How To Be Happier

Would you like to be a happier person? Most people are fairly happy on a day to day basis, but sometimes they think “it would be nice to be a happier person.”

This is because we all face unhappiness in our lives, whether this is caused by stress, financial problems, love problems or even an annoying co-worker. Another cause of unhappiness can be social media, as many people portray an edited version of their life that makes them seem happier. This can make other people wonder why their lives aren’t as exciting as everyone else’s.

If you would like to be a happier person, here are three tips that will help.

 

1. Base Your Happiness On The Things That You Can Control

A common cause of unhappiness is basing your happiness on things that are out of your hands. You can’t control everything in your life, and being sad about the things that you can’t control is a waste of your time as it won’t change anything!

Instead base your happiness on the things that you can control. You can’t make it so that you have a huge inheritance, but you can work hard and save money. You can’t change your body type at the click of a finger, but you can work out so that you are happier with the way you look.

 

2. Be Comfortable With Negative Emotions

Even the happiest people in the world sometimes feel sadness and anger, so it is important to be okay with being sad sometimes. In fact, being comfortable with your negative emotions means that you are less likely to feel them again in the future, as you can choose to rationally assess why you feel sad or angry. This makes it easier for you to think of solutions.

 

3. Make A Note Of Your Daily Emotions

If you make a note of daily emotions it will make it easier for you to be happier, as it will be more obvious what makes you happy and what makes you sad. For instance, if you feel frustrated for a few hours in the afternoon at work, you may benefit from taking a walk at lunch time to give yourself a break from the work environment.

 

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20 Fun Fall Activities

I promise this is my last fall blog post. Maybe. Probably. I just love fall so much! Lame, I know.

One of the best things about fall is all the fun activities that come with it. The weather may be getting colder, but that is no reason to spend the next few months inside. There are lots of awesome (and cheap) things that you can do outside during fall!

Don’t worry – there are inside activities too. I love spending time inside on a cold, dark evening, especially if I have a mug of hot chocolate.

Here are 20 fun fall activities.

  1. Go for a walk through a forest or a wood as the leaves change color.
  2. Go apple picking.
  3. Go to a fall festival with someone you love.
  4. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  5. Carve pumpkins.
  6. Make something with pumpkin in it. (My personal favorites are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.)
  7. Bundle up warm and go to kick leaves in your local park.
  8. Go to a corn maze with your friends or family.
  9. Visit a spooky fairground.
  10. Fly a kite with your children (or nephews and nieces).
  11. Light some candles or the fire and watch a movie during a cold evening.
  12. Make toffee apples.
  13. Make homemade soup.
  14. Pick pinecones.
  15. Eat breakfast in bed (mostly because it is far too cold to eat it at the table).
  16. Make a scarecrow.
  17. Make mulled wine.
  18. Make warm apple cider.
  19. Go antiquing.
  20. Go to a haunted house.

What are you going to do on this list? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

15 More Small Things That Make Life Better

Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.

  1. Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
  2. Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
  3. Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
  4. Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
  5. A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
  6. The smell in the air after heavy rain.
  7. Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
  8. The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
  9. Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
  10. Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
  11. Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
  12. A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
  13. Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
  14. Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
  15. Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.

What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂

15 Small Things That Make Life Happier

Sometimes it is the little things that put us in a great mood. Here are 15 things that make life better!

  1. Finishing work early.
  2. Walking home from work when the weather is beautiful.
  3. Waking up before your alarm goes off, and realizing you still have hours left in bed.
  4. Being praised by your friends, family or boss.
  5. Finding money in your pocket or jacket that you forgot you had.
  6. When the elevator arrives as soon as you press the button.
  7. Listening to a new song that you’ve just discovered on repeat.
  8. Listening to your all-time favorite song on repeat.
  9. When you realize that a show you love is back with a new season.
  10. When you see a happy child or puppy in public.
  11. Having a great hair day.
  12. When you sing/rap the whole song correctly.
  13. When the sun starts shining and you put your winter coat away for a few months.
  14. When a package arrives that you’ve been looking forward to. (Today a big box of Twiglets arrived for me. Day = made!)
  15. When you think of a funny memory and you can’t help but to smile.

What small thing made your life better this week? Let me know with a comment!

15 MORE FUN THINGS YOU CAN DO ALONE

 

Lots of people are introverted, and sometimes they just don’t feel like socializing. They want to spend their day enjoying their own company, but scrolling through Facebook and Twitter can get a little boring.

If you are an introvert who is looking for fun things to do, here are 15 free and fun activities.

 

  1. Watch a classic old film that you’ve never seen, such as Dracula. Alternatively, watch a newer film that you’ve been meaning to watch.
  2. Take a stroll through Wikipedia, and teach yourself everything you can about one subject.
  3. Sit in your back garden or on your roof at night and watch the stars.
  4. Write a song/poem/short story.
  5. Teach yourself to meditate.
  6. Print off your photographs and put them into a scrapbook.
  7. Start to read a book that you’ve been planning on reading.
  8. Play a free online game – the internet is full of them!
  9. Create a half an hour workout session using Youtube videos – Fitness Blender have lots of short videos that exercise different parts of your body!
  10. If you have a pet, teach it a new trick.
  11. Write a letter to your best friend.
  12. Join a forum that discusses one of your passions. Comment and get involved.
  13. Create a full course meal with the food you already have in your fridge.
  14. Read a creepypasta.
  15. Find the answer to a question you’ve always wondered about.

Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know with a comment!

15 FUN THINGS YOU CAN DO ALONE

Are you a proud introvert? Lots of people enjoy spending time in their own company, but sometimes they can run out of things to do.

If you can relate to this, don’t worry; here are 15 fun things you can do alone – and they are all free!

 

  1. Learn some yoga poses. Yoga is great for your muscles, and it can be a great way to de-stress after a tough day. Look on Youtube to find some poses for beginners.
  2. Find a new podcast series to start listening to.
  3. Learn to cook a meal you love, but don’t know how to make.
  4. Start a blog about something that interests you – although I’m guessing that most people who are reading this already have!
  5. Take a free online class and learn something new. There are lots of interesting free classes, from Physics to kickboxing to baking.
  6. Teach yourself to convincingly fake an accent. I recommend Australian or Irish.
  7. Explore the nature in your area and find your favorite place.
  8. Paint a self-portrait.
  9. Listen to your favorite album.
  10. Start writing in a journal. You don’t have to write long entries – just write a few notes for each day. It will be a really interesting read in the future.
  11. Start to build a family tree that you can show to your siblings and parents.
  12. Get your bills and finances in order. Okay, I lied – this one isn’t fun, but it is a productive way to spend your time.
  13. Rearrange a room in your house.
  14. Find an interesting blog and read it from start to finish.
  15. Make some new music playlists.

Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know with a comment!

20 WONDERFUL QUOTES ABOUT READING

Do you love to read? I have loved reading for as long as I can remember – and I am not a fussy reader either. I’ll read anything that I can get my hands on! I think reading is amazing; you can escape to other worlds, educate yourself, scare yourself among many other things.

Check out 20 wonderful quotes about reading here.

No two persons ever read the same book. – Edmund Wilson

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P.J. O’Rourke

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought. – Arthur Helps

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. – Angela Carter

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little. – Denis Parsons Burkitt

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. – William Lyon Phelps

What you don’t know would make a great book. – Sydney Smith

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. – Isaac D’Israeli

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joeseph Addison

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. – John Green

Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed. – Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. – W. Somerset Maugham

We read to know we are not alone. – C.S. Lewis

Are you an avid reader too? Let me know what some of your favourite books are with a comment!