Learn or try something new. Your brain is a muscle that loves to be exercised. Completing a good challenge will bring happiness and satisfaction to your life.
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All of these things help capture or create great memories, which bring happiness to your life (especially in a hard time).
5. Spend time with others
Spending time with family and friends is important for your emotional stability, if you aren't afraid to share how you are feeling, that is. They can help you sort through your thoughts. Hearing the perspective from someone older than 70 and younger than seven can bring laughs and a greater understanding.
6. Take action
Taking time out of your day to do something other than work can help lift up your mood. Providing service, planning a trip, taking time to meditate and living in the moment can bring a sense of completeness to your life. You can also compliment others, shorten your commute, do something you love and work less.
7. Be outside
The world is a beautiful place. Get outside and away from all busyness of life. Take a deep breath and enjoy nature.
8. Show gratitude
Tell others that you are thankful, but also keep track of things you are grateful for each day. Forgive mistakes. Share your experiences and give people gifts. A more selfless attitude almost always leads to happiness.
9. Manage stress
Stress can take over you life if you let it. Look at your daily routine and choose five things you don't need to do. Or look around your home and think of five items to donate. It's amazing how uplifting decluttering can be.
Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.