10 Ways to Find More Happiness Everyday

  1. Smile ~ When you smile, others can’t help but return your smile. Mother Teresa said, “Let us meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love”.
  2. Compliment at least 3 times a day ~ When you compliment others you see genuine delight in their face. Be sure you give sincere compliments. They can be simple things like admiring a piece of clothing or letting someone know a color is nice for their complexion.
  3. Remember the Serenity Prayer ~ The only thing we can control is ourself. Any control over others is an illusion. The wisdom and the peace comes from focusing on our reaction to things. That is where our control lives.
  4. Be an optimist ~ The more you think about positive things, the more positive things will be drawn to you. “What you think about, you bring about.” – Rhonda Byrne
  5. Embrace your inner Pollyanna ~ Have you heard of the 1960 movie Pollyanna produced by Disney? It was about a girl who could find good in any situation. There is good and bad in all situations. If you look for the good. You will find it.
  6. Accept others for who they are ~ We all have quirks. We all have things that we are really good at and things that we struggle with. By accepting and loving others for who they are, we give ourself more peace. We cannot change them anyway, so we might as well love them “warts” and all.
  7. Let go ~ When something happens that brings up feeling of frustration, anger, regret, sorrow, or another strong emotion, notice the feelings, take a deep breath, and let it pass through you. Resisting an emotion causes it persist. Acknowledging it and letting it pass through you will help you be able to move past it more quickly.
  8. Get outside ~ Even if it is just for 10 minutes. Breath in the fresh air, notice if it is warm or cool. What does the air smell like? Is there sun to shine on your face or a blanket of fluffy clouds? Do you hear a bird singing or see a squirrel playing in a tree? Going outside will help reduce stress and help you feel happier.
  9. Laugh ~ I heard once that laughter is inner jogging. Find the amusing things in your day, whether it is a co-workers story, a funny program, a corny joke, or the comics. Allow the laughter to bubble up through you.
  10. Let a song carry you away ~ Music is a great mood changer. Listen to your favorite song or play some upbeat tunes on your commute. “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” -Maria Augusta von Trappfullsizeoutput_35cc

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