Yes, there really ARE some shortcuts to happiness. If you have been reading this blog, you already know some of them. If I have previously written a blog post about the subject, I have linked one of my posts below:
- Optimism via meditation
- Use essential oils
- Recognize and use your strengths
- Find joy in everything and nothing
- Commit to yourself; no negative self-talk
- Train your brain; don’t let it control you
- What other people think of you is not your business
- Make peace with your dark side (if you have one)
- Resist the need to have the last word in an argument
- Don’t allow anything negative to derail you; return to gratitude .
- Spend time with people who are important to you and who are uplifting .
Here are some shortcuts to happiness that haven’t been mentioned yet. There are obviously many more than I have mentioned; this is just provided as food for thought:
- Make time for yourself first and do the things you love. The next part of this is:
- Think carefully before you respond to someone’s request of your time. (Also, you don’t have to answer the phone just because it rings–unless you are at work and it is part of your job. lol). Don’t overextend yourself; consider something very carefully before saying “yes.” There are times when I take on more than I should, but I always ask myself if it is a worthy cause and worth my time. I’m not afraid to say “no” to anyone for any reason because I know that if I don’t put myself first, I will never have the time or energy for anyone else.
- Consider minimalism; having too much “stuff” can make you feel anxious or overwhelmed.
- Think about what you do have and be grateful for it; don’t covet the neighbor’s Porsche. lol Seriously though, coveting what someone else has will only lead you to feel badly about yourself. I simply shift my focus to what I have whenever I find it wandering.
- If there is something you really want, set a goal and take steps to achieve it!
- Listen to music that makes you happy; I have one song called “ Walking on Sunshine ” that is my happiness ‘go-to’ song, but there are many on my playlist!
I hope this provided some ideas or helped you consider your own happiness. Do you have any tips you would like to add?
As always, thanks for taking the time to read!