Everyday bliss can be yours
If you're someone who has succumbed to the pressures of life and find yourself joylessly slogging through the daily grind, take heart! Following are nine extremely simple-and completely free-things you can do to change your attitude and experience more pleasure every single day-starting right now! Try the following tips and see if they help add some spring in your faltering step.
1. Say "Hello."
Sometimes all it takes to lift the spirits is a little acknowledgement. So give some to get some! Say "Good morning" or "Hello" to a friendly looking strangers as you pass them and get greetings in return for an instant pick-me-up.
2. Do one simple random act of kindness each day.
Like volunteer work, doing something for someone else can make you feel better about yourself. But if you don't have time to participate in a local volunteer program, try the instant gratification of holding the door for several people at a public place, helping someone in need cross the street, or paying for coffee or car tolls for a complete stranger. Fun!
3. Move your body.
Tension builds up in your body. Let it out! Whether you opt to dance like crazy to your favorite song or just take the stairs instead of the elevator when you're leaving work, getting your heart rate up through movement releases stress, and, if you work hard enough, feel-good endorphins!
4. Look people in the eye.
Next time you're at the grocery store checkout line or the coffee shop counter, look the person serving you in the eye, thank them, tell them to have a nice day, and mean it. It's another easy way to feel and better.
You probably don't realize how often we hold or limit our breath. But if you take even 60 seconds to close your eyes and breathe deeply, you'll discover how much better everything feels when you've got fresh air running through you.
6. Practice gratitude.
Rather than focusing on the things that annoy you or that you don't have, take a moment to reflect on the things you're grateful for. Better yet, thank the people in your life that contribute to that gratefulness. What comes around goes around and praise and adoration from people in your life feel great-even when you instigate them!
7. Pause for your kids, if you have them.
Every parent struggles with taking care of business and giving their child or children the attention they need. While you may not be able to entirely tear yourself away from your responsibilities, next time your little one is asking you to watch his or her latest karate or monkey-bar move , put down your smartphone, the dishes, or whatever else you're doing, pay attention, and savor the moment. If you give yourself the chance, you'll not only feel joy over your adoration for your child, but also ward off the guilt you may experience after not giving your child quality time.
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Happiness attracts happiness. Find reason to smile and you're likely to get smiles and attention in return.
9. Be in the moment. Famed spiritual teacher Ekhart Tolle once gave the spectacular advice that when stressed out, pause and ask yourself if there is anything wrong right now. If the answer is no, which it usually is since we're often worrying about what happened before or what might happen later, than you can revel in the peacefulness of the moment. Practice that regularly and you're likely to find lots of happiness in every day-not to mention the clarity of mind to enjoy life's simplest pleasures.
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