It’s what we all really want isn’t it?
And it’s one of those things you just can’t ever get enough of.
In fact, the Dalai Lama says the very purpose of life is to be happy, and it’s hard to disagree with that.
So let’s dive straight into a very simple way you can bring some extra happiness into your life.
It’s an exercise that forces you to sit down and take an honest account of your life.
It doesn’t take very long and the rewards can be huge.
And all you need is a pen and paper.
You’re going to make a few lists.
On the first, write everything that makes you happy.
On the second, write what makes you unhappy.
Then you start removing from the unhappy pile and focusing on the happy one.
Dead easy you say, but what does it look like practically?
Well, first you actually have to make those lists.
Now comes the fun part.
Take the first thing on your happiness list.
And it can be simple. Playing with the kids, or evening walks, or running on the beach with your dog. Whatever it might be.
Make a note to yourself to remind you to do this more often.
The trick is to keep reminding yourself until it becomes ingrained and you don’t have to think about it.
With the unhappy list, take the first item and come up with a solution for it.
This puts you in a proactive state of mind where you are focusing on positive outcomes.
It’s simple math really … less unhappiness equals more happiness.
Now the third list is where it gets exciting.
On this list, you write down the things you want to be doing in your life but you aren’t just yet.
This is where the real improvement and happiness explosions happen.
Having a goal or a dream you are working towards will give more purpose to your days.
And you guessed it, having a greater sense of purpose will also increase your happiness.
I really hope this quick and simple exercise works for you and helps make those subtle mindset shifts that can bring more happiness into your life.
For more happiness tips, check out my other article, ‘5 Ways To Be More Happy‘.