With all the advancing technology around us, one would think we would have freed up time in our lives for more leisure. But the exact opposite is true, technology enables us to do more and we fill up every spare moment. In the hustle and bustle of life, how can we find happiness? I know there are days when I feel like I’m a drone living out the same scenarios time and again. Where is the fun in that? Can joy even be found in this day and age?
I say yes. I say yes because I have experienced happiness, even in the most tumultuous times. Here are a few things I do that help me (and those around me) become happy.
With Smartphone’s, Tablets, and Music devices it is so easy to put your head down and charge on through the day staring at a screen. When is the last time you looked at someone and smiled? When is the last time you smiled for no reason? There is something about smiling that makes you happy. I want you to smile, right now. Hold it for about 30 seconds and see if you don’t feel better afterward. Smile at someone around you to pass the smile on, (they are contagious you know) keep smiling and you may find yourself delightfully happy.
See the Glass as Half Full
Easier said than done, right? These days everyone should be realist, it’s just a glass of water, who cares if it’s half full or half empty? Well there is much more to it than that. Every December my Husband’s office does their yearly reviews. In this review, they determine where career paths will go and if a person deserves a raise or not. It’s normally at this time that my husband starts to question his performance despite year-long praise. This last time around I pointed that out to him. He looked up at me as if this was an epiphany. It was then that he decided he was being too hard on himself and he started looking at all the positives that had happened to him in the last year rather than focusing on the slip-ups. And you know what? When review time came everything was great, and my husband was happier for keeping that positive outlook.
Think outside yourself
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with everything you have to do, and why add to the list of worries by thinking about other people? This can be dangerous. Let’s do another thinking exercise. Think about someone you know and think about all of the issues they have been through. Now think about everything you have had to deal with in your life. Now ask yourself this question — would you trade your issues for their issues? I’m guessing the answer is no. Try again, try it with people you think have it easy, and you may find that you still wouldn’t trade your life for anyone else’s. Feel better? I do.
Thoughts and actions are powerful things that can be harnessed to make our lives happier. I hope these tips have helped you to find a little bit more joy in your life.