Happiness is often seen as something difficult to achieve. Many have made it their life’s mission to attain a sense of ‘happiness, that happiness being a goal they think will make them happy. However, happiness is more than just goals and aspirations; it’s about living your everyday life feeling happy and contented.
Here are some ways to make your days happier:
Make a Routine That Empowers You
Stories, where characters are bored of their everyday routine and break out to go on an adventure, are far too common for a reason. Not everyone likes their routine in life. Simply put, not everyone can go out and do all of the things they like- we have to make ends meet and accomplish daily tasks. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept that our everyday routine is going to be boring and monotonous.
Start living a life with a routine that’s out to empower you. Something that gives you the energy to face the next day. What does that mean? Think of it like this: when you wake up, is the first thing you want to do is go back to sleep? Then that’s not an empowering routine. When waking up, it’s good to have something to look forward to, or something to do that will enable you to move.
It can be something simple like a chore that will help you get off the bed and move. Or it can be something a lot more invested, like watering a plant you’ve decided to plant. Regardless of what it is, make a routine and fill it with activities that make you happy, motivate you, and get you moving.
Live a Lifestyle that Brings You Joy
In conjunction with having an empowering routine, the key to happiness is living a lifestyle that you like. A preferable lifestyle isn’t one where you’re a millionaire who can afford anything they want. Neither it is the lifestyle of a celebrity with thousands of admirers. A happy lifestyle is one that gives you meaning and makes you happy with the little things.
Start a new hobby that’s to be included in your routine. Or learn something new, like music or arts. Play more video games, if you like. Get into fitness. When creating your routine, keep in mind that you want to include time for fun and leisure. After all, it’s your lifestyle and it makes very little sense to be hard on yourself. What’s important is you’re doing the things you like and it plays a central part in your life, not just something that you do when you have free time.
Get Good Sleep
How cranky are you when you don’t get enough sleep? Many of us understand that sleep directly influences our mood throughout the day. Not getting enough sleep can lead to irritability, having a short temper, and feeling a lot more tired. And all of these combined can greatly affect your day, and when it keeps happening days in a row, can be very overbearing.
That’s why getting good sleep is crucial. Getting an adequate amount of sleep (eight hours for adults) is necessary, yes, but there’s also the matter of quality. Eight hours of sleep won’t do you many favors if it keeps getting interrupted and you keeping waking up. Neither does have a hard mattress that limits your mobility and ends up with you waking up with an aching back. Make sure that you get continuous sleep and your sleeping posture is proper. These small details can do a lot in making your day feel better, and your life a lot happier.
Make Your House Conducive to Happiness
Your own house plays a large part in what you feel. It might be filled with things that you don’t particularly value, they may even be filled with things that have a bad memory for you. Happiness isn’t a place, but places can make you happy, and your house should be one you feel the happiest in.
Take the time and effort to redesign your house to your liking. Throw away anything that is associated with a bad memory. Put up posters of your favorite shows or movies, dedicate a room for your hobby, get your landscaping done by professionals so you can bask in the sun, or spruce up your kitchen if you enjoy cooking. It’s your home, and it should be designed not just with you in mind, but with your happiness. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your property- as long as it’s not a major and costly change, it should be fine.
Happiness is not a destination, it’s the whole journey. And just like any other journey, it takes one small step to start it. Starting can be daunting, but with these simple encouragements, you can hopefully move your feet one step forward.