In that same world, “being happier” might mean a two-week vacation on a beach with your favorite mocktail.
Perfect or not, your real world involves work and family commitments, not enough time to get through the daily to-do list, and a budget that is sometimes stretched to the breaking point.
Fortunately, it is possible to boost both your happiness and health in ways that are kind to your schedule and your bank balance.
De-clutter Your Desk
There are plenty of things you can do in just five minutes to help make your day brighter. Set the kitchen timer and tackle your desk! Clear off this morning”™s tea or coffee cup, that pile of bills you need to organize, and your kid”™s stack of permission slips. Run a microfiber cloth over photos and your computer monitor. It”™s amazing how having a cleaner, clutter-free desk will help you to focus and concentrate on all of the other tasks you need to do.
Listen to Some Tunes
Music will calm the savage beast. Studies have found that cheerful and upbeat tunes can truly boost your mood, Psych Central notes. In addition, tunes on in the background may help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your stress level. While you are working around the house, put on your favorite music in the background ”” it can be cheery classical, jazz or hip hop, whatever you prefer. Enjoy a boost in both health and happiness.
Create a Place of Serenity
A wonderful way to improve both your health and happiness is to create a safe, calm and serene sanctuary right in your own home. It can be your master bedroom, a guest room or office. The only rules: it will be a happy place where you can go to unwind. Paint the room a soothing color, like these 10 suggested by HouseBeautiful. Add comfy furniture and shelving to hold books and photos. Add some beautiful window treatments to diffuse the natural light. The Shade Store features a gorgeous selection of drapes that come in a range of colors and myriad of styles.
Get that Weight off Your Shoulders
You know that task that you”™ve been dreading”¦ the one that has been on your to-do list for the past two weeks? Nothing will give you a jumpstart like crossing that darn thing off. So grit your teeth and do it: file your taxes, clean out the fridge, call your dentist, scrub that sticky spot off the floor. Whatever it is, just get it done!
Write Down What Makes You Happy
Every single day for a month, take a minute and write down something ”” anything ”” that made you happy today. These don”™t have to be big things like winning the lottery or George Clooney showing up at your door with Girl Scout cookies. Use the opportunity to recognize simple joyous moments like light morning traffic or your child telling you you”™re a great mom or dad.
Then, on those days when life throws you a curveball, read through everything you wrote. It”™ll be a wonderful reminder of all the good in your life.