How to love your life (more)

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I’ve been reading some excerpts from a website called “Headed Somewhere” and here are a few tips you might want to incorporate into your day.

They are simple and entirely doable….right now even on this dreary day while an ice storm has sidelined most of north Mississippi.

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1. Make your bed.

The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness. (‘Scuse me while I go make my bed.)

2. Bring every room back to “ready.”

Here’s a trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal.

Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day. (If you have kids, you can ask them, “What was the best part of today?”) Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude. (An added bonus: Later, when your memory is defunct, you will already have all of your meaningful adventures recorded!) If you have trouble getting started with journaling, consider buying a book to guide you. Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, is a great one.

4. If you can’t get out of it, get into it.

This tip comes from The Happiness Project. I love the message: The dishes are not going to clean themselves, so you will do it, and you will like it! (Unless, of course, you can outsource this job, in which case I say: Nice work!) Otherwise, get into doing the dishes. Feel the soothing warm water on your hands. Enjoy the tickle of the tiny bubbles. Crank your favorite album at an unusually loud volume, do a couple fist-pumps while shouting “Can I get a hell yeah for the dishes? Hell! Yeah!” and pretend you love it.

If I really applied myself, I could sort out the politics of the Middle East, cure cancer, and still be home in time to cook a gourmet meal, but I suffer from delusions of grandeur.

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  1. I’ve been reading the sample that Amazon.com has for THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. May end up reading the whole thing one of these days. Just happened to stumble upon it after reading this article. Haven’t even finished the sample yet, but may read the rest of the sample tonight if I don’t get too sleepy before that. Did you think I’d enjoy the whole book?

    I’ve been reading WAR AND PEACE a little at a time, almost since I got that Kindle. At the rate I’m going in my sleepy state each night, I may never need to buy another book for that thing. Cuz

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