Watch Less – Be Happier
There’s good evidence that too much TV is linked to unhappiness, perhaps because it uses up the time we could spend on things that do make us happy: time with our partners, exercise, learning new skills, socialising, even gardening!
Controlling children’s TV viewing is also important – as I’ve been learning at home.
8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger
At least once a day. Smiling has a real positive effect, not only on making you feel better, but also on other people around you. It’s hard for other people not to respond positively to you if you’re smiling.
9. Phone a friend
Make contact with at least one friend or relation you’ve not been in contact with for a while and arrange to meet up. Having a strong social network makes you feel supported and secure, which, in turn, leads to feeling content.
10. Have a good laugh at least once a day.
It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine. It’s a great stress reliever.
11. Every day make sure you give yourself a treat and take time to really enjoy it!
Be good to yourself and Make more time for you.
12. Daily kindness.
Do a good turn for someone each day. Think about volunteering.
If there is one common thread to the tips above, it is that the factors that increase happiness tend to do so from the inside, rather than from external sources.
Let me leave you with a couple of great quotes – the first from the Dalai Lama:
‘In the West you have bigger homes, yet smaller families, you have endless conveniences, yet you never seem to have time. You can travel the world, yet you don’t cross the road to meet your neighbour. You have more food that you can eat, yet that makes people miserable. The West’s problem is that people have become too absorbed’.
And the second from motivational speaker Denis Waitley
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.“
Food for thought. Enjoy World Happiness Day!