In my last post, I talked about how happiness is a journey, and how although trying to improve your life is a worthy goal, we also need to step back from always focusing on the how things will be “better” in the future and focus on how good we’ve got them now.
Since then, I’ve been thinking about concrete ways that I can do that more in my life. Rather than having an official New Year’s resolution this year, I’m going to try to work these activities and mindsets more into my day to day life. I’ve decided to call this my “happiness list.”
My happiness list
- Take a few minutes every morning when I first wake up to think about the things I have to look forward to.
- Hug and kiss The Hubby: when I wake up, when I leave for work, when I get home, at bed time.
- Take a few minutes before going to sleep to think about the good things that happened that day.
- Focus on tending to my own grass instead of worrying about how other people’s lawns look.
- Give myself more time to get things done so I don’t feel stressed and rushed. Wake up 15 minutes earlier; start getting ready to leave sooner than I think I need to.
- Read more books…and really get lost in them!
- Appreciate the way the weather changes each day and no two days are the same. (Even if the weather is snowy and slushy and icky.)
- Counter every negative thought with a positive one.
- Thank The Hubby more for what he does and criticize him less for the things he doesn’t do. (I’m kind of a neat freak and I know I can nag him about that, but he’s a great hubby and deserves me to acknowledge that.)
- Try to live more like my dogs do.
- Let go of worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, might not ever happen, or that I have no control over the outcome of.
What would be on your happiness list?
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