It doesn’t take a lot to change your life for the better in a big way.
Small changes to our daily routine can make a huge difference. You won’t even realise what a difference some changes will make until you actually implement them.
Whether you want to feel more fulfilled, need to find a way to fit more into your day or you’re just looking for ways to touch the lives of others in a positive light.
I’ve got a list of tiny changes that you can make to your everyday routine, and your general mindset, which will help you feel happier, more fulfilled and as though you’ve added value to the lives of those around you.
7 Small Ways To Live A Happier Life
GET UP EARLIER
Waking up earlier in the mornings will help you to get so much more done.
You can use the extra time to spend longer getting ready, take a relaxing bath, work on some extra chores, work on your own business before you make your way to you day job, or just spend some time enjoying some peace and quiet before the demands of your everyday routine take hold.
Even an extra hour a day in the morning can have a huge impact on how much you can get done in a day. If you need to go to bed a bit earlier in order to wake up earlier, then don’t feel hard done by – you’ll benefit much greater from that extra hour in the morning, than the extra hour in front of the TV in the evening.
Be thankful for the goodness in your life. Even if you feel like you’re a long way away from where you want to be, there’s always something to be thankful for.
Whether you’re currently going through relationship problems, financial worries, mental health struggles or anything else, at times when life feels it’s most gloomy, there is still something to give thanks for – even if its something as simple as your health, or the fact you’ve got food on your plate.
We all go through tough times, and I’m not suggesting that you suppress your negative emotions – we have to go through the bad times to truly appreciate the good. However, if you’re able to find even the smallest thing to be thankful for during your darkest moments, it’ll help you envisage the light at the end of the tunnel and make it out the other side.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.Oprah Winfrey
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Find something that you’re passionate about, and find a way to turn it into a full time living. You might not be able to make a change overnight, but take some time to think about what really brings you joy – is it being creative, making art, teaching others, caring for people who need help or working with numbers?
Whatever it is, you’ll be really surprised at how many people would be willing to pay for your time, skills and expertise. Think of a way to create a product, service or teaching programme that embodies the things that you’re most passionate about, and you’ll be much happier than working a corporate job that has you feeling unfulfilled and trapped.
ACCEPT THAT THINGS AREN’T PERFECT
Perfectionism is one of the most counterproductive characteristics, that most people experience at some point during their life.
The need for perfection can cause serious damage to your relationships, business, mental health and overall success. It’s crazy when you think about it, as deep down, most people’s need for perfection comes from the fact that they’re so passionate.
You just need to learn when to let go and understand what it is that deserves the majority of your energy, and which areas can cope with a little less focus.
People commonly reject the help of others, as they’d rather do everything themselves so it can be done just the way they like – however, all that ends up happening is you burn yourself out, and no doubt fail completely.
It isn’t possible to be 100% perfect in everything we do – and that’s okay. Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, so try to focus on the things that you can control and that are going to make the difference rather than trying to perfect every single minute detail of the things that don’t really matter.
Celebrate your successes and learn how to treat yourself when you deserve it. Learning to recognise your accomplishments is the best way to grow your self confidence, and motivate yourself to keep striving for more.
This doesn’t mean go out an splash the cash every time you reach a small win. Something as small as treating yourself to dinner with friends, a new outfit you’ve had your eye on or simply taking the day off to enjoy with your family is the perfect way to acknowledge that you’ve a good job.
SHARE WITH & HELP OTHERS
One of the most rewarding things you can do in life is to help and share with others. Share your belongings, your knowledge and your time with those who need you most.
Seize every opportunity you can to help others around you and not only will you brighten the life of those that you offer a hand to, but you’ll feel damn good about yourself for doing it.
Offer support without expecting anything in return. Lose the notion that you if you do something for somebody else, then they owe you a favour in return. You should never live life looking for ways to twist a situation to benefit you. Just do things for others out of the goodness of your heart, and someday good will find its way back to you in ways that you least expect.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.John Holmes
SPEND TIME ALONE
Make sure you spend time alone from time to time. Whether you need to collect your thoughts, take some time for a little self-care or just want to enjoy a movie without any interruptions, alone-time is one of the best ways to reset and refresh your mind, ready for when you have to get back to work and daily responsibilities.
Even if you don’t feel like you enjoy time alone, try to make it a habit anyway. Those who don’t get any time alone, sometimes feel like it’s unnatural or lonely when they finally do get a moment to themselves. It’s not that you don’t need alone time- it’s just that your usual routine has tricked you into thinking that me-time is unnecessary.
Stick with it, and soon you’ll seen that alone time is an important part of staying focused, energized and grounded.
To Finish Off…
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and you’ll be able to implement some, if not all of these habits into your own routine in order to improve your productivity and general mood.
Make sure to let me know in the comments below what habits or mindsets are important to you in order to stay your happiest. Check back here soon, as I post brand new lifestyle, fashion and personal finance tips on The Angelina Archives every single week.