The happiness list
Can you name 10 things that would make you happy instantly?
This idea I took from the Chimp Paradox. It is a way of giving yourself options in order to raise your happiness instantly. What small things could you do at any moment to raise your level of happiness?
I chose things such as
*Listening to some of my favourite music.
*Reading a great book.
*Counting my blessings.
Knowing what things can make you happy instantly is powerful because it allows you to be in control of your state and to choose what action you are going to take in order to feel better. We can be far more active in our level of happiness and sometimes feeling happy requires on our part.
Once you have your instant happiness list, you can also create a list of things that you could plan that would raise your happiness. Again, the point is to include simple things that are easy to do and that you will look forward to in the near future. Things like having a meal with friends, date night with your partner, or going out on a trip with your children. Once you have established what those things are that truly make a difference in your life, then plan for at least one of those things to happen.
Taking the time to know what activities will make you happy allows you to plan these things into your life. I see the instant happiness list as a way to boost my mood if I am struggling to stay positive or I am annoyed about something. We all have those moments, so it’s good to have a trick up your sleeve when you need it.
I would suggest going away and really thinking about how much effort you put into making sure that you are happy.
Have you ever considered what the simple pleasures are in your lives that make you happy?
Are you making time for those things?
Remember a good life is a balanced one. Your happiness and state of mind is just as important as a good career and good physical health.
I wish you the best.