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Monday, June 15, 2020

I’ve been reading a lot about happiness, and what “happy people” do. I would consider myself a generally happy person, but I am also genuinely curious as to if there’s any sort of key to happiness. Very generally, I think that you might just have to put a little effort into trying to be happy.

While everyone is different, there are definitely things that could help anyone be a little happier. Here’s what I’ve found from a little research and my own experiences:

Make Plans

There’s a couple reasons why making plans, whether that be a trip or just a dinner reservation, can actually help you stay happier. First, plans give you something to look forward to. Next, fun things can be spontaneous, but most of the time the things you consider fun aren’t just going to fall into your lap. Put a little effort into planning fun into your life and you have a much higher chance of finding it. Finally, staying busy helps occupy your mind and keep you feeling fulfilled.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

You can only think about so much in a day, why occupy valuable thoughts with something that in the grand scheme of things doesn’t really matter. Worrying about things that are completely out of your control is especially fruitless. Sometimes it’s just better to shrug it off.

Get Outside

Fresh air is the best medicine. There’s nothing quite like feeling the sun on your skin or watching a sunset, or breathing in mountain or ocean air. Spending time in nature can also help you ground yourself where you are, and appreciate all that’s around you.

Spend More Time With People Who Make You Happy

Any kind of relationship takes effort. Whether that's with family, friends, or a significant other. Take more time to take care of your relationships with the people who make you happy. It seems too simple to say spending more time around people you’re happy with will help you be happier, but I think it makes a lot of sense. Cultivating meaningful relationships is one of the most fulfilling things we can do as people.

Help Others

What’s more meaningful than taking all your wonderful talents and using them to help someone else? There’s a reason people are all good at different things-- it means everyone has something special to offer the world around them. There’s very little that feels as good as knowing you helped someone else, even in the smallest way.

Practice Gratitude

I really think this is the most important one. If you take the time to really appreciate what you do have, it’s truly hard to ot feel happier. Living life with gratitude and humility for what’s around you, and all that this short life has given you might just be the best way to stay grounded and content.

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