One of the Dalai Lama’s most famous quotes is the following: “I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.”
Easier said than done.
Many of us have been pursuing happiness since the day we were born, but unfortunately, it has eluded the majority of us, no matter how many Dr. Phil self-help books we read. Although we may soak up the advice presented in these books, the problem is that it is difficult to implement this advice into our everyday lives.
That’s why I’ve compiled some tips on how to find happiness that don’t require major, turn-your-life-upside-down changes… After all, big steps and small steps alike lead to change.
1. Be Thankful
Before you go to bed each night, write down ten things you are truly thankful for, like your family or the new pair of heels you bought. By identifying some of the positive aspects of your life, you’re focusing on what’s good instead of bad, and you will quickly begin to realize that the positive in your life outweighs the negative.
Volunteering just once a month can have huge benefits on your well-being. Helping others is proven to increase happiness, so what are you waiting for? Volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dog or sign up to tutor students at the local YMCA. Whatever type of work you choose to do, make sure it is meaningful to you.
3. Declutter Your Room
A messy environment can heighten your stress and cause concentration problems. If you can’t see the floor of your living space, now is the time to buy a broom and clean it. You’ll feel a huge sense of relief when you’re done.
4. Don’t Multitask
In reality, multitasking can be more harmful than helpful. Studies show that people who multitask often have higher blood pressure, for instance. Instead of trying to do two things at once, choose to concentrate on just one activity- you will be more present in the moment and your body will be under less stress.
5. Make Goals
People who set goals are more likely to be happier than those who do not. Why? They give themselves something to look forward to, while challenging themselves at the same time. Don’t worry about not meeting all of your goals either- what’s important is that you simply try.
6. Work Out Every Day
Yes, it’s true: Exercise releases endorphins. The moment you start running, biking, or swimming, your brain chemistry starts to change. It may be hard to motivate yourself to work out every day, so just remember that fifteen minutes is all you need for a mood boost.
Sometimes life gets us down, but implementing small changes to your routine can increase your happiness and create just the change you need.