5 Simple Ways to Boost Happiness

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut.  This quote couldn’t be more accurate.  Life presents us many challenges, struggles, and lessons, but it also gives us many joys, memories, and hope.  No one is going to be happy all of the time, life is just not that way, but there are many ways to boost happiness and well-being.  In this blog I will outline 5 simple ways to help boost happiness.

  1. Spend time in nature. The sun, sounds of life, beautiful colors, and fresh air really help lift our spirits and make us feel connected to a much bigger world.  No matter what kind of day I am having, a stroll in nature is sure to pick me up.  Walking itself is a happiness booster, walking in nature is an even bigger bonus, it has so much to offer us.  There’s nothing like a fresh breeze, natural scents, and feeling the warm sun on your skin.  Nature makes me feel whole.

    2.  Treat yourself.  We are so good at helping and lifting others, we need to also remember to look out for ourselves!  We all deserve to be pampered and treated and the effects are very beneficial.  Even a small treat has the ability to turn one’s day around.  Treat yourself to your favorite drink, meal, a movie, binge watch your favorite TV shows, take a hot bath, just do something that you love.

     3.  Connect with others. Spending time with loved ones whether in person, or on the phone is a mood booster.  Laughing and catching up with those that we care about is so powerful.  Even a hug boosts our mood, it helps us feel connected to others and the world.  Humans for the most part are very social creatures, we thrive and do best when we are with each other.  

     4.  Do a good deed. Helping other people helps us!  There is mutual gain from doing a good deed and making someone’s day, it makes us feel good in return.  Knowing that we have lifted someone’s spirits, helped them through a difficult situation, lended a helping hand no matter how small, these are all good mood boosters. 

     5.  Take a trip down memory lane. Spend some time recalling or daydreaming about your favorite memories, they are bound to make you smile!  Close your eyes and picture the last beach trip that you took, the smell of your favorite holiday dish, go back and look at pictures of some of your favorite events, holidays, a wedding, the birth of a child, happy times with friends.         Smell some of your favorite scents, they can elicit many memories and feelings of happiness. Just thinking of fond memories can give us a powerful happiness boost.

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I hope that you have enjoyed these 5 tips to boost happiness.  Take some time for yourself today and do something to lift your spirits…you deserve it! What kinds of things make you happy?

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An Inspiring Quote

             Someone recently sent me a quote that read “When asked if my cup is half-full, or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful to have a cup.” – Sam Lefkowitz.  I am a true lover of quotes and I had never seen this one before.  It really hit me and opened my eyes.

          Many of us have heard the question of “Is your cup half-full, or half-empty?” Basically it means, do you see life and is your mindset more of a positive one (half-full), or is it more of a not-so positive approach (half-empty).  Of course, this doesn’t always hold true, sometimes it’s just a matter of perception.

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   Life can definitely get me down, but I like to and I try to approach life with the glass half-full mindset.  When I saw this quote, it made the phrase take on a whole new meaning.  This quote by Sam Lefkowitz took it to a whole different level by saying that he was just happy enough to even have a cup regardless.  As I mentioned before, I look very deeply at life and I ponder a lot of what I think, see, hear, and feel.  This had me thinking and applying this quote to my everyday life and just life in general.

        So many times we hear people say “I hate my job,” “My house is so cluttered,” or “My car has a lot of issues.”  While these things are no doubt stressful and such an annoyance, this quote can help us see our stressors in a different way, on a more positive note.  Positivity is even harder when we are down, or stressed, we tend not to focus on the positive as we deal with issues at hand, but it can really allow us to see our situations in a different light.  That job that we hate? Someone is wishing and praying for one right now.  The messy house that we have? Some people are living on the streets in poverty and would take any form of shelter they could get.  That car that is causing us trouble? There are some people out there that have lost their car, or are not able to afford one.  I say these things to in no way minimize our struggles, stress, and hardships, but rather help us to see our burdens in a different way and to see what a life-changer it can be to truly be grateful for all that we have!

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Special Blogger Award

A very special thank you to Mathew at http://blogofthewolfboy.com for nominating me for the Special Blogger Award!! He is an incredible writer and his words and posts truly speak to me. I am so honored to have been given this award. Please check out his work! Mathew thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and keep being amazing!

Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions you are asked (if you are comfortable doing so!)
  3. Create 10 questions for the bloggers that you have nominated
  4. Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award
  5. Comment on your nominees most recent blog post to let them know that you have nominated them
  6. Have fun!

Nominees:

  1. http://philipdodson.co.uk
  2. http://the50yearoldpoet.com
  3. http://pointlessoverthinking.com
  4. http://www.writingmyheartout.com
  5. http://joypassiondesire.com
  6. http://whattanasiasays.home.blog
  7. http://ashokwahi.wordpress.com
  8. http://happiship.home.blog
  9. http://the1itinerary.com
  10. http://crazylittlethings.site

Questions I was asked:

  1. You’re on your way to work and you see a yellow light ahead. Do you gun it and make the light, or cautiously wait for the red? I am absolutely gunning it LOL. Of course safety is important, so this could change based on the situation.
  2. A burglar has broken into your building right now. What’s the closest object you use as a weapon? I hope to never be in this situation, but I would use a chair – it can be thrown, or use to whack someone.
  3. You have just discovered that you can freeze time. What’s the first thing that you do with this power? I would go enjoy life and all of the people in it, I do this anyway, but I could live life even fuller without time being an issue. If I could go back in time, I would see my beloved Grandparents. God Bless them.
  4. What’s a habit you have, or a thing you do which others might consider weird? Probably everything LOL, but I am always wrapped up in a blanket, even in the hot days of summer. I love to feel cozy.
  5. What’s a song that you like, but you’re embarrassed to admit it? I am not embarrassed to admit this, but I do enjoy most kinds of music including Celtic and music from all countries even though I can’t understand the words.
  6. What’s one skill you’d love to learn, but just haven’t devoted the time to it? I have always wanted to learn the drums, piano, and also learn how to be a hip-hop dancer…very different extremes, I know.
  7. How do you deal with a stressful day? I enjoy some alone time to unwind, or spend time with family and friends. I like to walk, be in nature, take a hot shower/bath, watch TV, and write.
  8. Least favorite vegetable? I love almost all vegetables except water chestnuts…yes, that is a vegetable haha.
  9. Least favorite animal? I love all animals! Some I have to admire from afar because of fear LOL.
  10. If you’d won the lottery, would you share the jackpot with me? Absolutely! I would share the wealth. Hopefully you are predicting my future LOL.

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your biggest fear?
  3. What is one goal you would like to reach in 2019?
  4. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
  5. How do you spend your free time?
  6. What is your favorite topic to write about?
  7. What is a life lesson that you have learned and found to be the most valuable?
  8. If you could go back to any age, what age would that be and why?
  9. What are the words that best describe you?
  10. Do you have an introvert or extrovert personality?