No matter where we are in life, there is always room for improvement. Let’s be real, some of us just don’t know how to be happy in life. It doesn’t come easy to everyone. I am always seeking ways to make my life better. Is there a way that I make my workplace better? How can I make this blog better? What can I do to better my faith? It’s not that I am not proud of myself and my accomplishments, but I recognize there is always room for growth.
1. DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE:
I know this is a given, but it really makes a huge impact on your mind and emotions. Whether it’s your office or the company that you keep, get to cleaning! Just this morning, I cleaned my desktop and now I feel more focused on preparing my work for the month. A good way for me to declutter and organize is to simply write things down. Determine what I actually use and need to help me accomplish my goals.
What do you have cluttered in your life? How can you get rid of the unnecessary and get organized?
2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS THAT YOU LOVE:
Your environment affects your mood whether you realize it or not. I work at a production plant and when I leave my office, I have to put a hard hat. On my hard hat, you will find butterfly stickers. In my office, you will see inspirational quotes, family photos and flowers. Little things like this can really help your mood. Sometimes, all it takes is for me to look over at a photo and I feel better.
Where do you spend a lot of your time? When you look around what do you see? Do you see things that make you smile?
3. TRY SOMETHING NEW:
You aren’t going to like everything that you try, but just the thrill itself, will be enough. My husband will be the first to tell you that I am always trying to get him to try new things I’m glad he has an open mind. He likes it when I’m on my Pinterest trying new dinner options. Trying new things could be small or something big. A few examples include: a daily habit, a hairstyle, maybe a hobby, or the actual way you are doing something. Make a list of things that you would like to try. I even have restaurants saved in my phone that I haven’t visited yet. Life is too short. Live a little.
When was the last time that you tried something new?
4. START A DIARY, JOURNAL, OR BLOG:
This helps me out tremendously. It may not be for you, but let me tell you how it has helped me. My journals and blog is a way that I can account for what I do. I am more aware of certain things in my life. When you are writing or blogging, you are thinking and reflecting a lot. I can look back at my blog or journals and see where my family has been for the last few years and what goals that I have set. With my blogging and writing, I am also taking a look at my growth. I am referring to my blog growth and my growth as a woman. You can’t really determine where you are going, if you can’t reflect and learn from your past. Journaling is also an amazing way to let your feeling and emotions out. I normally use journal like this and this.You can't determine where you are going, if you can't reflect and learn from your past. Click To Tweet
How do you keep track of events and important things that has happened in your life? Can you remember everything without some sort of documentation?
5. SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE:
This is somewhat like the first point on declutter and organizing, but somewhat different. With this point, I am referring to being dependent on things that you don’t need to be. Some examples are cable tv or working out at home instead of the gym. Don’t get me wrong, if these serve as your pleasures and you enjoy them, keep them. We recently got rid of our pool because it was too much upkeep and maintenance. We enjoyed it, but we found it easier just to rent a room at a nice hotel and enjoy their pool since we wasn’t in it very often anyway. Make sense?
What are some things that you can get rid of? What are some things in your life that you can get the same results but done in an easier way?
6. GO ON AN ADVENTURE OR TRIP:
We all can’t just get up and go when we want to. I make it a point to get the family out. If you can’t go on a big trip, just take a ride to the next city over. Have a picnic in a park. Be creative, do your research and have an open mind. Looking at your same surroundings can also affect your mood. I couldn’t imagine just sitting in the house for the whole summer while such beautiful days pass by. Hence,you don’t need a lot of money and time to have a great adventure. Just be careful!!!! I have even taken time to explore my own small city. Visit museums, history monuments, or public parks and gardens. Keep an eye on events that is happening in your community. I am sure there is a website for it or check Facebook.
When was your last adventure? Where can you go if you are stressed for time or money and still have a great time.
7. TAKE TIME TO MEDITATE OR PRAY:
If you don’t get a lot of quiet time, INVEST IN IT. I have to literally make myself take a break and just meditate and pray because I stay so busy. Lately I have been educating and growing my personal relationship with God. Pray to whomever you believe in or just meditate. To further assist, I have a pinterest board on mediation and on faith if you would like to follow.
Do I ever take time out just to think or pray? Should I schedule it in my day?
8. DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE:
If I was just reading this article, I wouldn’t think that helping someone else would really be too beneficial to me. Let me tell you, I know first hand how helping someone else can fulfill your heart. Most of all, I love the feeling I get when I receive emails or texts from someone whom I’ve helped.
Let me tell you a quick story. I was shopping one day and noticed a woman staring at me. After a few minutes, she approached me and told me that she was going to a party and really wanted my opinion on the jewelry she was choosing to pair with her dress. She had no idea that I frequently blogged about beauty and fashion. Gladly, I went through the store’s selection and decided on some jewelry perfect for the dress. I even explained why I picked the selected pieces and gave her a few points for future reference. It was not even necessary to tell her that I’m a blogger. 20 minutes of my time was given to her, but that was ok. I felt exhilarated for the rest of the day.
Do you see how something so small could be so meaningful? These are the type of things that I didn’t notice as a teen and younger adult. You don’t have to even plan on helping someone. Just become more noticeable and aware of your surroundings.
Can you help someone at work? Is there a neighbor who could use help with the lawn? Do you have a young relative or friend that you could influence to make better decisions? What can you do?
That’s it. Just let go….. Have you lost a friendship with someone or had a falling out? First of all, you don’t have to apologize if you feel like you’re right. Just agree to disagree. You don’t have to become friends or start to hang around each other. Maybe give them a call and let them know that you are over it. If you are nervous, write to them. Something is better than nothing. If they are still harbouring anger, let them. They will continue to have a heavy heart, but not you. Most likely, they just want to let it go as much as you do. Take the burden off of you. Do it for you.
Who have you not spoken to because of an argument? How can you just fix that last moment? Do you want them back in your life or do you just want to get rid of the burden? It’s your choice. (Remember #1)
10. FIX WHAT MAKES YOU UNHAPPY:
I think this is the most “common sense” of all of my points, but the hardest. Think about it. Is you job making you miserable? Don’t quit, but spend most of your free time applying to jobs and building to your resume. Really think about what has the most negative impact in your life that you have control of. Again, write it down and plan your steps. In addition, seek advice from others and research. When my husband and I weren’t getting along, we went to counseling at our church because we were both in it to save it. Since then, which has been years ago, we are so happy. We’ve now been married over 8 years and I couldn’t ask for a better husband! Now, when I hear people complaining about the same things, I don’t feel sorry for them. I ask them, “What are you doing?” Can I help them out? As a result, it is on you to make things happen.
Are you in a bad relationship? Are your finances making you unhappy? Where can you find help? Who is an expert in this field?
These are 10 things that I have noticed in my life that has made a huge impact to my happiness. In addition, I have many stories that I could share with you about each point. That’s an idea for a future post! What about you? Do you have anything that you could add to the list? Have you had any experiences with any of these that I have mentioned? Which one stands out the most in your life?
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FYI: This is a recycled post from a couple years ago and has been updated.