5 little tricks to live a more vibrant and content life.
5. Disconnect from the Internet
Forget about the online world and live the real one. Your thoughts, attitude and behavior will completely change if you skip the endless scrolling across other people’s lives. Instead of feeling envious of your peer’s accomplishments or the cool places they’ve visited on your Facebook feed, go out and do the things you’ve always wanted to do (but never got around to it because of the Internet).
While the Internet is useful in a lot of ways, it’s sometimes even more helpful when shut down.
What you can do take your mind offline:
- Catch up on your favorite TV show on Netflix.
- Read a book.
- Go outside and walk as far as your feet can carry you (I’m not kidding).
- Chat with a friend on the phone or over a cup of coffee downtown.
- Start a diary. Don’t be shy to write down all your thoughts and memories.
- Build relationships. Have fun and meet new people everywhere you go. Shall I suggest Meetups?
4. Follow your passion
There’s no better way to remain happy than to do something you absolutely love. Rock climbing, cooking, performing as a dancer — whatever it is, do what you think feels best and actually work to make it happen. As everyone says, “do what you love, love what you do.”
Things to be passionate about:
- Music. Play some instrument or enroll in a talent show.
- Food. When was the last time you cooked something really delicious by yourself?
- Writing. Finish the stories you’ve already begun and write new ones. Who knows, you might become a best-selling author.
- Getting a degree. If your passion is studying then pursue it in full speed.
- Working on Wall Street.
- Traveling. Pack your bags and explore the world. Where have you always dreamed of going?
3. Appreciate what you have
You might not have a Lamborghini or own every Apple product. But you don’t need those to feel satisfied in life. In fact, most rich people don’t feel happy, because money has molded their personality into one that’s more stingy and distant. Think about what you have. Everything you’ve worked hard for. It’s plenty to appreciate your life for.
Things to appreciate (that you might not be aware of):
- Your health. Cherish that you’re alive and able to experience the world.
- Your family. They’re always there to guard your back, listen to your woes, and lend a hand. When was the last time you hugged your mom and dad?
- Your friends. A close friend to confide in is priceless.
- Career. Be thankful for your company to pay for your bills.
- The screen you’re reading this on. Whether it’s a computer or a smartphone, you have a device to help you with your daily tasks and enhance your social life.
2. Treat your body right
Alright, stand up from the sofa and turn off everything around you. No TV, no computer, no phone (yup, that’s right — I said it!). Why not take a breather outside when we live in such a bountiful world?
How you can treat your body better:
- Run. Jog around the neighborhood in the morning. Make it a healthy habit.
- Go to the gym. Lifting a few weights a day keeps the gloom away.
- Eat healthy. Forget the fast food and the tasty ice cream in your fridge.
- Sleep 7–8 hours a day. It’ll boost your creativity juice and health at the same time.
- Avoid riding the elevators. Use the stairs instead.
1. Connect with your senses
As much as it may seem strange, happy people enjoy ordinary things — especially ones where they can really see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the experience. It’s simple moments like these that make us cherish our capabilities to be in this world.
Things to please your senses:
- The smell of freshly baked pastries in the morning. Take a full whiff, don’t exhale too quickly.
- Drink hot tea. The steam works wonders.
- Dance to random music. No matter where you are, start picking up the rhythm with your favorite moves — you’ll feel completely free from the shackles of society’s normality.
- Put on your favorite perfume/cologne. Who doesn’t want to smell nice?
- Smile to people on the street. Happiness reciprocates.
Editor’s note: Giving credit to Ketan Anjaria for his original post: How To Be Happy.