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Here are 7 sure-fire ways to bring a little happiness into your life right now and beat the autumn gloom.
1) Re-connect with an old friend
Pick up the phone and call a close friend who you haven’t spoken with for a while. Let them know that you’ve missed them and find out what is going on in their life. See what you can do to help them along life’s path.
2) Try something new
What has been on your wish list for an eternity? Pick an activity or subject you’d like to explore and take the first step in making it happen. Sign up for a yoga course, get a book on Greek cookery from the library and try a recipe, join the local tennis league. Start something juicy and exciting.
3) Pamper yourself
Taking care of yourself is vital to your happiness. Set aside some “me” time to do something you really love. Book a massage, hide out and read a book, buy a new pair of shoes. Treat yourself – because you’re worth it.
4) Smile more
The simple act of smiling is one of the most powerful ways to get a happiness boost. Smiling helps us to stick to Rule Number 6 (don’t take yourself too seriously). Practice a smile right now and try to keep them coming. If all else fails, stick on your headphones and listen to your favourite tune – have a rock out and put a smile on your face for 5 minutes.
5) Help someone out
Help someone in need without bidding or any expectation of reward. It might be standing up for someone who needs a seat on the bus, volunteering in a community project, or even just taking the time to listen to someone who needs it.
6) Plan an event
What do you love to do and who do you love to do it with? Do you need to organise a break with family, friends or your loved one? Are your favourite band in town next month? Can you book a trip to the opera with your best friend? Identify something you’d love to do over the next month or two and organise it now.
7) Set goals for the rest of the year
Now we’re into September there are three months left in the grand old year of 2009. Take out a business card, turn it over and write down the 2 or 3 most important things you’d like to achieve this year on the back. Be specific about what you’d like to do. Carry the card with you in your wallet to remind you of your commitments.
You can complete any of these steps today and none need take more than an hour. What are you waiting for?