I saw this on Facebook, and the link was broken, so I can’t properly credit it. But I think it’s pretty good, and so I thought I’d share it – with my commentary, of course.
10 Tips for a Happier Life:
- Go to sleep when you’re tired.
- I have such a bad habit of being afraid to miss something. Even ridiculous somethings that could be done/enjoyed another time. Like yesterday. I was tired at 9, but I heard that the Hall of Fame inductees would be delivering the Top Ten List on Letterman, and so I propped my lids open until 11 so I could see Biggio on the Late Show. I don’t have dvr anymore (or cable for that matter – we released ourselves from that bind), but isn’t everything on the internet at least by the next day? Surely I could’ve saved my Biggio swoons until today and gotten an additional 2 hours of much needed shut-eye yesterday.
- Take all of your vacation days.
- This reminds me of that cute MasterCard commercial. The fact that paid vacation days go unused: “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”, too, adorable little blond boy. It’s one thing to roll-them over (if that’s even possible) to allow for a gigantic vacation next year, but if that’s not the case – use them. Don’t give them back to your job. Take a random Wednesday off to drive to the coast and get some vitamin D while the laundry is going and something is simmering in the crockpot for supper. Call me, I’ll go with you.
- Make a home-cooked meal once in a while.
- Speaking of crockpots, there are so many sites and Pinterest posts out there that even the most non-cooker of us can whip up something delicious at home. Give it a try. It’ll save money, and maybe even some inches, if that’s your goal.
- …and share it with people you love.
- I have had a neighbor who has had some challenges lately, and it has given me great joy to be able to share dinner or dessert with them here and there – to take that burden off their list for that day, or to give a little treat to let them know they’re being thought of.
- Notice something positive every day.
- This is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to fail to enjoy each day. A couple years ago, I created a Thankfulness Jar (from Pinterest, of course). Before bed each day, I took a second to jot down something that I was thankful for that day. I used colorful post-it notes and a cool jar that I wouldn’t mind looking at on my counter daily. The following New Year’s Day, I emptied the jar out and read each post-it one by one. I laughed, I cried, and I boiled over with happy. Remembering this, I’m kicking myself for not keeping that up. I shall start again tonight.
- Get a good dose of fresh air every day.
- I try to get out of the office every day at lunchtime. I walk to a nearby eatery, or I simply go for a walk after I eat my sack lunch. I keep sneakers and socks in my office, and even if I’m wearing a dress, I put them on (no pictures, please), and I walk. If I put off til I get home for my outdoor enjoyment, it may not happen.
- Drink more water.
- No reason to elaborate here. If for no other reason that it makes your skin glow (it does, trust me), drink more water. The new rule of thumb? Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily. I won’t do the math and tell the world what the scales are telling me these days, but trust me – I’m drinking plenty.
- Take pictures of your pets (or children) and look at them when you’re stressed.
- I haven’t tried this one. Perhaps I should.
- Shake up your routine…find a new route to work, or try a new food for lunch.
- I may not try a new route to work when I’m on my way to work in the mornings (hello, potential added stress), but it might wind up being great.
- Talk to a friend every day, even just to say “I’m thinking of you.”
- This one made my heart smile. I need to do more of this, and I know it would make me feel good if I were the recipient of the sweet unexpected note.
However you choose to spend your 2015, friends, I hope it’s one filled with health, happiness, prosperity, love, and joy.