Mark Twain once said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” With that as a starting point, here are 20 ideas to help you be happy. Stop checking. Every time you stop to ask yourself if you are happy is a waste of
Debt drags you down. Pay it off. Even if, you have to sell the stuff you bought that brought about the added debt, you’ll be happier without the stuff. (Keep a reasonable mortgage to keep a reasonable home.)
Find a hobby
Find something you enjoy doing that will take your mind off of your worries. Better yet, find a hobby you can enjoy with your family.
Plan a vacation
Even if it may be far away, by planning a vacation you create a light at the end of the tunnel that will give you hope when other things weigh you down.
Find more friends
You can never have too many friends. You may not be able to go out on the weekends with all of your friends, but make a point to meet new people and add new friends to your circle.
Visit someone who is lonely
You probably know people who are shut in due to age or infirmity and rarely get visitors. Make a point to visit them once in a while.
Make a point to drive happy. Make a point to forgive every idiot who cuts you off in traffic, who fails to see the light turn green and who refuses to let you merge. Remember, sometimes you’re the idiot.
Make a point to get outside and enjoy it once in a while. Being in your car doesn’t count. Really be outside. Even in winter, bundle up and get outside.
Count your blessings
Make a point every evening before bed to count your blessings. The simple act of thinking of the good things in your life will bring a calming spirit that will help you sleep.
Devin Thorpe, husband, father, author of Your Mark On The World and a popular guest speaker, is a Forbes Contributor. Building on a twenty-five year career in finance and entrepreneurship that included $500 million in completed transactions, he now champions social good full time, seeking to help others succeed in their efforts to make the world a better place.