What makes you happy? Traveling? Going to concerts? Attending weddings? Eating a gourmet meal?
When I think about the things that make (or have made) me happy, I usually go to the big things that happen every once in awhile like taking a road trip or being at the beach in Italy or meeting Jared Padalecki. Thinking about doing all of those things always brings me a little bit of joy, but at the same time, it makes me a little sad because they aren’t things that I can just go out and do. In fact, some of the things that have made me super happy may never even happen again. And while living in nostalgia is a wonderful thing to do (because I do it all the time), living in the present can be even better if you focus on the little things that make you happy.
The first post in the Becoming Bliss series was all about enjoying the little things. Go back to that and think about the little things that make you happy. Take out a pen and paper (or open up a new Word document) right now to write down 15-20 things that you can do every month or every week or even every day that bring you joy. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1// Writing – Doesn’t matter if it’s a poem, a song, a journal entry or a writing prompt
2// Cooking – Some people find joy in creating delicious cuisine
3// Painting, drawing, pottery, etc.
4// Working out – running, yoga, zumba, weights, cardio, etc.
6// Drinking wine
7// Netflix binges
8// Talking to a loved one
9// Taking the dog out for a walk or just going for a walk by yourself
10// Discovering something new to do (or eat) in your town
11// Enjoying a hot beverage – coffee, tea, hot cocoa
12// Staying in bed as long as possible
13// Making new friends
14// Giving back/paying it forward
Once you’ve written down a few small things that make you happy, I want to challenge you to do one of those things every single day, no matter what mood you’re in. I don’t care if you had a crappy day at work or if you’re overwhelmed with school or if you just had the most humongous fight with your significant other. No matter the circumstances, try to do one of the things on your list each day, because doing so will bring some bliss and happiness into your life and your day, even if it’s just for a moment. And who knows? It could be the difference between having a crappy day and having an amazing one.
What’s something that makes you happy?