25 Ways to be Happier Today

Why be happy? Why not?

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Be Happy!

Why today? Life’s too short to wait for tomorrow.

Why 25 ways? That was how many I could think of.

How? – pick any idea from the list and do it today.  Feel happier.  If you feel bold, pick more than one!

1. Take care of yourself – savour your shower, shave (if appropriate), moisturise, deoderize, wear that perfume or cologne (don’t overdo it unless you want space on the Tube).  Take care of yourself – because you’re worth it.

2. Dress the part – spruce yourself up and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel great.  When you look your best, you’ll feel your best.

3. Choose your head for the day – which head will you choose?  The happy one, the grumpy one, the angry one, the peaceful one?  Your choice will determine your day.

4. Smile – smile and the whole world smiles back – grimace and you’ll end up stepping in dog poo.

5. Take 10 minutes to do nothing – go on, it feels great – just space out and enjoy yourself.

6. Do one thing from your sh!t list – you know those little things that are driving you nuts – do just one of them.  Feel the weight come off.

7. Commit a random act of kindness – whether someone needs help or not

8. Give yourself a break – at some point today you’ll probably start giving yourself a hard time.  Stop and apologize.

9. Slow down – try being the tortoise for a change.  Try walking half a pace slower, stopping to smell the flowers, looking more closely at the world around you.

10. Turn off email and your mobile for an hour – the world might collapse into a fiery ball… or nothing will happen.  Let them wait.

11. Organise some “spontaneous planned fun” – treat yourself or somebody you know to dinner, a massage, a walk in the park, some quality time.

12. Call someone you haven’t spoken to for a while – preferably someone you like

13. Buy treats for your office / team / colleagues – you have to live with them every day so bribe them to be nice with cake.

14. Stick your favourite up-tempo tune on the stereo at high volume – dance around the living room like a nutter (note to emos – feel free to sway instead)

15. Spend a little time outside – sit in the park at lunchtime, have a picnic, take a walk

16. Stretch yourself – try something new, take on that scary dream you’ve been meaning to start, face up to a fear

17. Make time for someone special – let them know how much you care

18. Take a TV sabbatical – it will forgive you and still be there for you tomorrow (this one goes for video games and the internet too)

19. Daydream – if you’re so inclined, let your mind wander for a while and enjoy it.

20. Set a new goal – it’s exciting to start something new – use 43 things to tell the world about it.

21. Plan a vacation – what kind of break are you craving and where would you like to go?  Make it happen.

22. Exercise – we have endorphins for a reason, so appreciate them

23. Get creative - Draw / Paint / Sculpt / Write / Photograph / Dance / Express yourself

24. Count your blessings – take a minute to be grateful for your life

25. Come up with your own plan – this is the best rule of all.  What is the thing you’d most like to do today?

It’s not too much to ask and you owe it to yourself.  Have a great day.

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  1. Phil
    June 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    What did you do to enjoy today more? What suggestions do you have for enjoying life more right now?

  2. June 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I am going to take a walk in the sunshine. It is a beautiful day in Chicago!
    .-= Catherine Morgan´s last blog ..What is the value of a cover letter? =-.

  3. June 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil,
    This is a great reminder to appreciate and share life’s abundance. Living richly has nothing to do with putting your nose to the grindstone or paying your dues. It has everything to do with seeing yourself rightly and life brightly. The more we appreciate and share life’s abundance, the more abundance we find to appreciate and share.

    Today, I am going to take a break from work to mosey up the street and treat myself a nice big ice coffee!
    .-= rob white´s last blog ..Take the time to treat the mind =-.

  4. June 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Great, great list……Phil, can I add a couple? (Yes you say? Ok great)! – Meditate! Reflect on your life (the past, your family, your childhood) – Remember to not take your freedom for granted (coming right out of Memorial weekend should be a great reminder especially for those of us living in the US) and don’t take your health for granted (another fantastic gift in this world)….That alone oughta bring a smile to anyone’s face!!! (And TV sabbatical is VERY important too – no TV in my life just good movies :) )!

  5. June 2, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Phil,

    Fun post! Yes, why not be happy. It’s free … 16, 17, 23 always speak to me. Today I went to my first CSA orientation. Am going to get food from a local, sustainable farm. Finally, feeling like I’m at least eating green. Thx. G.
    .-= Giulietta the Muse´s last blog ..The Rebel You Haven’t Met =-.

  6. June 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I love this list, surely there’s something here for everyone!

  7. Phil
    June 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    @Catherine – hope you enjoy the sunshine. It is a beautiful day in London and I’m taking a stroll along the Thames today.

    @Rob – beautifully put. Life is pretty abundant (and that is not just in the money sense, but in the rich and fabulous sense). Stopping to appreciate that from time to time is so great.

    @Farnoosh – love your additions. Meditating on life is so great – it costs nothing, brings focus and perspective, not to mention gratitude. I also agree with enjoy our health and looking after it – what a precious gift. Thanks for adding in.

    Giulietta – Thanks! Enjoy your sustainable eating. I love the idea of a sustainable life – and eating is one way to work toward that as is finding happiness in the simple things.

    @Claire – welcome to Less Ordinary Living – thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to brighten your day. Stop by again soon.

  8. June 4, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Hello sir!
    This is a fun post you have created here. I can sense you had fun writing this post, and the result was a lot of very simple yet powerful words of advice. At the moment, I’m getting more outdoors and appreciating nature. I will be in Sedona, Arizona this weekend just taking in the beautiful surroundings.

  9. June 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Hey Phil,

    I like number one but wouldn’t you think if you want space on the tube it’s a good idea to not wear any! ;-) Fab list!
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last blog ..Spirituality IS NOT A Separate Area Of Life =-.

  10. June 7, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    P.S. I like the idea of dancing around like a nutter too!
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last blog ..Spirituality IS NOT A Separate Area Of Life =-.

  11. Phil
    June 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    @Amit – thanks for the feedback – would love to see the video of your dancing!

    @Baker – thank you! Appreciate you stopping by with your positive vibes.

  12. June 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil,

    I really like #1. Being meticulous with your grooming really makes a person feel good and more confident. I’ll sometimes do the same thing with my environment. You know, really clean up and pay very close attention to the details of my work and living space. When I’m done, its like I have a brand new place. Thanks for sharing this list. Well done!

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