Gretchin Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project among other books, and she offers practical and insightful ways to be happier in your life. I have incorporated a couple already, such as singing in the morning to change my mood.
She encourages us all to examine our own life and decide what we do that makes us happy and then put more of that in our life. She doesn’t offer a one size fits all blueprint for happiness, but she does offer a few universal principles which help us feel more at peace.
One principle is that we be more mindful. This leads to more awareness and gratitude.
For a long time, I had little time for mindfulness. 🙂 Now it’s beginning to transform the way I eat and it helps me digest my food. It changes how I appreciate the moment.
The next universal is a degree of organization in your home. Again, I noticed immediate benefits after doing this. After cleaning and throwing out old spices in my kitchen and old toiletries in the bathroom, I felt a new lease on life and have more energy.
Another thing she incorporated to make her more happy in her own life was:
Kiss her husband in morning and in the evening. Simple!
Beyond these simple fixes, I had a hard time deciding what made me happy. I used to play sports, but now with a knee issue, not so much. I really had to go throughout my day asking myself, what parts of my life bring me joy satisfaction?
Writing in the morning.
making a nice meal and sitting down to it
doing things for my husband–even making him a cup of tea
going for a walk in nature every day
Why or how did I move so far away from my natural likes and joys?
My beliefs about what life should be like got in the way. I had a belief about life and suffering and hard work. Wealth and health seemed out of reach for me.
Alter I challenged those beliefs, opportunities for transformation opened up.
It is now more peace, tranquility, freedom I crave: a walk in nature, a home in the country, an outdoor patio and garden.
I crave honest open dialogue, an interested group of students with a fun book or play to read. A clean home. Travel if it didn’t involve an airplane. Making a good financial decision, setting a healthy boundary, taking a good picture or video, and more.
Okay. So I added to my list of gratitude items to notice throughout the day when I’m joyful, happy at peace.
My goal is to add 12 new things by January. It’s November 22 now, so I think I can do it.
I’ll keep you posted.
What things make you happy throughout your day?