by Dr. Kate Siner
Change can be a great thing. A new routine, or a new perspective can revitalize your life and sense of well-being. But, what about the times when change presents a challenge? How can you build up your energy and joy when changes in your life leave you feeling drained?
We often forget that happiness takes practice, the good news is that small things can make a big impact on your sense of well-being.
Here are 5 small actions you can do to cultivate happiness in your day-to-day life, no matter what comes your way.
Start positive: The first few moments of your day can set the tone for the rest of it. So, start each morning with a quiet moment, an affirmation, a journal entry or any other activity that helps you tune into your feelings and intentions for your day.
Look for it: What you focus on gets stronger. Unfortunately, we often focus on what makes us unhappy rather than what brings us joy. Make an effort to recognize what’s going well in your day and be present to the things you enjoy.
Get clear on what makes you happy: This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s actually something we often overlook. What brings you the most pleasure and happiness? Time alone or time with others? A home-cooked meal or take-out and a movie? Becoming conscious of the things you most enjoy means that you will choose them more often.
Say “thank you”: To yourself, your partner, your child or co-worker. Make a point to express your gratitude for what’s working in your life. Showing your appreciation will immediately make you and the person you’re thanking feel more positive. And, by expressing gratitude for the things the people around you do, you reinforce positive behaviors and feelings.
Slow down: Slow down and savor the good parts of your life. Pay attention when you’re eating something delicious. Chose to really listen to your friend while they’re talking. Take the time to notice what’s around you on your daily walk or drive. The more you can be present with your 5 senses to what you’re experiencing, the better.
Life is always a mix of things. No matter how bad a day seems, there’s always something in it that’s positive. Use the list above to help you focus in on the good that’s present in life’s simple, daily events. These simple things can add up quick and drastically increase your happiness.
Dr Kate Siner is an Entrepreneurial and Personal Development mentor, speaker, author and radio show host. Kate has a PhD in Psychology and years of both clinical and coaching experience. Her passion is to help people move past whatever holds them back so that they may embrace all they can be.