Happiness is a difficult topic because the more we talk about it, the more unhappy we tend to get. We realize that we could be happier and therefore we lose our ability to be happy. When I started reading self-help books six months ago I was struggling with my happiness. Reading those books made me pay attention to my own happiness and I started realizing how unhappy I was – this, for some reason, made me even more unhappy.
As time has progressed I’ve learned various ways to be happy. This blog is partially a dedication to that sentiment. I’ve done this because sometimes writing about happiness has helped me get through funks. I’m glad to say that I have found a lot of things that worked for me.
One of the new things I want to try is finding meaning in my daily life. The way that I want to do this is through dedicating time towards certain things. You know how people always say I wish I did yoga daily or went to the gym? I have similar things I want to incorporate into my own life and here they are;
1. Start meditating daily
If I meditate in the morning, I’ve found that I’m a lot happier throughout the day. The meditation can’t just be sitting though, it has to be mindful action – like taking a walk or eating breakfast slowly. Even laying in bed with a clear mind helps me through the day.
2. Start dedicating more time towards blogging daily
I’ll be honest, I’ve really been neglecting my blogs lately. There has been plenty of time in my life to write but I push writing until 10 or 11 every night. It’s not cool and it really takes away from the satisfaction of blogging. I find a lot of meaning in my day-to-day life if I take time to write something down. Writing posts in 10 minutes is not a good thing.
3. Finding and ingesting new media daily
When I’m listening to new music or finding a new artist, I seem to have the most daily satisfaction. It’s not that the media makes me happy but I find a lot more meaning in my life if I’m doing something new. Facebook and Tumblr don’t fulfill that craving for newness and I need to start dedicating more time towards this aspect of my life.
4. Exercising at least a couple times a week
I’ve really tried to start exercising daily but I haven’t found a way that’s worked for me. Especially because I don’t have a car, I have no way to get to the gym other than walking. If I orient a couple days a week towards working on my body, I’m sure that I could get back into the swing of things. I think I fear becoming a gym monkey a little bit but that’s a whole different post. Coming back from the gym I have so much satisfaction it can last through the next day, that’s why I’m making it a larger part of my life.
5. Getting to sleep early
Waking up at the butt crack of dawn really sucks. There’s really no other way to put it. Since I have to get up so early, I also need to go to bed early. When everyone around you can survive on 4 hours of sleep it’s difficult to get to bed on time. It’s so easy to just put on a movie or just kill an hour or two of valuable sleep. Having a good night’s rest also puts me in a good mood and leaves a happy undertone all day. Getting under 7 and a half hours leads me to all sorts of unhappiness and I don’t put enough time into my sleep schedule. That’s why I’m dedicating more time towards sleep from now on.
Those are all of the things I can think of for now but I’m sure that there’s more I’ll think of later. As I add these things into my life I’ll keep you update to see how it’s working for me. I want to find more purpose and satisfaction day-to-day.
What are some things that make you happy? Do you do them daily or how do you incorporate them into your life? Where do you find satisfaction in your life? I think creating is the most satisfying thing I do. Let me know yours in the comments below!