Just get some fresh air when I need it. Be outside more.
2. Be With My Son
Who cares about the phone. Who cares about work. All that stuff will be there when I am done. Spend time with my son. Enter his world. Mine won't go anywhere.
3. Write Something
Anything. Get some thoughts on paper (or a blank screen). Get some ideas down. Share them, maybe. See who they might benefit.
4. Smile More
If I am physically moping around, it's tough to magically be struck by happiness.
5. Create Something
Yes, I love watching a great TV show, movie or sporting event. I love consuming something entertaining. But sometimes I need to create something. For myself.
6. Try Something New
Break out of your rut. Try doing something new. Take a picture of something new. Cook something new. Go on a hike somewhere new. Just go be somewhere new. Have a new experience.
Breaking a sweat will do it. Elliptical. Run. Just get at it.
It's time to go on more mini-vacations around the area. Chicago, Springfield, Carbondale, Galena, Starved Rock, the Field of Dreams field, all of it...understand the area I live in.
9. Dedicated Reading Time
I absolutely love to read books. I haven't done nearly enough of that in a LONG time. Read 20 minutes a day. I think my happiness would skyrocket.
10. Enjoy the Small Moments
The smile on your son's face. The taste of coffee. The feeling of a deep breath. The beat of the song that's on the stereo. Just take the time to enjoy it.