If you want to start getting the most out of life, you need to make happiness a priority. You have the capacity to be as exactly as happy and joyful as you want to be. The key to this is turning away from external sources of enjoyment and finding the key factors inside yourself that can make you happy.
1) Concentrate On The Moment
* Focus your attention on today and only today. Don’t waste time obsessing over what you’ve done in the past or what you might have to face in the future.
* Start thinking on an even smaller scale. Don’t worry about what’s going to be happening to you in two hours; concentrate on enjoying the tasks in front of you. Whether you’re spending time with your family, enjoying a fresh cup of tea, or moving smoothly from task to task, take pleasure in the details of your life.
* Happiness lives in isolated moments like these. Be alert and appreciate each great moment as you experience it!
2) Cultivate Your Thankfulness
* It’s not always easy to learn how to enjoy the moment. If you’re having trouble, start by examining each moment and thinking about what you have to be grateful for. Are you in good health? Are you under a sound roof? Do you feel a connection to your spiritual self? Do you have something exciting to anticipate?
* As you learn to fully appreciate the individual moments you encounter, you’ll be able to do it more and more frequently. By doing this you are creating the energy which will bring better things into your future!
3) Pick A Happy Place For Yourself
* Pick out a great memory of a place or event that brought you joy. This could be a show put on by your favorite band, a quiet meditating room, or a trip to the beach. You’ll use your happy place as a focus for maintaining a positive outlook and a happy perspective.
* Conjure up your happy place in your mind whenever you need a pick me up. Absorb everything you remember and love about your happy place and remind yourself that you can carry it with you wherever you go.
* You can use anything as your happy place – instead of a literal place, a person or object that makes you feel great can work too.
4) There Are Many Things You Can’t Control – But You Can Control Your Thoughts
* Remember that you’re the one who is going to make yourself happy. Don’t tie your satisfaction to things other people give you because you can’t control what they do.
* You can use lots of different techniques to exercise control over the way you think. Affirmations and visualizations will both work wonders. Remind yourself that you have the power to build the reality you want to live in – and take the time to picture what that reality looks like.
5) Look To Toddlers For The Right Attitude
* If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, try recapturing a child’s perspective on life. Feel free to get down on all fours and recapture a toddler’s point of view.
* Let yourself be silly just for the sake of being silly. Laugh freely, the way young children do.
* If it’s convenient, lie down outside and look at the sky and the trees above you. Doesn’t the world look exciting from this angle?
6) Let Your Dog Take Charge On Your Next Walk
* Dogs are great mood elevators. The next time you walk your dog, let it take control.
* Pay attention to what your dog does and where their instincts lead them. You can take a little break from your own life by getting interested in your pet’s.
7) Offer Up Your Time
* If you want a big positive mood boost, let others have a little of your time.
* Find a cause you can be passionate about and pitch in. Get to know the people you’re helping and give them a smile while you talk.
* Make your contribution a regular affair by fitting your charitable work into your schedule.
* Always remember that you’re making a positive difference in people’s lives – and they’re doing the same thing to you.
8) Try Finger Painting
* Use your hands to express yourself.
* Just paint instinctively – don’t worry about the look of what you’re painting, concentrate on what feel right.
* Concentrate on both the emotional and physical experience of finger painting. Glide your fingers through all the colors you have available and use the ones that appeal to you.
9) Use Therapeutic Writing
* If you’re feeling stressed out, let your feelings out on a piece of paper. You can write as though you’re composing a letter to someone – remember you don’t ever have to send out what you write.
* Because this exercise is all about getting to your true feelings, don’t censor yourself as you write.
* Once your letter is complete, read it aloud to yourself. After this, toss the letter away and let go of the negative feelings it involved.
10) Learn About Your Roots
* Get in touch with the older members of your family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) and ask them for stories about their early lives and interesting historical periods they lived through.
* Get a new perspective on life by learning more about what your relatives have dealt with in the course of their lives. You’ll learn a lot about the world and your family’s place in it.