For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Often times we get caught up in the daily grind of schedules, deadlines and routines, that we forget to stop and smell the roses. We forget that each minute spent away from the things we love is one step closer to forgetting why we are doing those things, in the first place.
Our minds are busy with clutter such as:
Routine: I wake up at a certain time. I have to get the kids ready for school. I must make everyone breakfast, lunch and dinner–Today.
Schedules: Drop John off at 9am. Pick up dry cleaners at 1pm. Must eat lunch by 2pm. Cook dinner by 6pm.
Deadlines: I must finish project by Thursday. My boss is expecting me to be done by 3pm. I only have 5 hours to complete my assignment.
The truth is: We are controlled by maintaining a certain way of living. A lifestyle only a select few can truly enjoy. We have become comfortable with routines, schedules and deadlines. Why?
I’ve complied a list of simple, effective and easy things you must do to lead a happier life, that worked for me.
Enjoy the Little Things
As I mentioned earlier, stop and smell the roses. On your way to work, while sitting in traffic, look up at the sky and admire the sunlight. Take the time to thank someone who open the door for you. Watch the other kids laugh as you drop your children off to school.
2. Laugh often
Life has a way of making us laugh, yet we chose to ignore it. Today, take the time to stop and look around. Do see something to laugh at? Maybe it’s your children being silly on the way to school or your co-worker telling a bad joke.
You must chose to find the humor in things that upset you. Once you turn your negative thinking into a positive one, watch as your world to ‘lighten up.’
3. Take more breaks
Usually, with busy schedules we forget to take a break. Start out by taking a five minute break on the hour, even if you must force yourself to do so.
Just remember. your boss’s boss is on the golf field, while your sitting there stress out over a project. I’m not saying to ignore your deadlines, but take more breaks, so you can come back with a clear head and fresh ideas.
4. Appreciate what you already have
A few years ago, I had a unhealthy way at looking at life. I always saw my flaws and notice everyone’s accomplishments. I compared my life to anyone who was doing “better” than I was. While doing that I ended up over looking everything I achieved until one day a friend who I envied told me how blessed I was. I was in shocked. I had no idea. Since that day, I’ve viewed my life differently and focus solely on what will make me happy.
Want for nothing
How will you choose to live your life?