Small steps taken in the here and now add up in a big way later.
If you stick with following the 5 recommendations below, then in as little as 3 to 6 months, you could be in a completely different position when it comes to your happiness, finances and outlook.
If you want to choose to be happy, you must acknowledge how very important your health is.
We often don’t appreciate our good health until we no longer have it. Every day, we should be doing things that take care of both our physical and mental health, so that we can enjoy life and not be held back.
The first step is to get really honest with yourself.
Most of us underestimate how much we eat and over estimate the activity we do – which is a perfect storm for weight gain. If you know that you’re consuming the wrong things, make a conscious effort to cut back, start meal planning and discover lots of new tasty and healthy recipes.
If you work a sedentary job or know you’re a bit of a couch potato then get up and start being more active. Go for walks with your dog, go swimming, join a yoga class.
Intense activity is great but you can start smaller and work your way up. And any exercise you do is certainly better than none at all.
Drink enough water, get enough sleep and find ways to keep stress under control.
My promise to you: When you regain control of your body and your health, you’ll feel so much better for it.
If you want to choose to be happy, you must let go of clutter and stop habits of “massive consumption.”
Too many people buy more than they need – because it makes them feel stable – or because they’re told by society it’s what they need.
This can all add up rapidly – and mean our lives are full of far too many items we don’t need.
If your home, car, desk, handbag etc all feel cluttered, then start getting organized.
My promise to you: Living more minimally can be really useful from a practical and mental health perspective.
If you want to choose to be happy, you must pursue a career you enjoy.
We spend such a large proportion of our time at work.
If you’re not happy there, then you can never expect to be fully happy throughout the rest of your life.
If you’re stuck in a dead end job, you can explore…
My promise to you: If you can find a way to enjoy your job more, you will enjoy your life more.
If you want to choose to be happy, you must do activities you genuinely love.
Even if you snag a job you like, you’ll still need to find hobbies you are excited about doing.
If you’re creative, look at local art classes, pottery painting and cake decorating groups. You could take a photography course, or go to dance lessons.
Have a think about things you enjoy now or have enjoyed in the past for ideas.
My promise to you: Pursue hobbies which build your skills and you’ll not only have more fun – you’ll meet new, like minded people.
If you want to choose to be happy, you must create a mission and a plan to pursue it.
Working towards goals helps to give your life structure.
Working towards goals encourages you to work hard – but with rewards in sight – so you’re not just slogging away indefinitely.
Set yourself goals in all areas of your life from work to travel to financial to health.
My promise to you: Setting goals is a way to give your life meaning and purpose. It’s not only the key to success. It’s a big key to happiness.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.