5 Easy Ways To Create Happiness In Your Every Day Life

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Don't wait for happiness to find you ... create it in your every day life.

I must be honest about how I typically deal with my distaste for winter. I get the heck out and go somewhere warm.

While I will be making some trips to warmer climates this winter, I still try to find ways to be happier and more at peace when I find myself wishing I for three jackets on, instead of only one. This, and any situation that makes us uncomfortable, is a great chance to reflect on how to find happiness with what IS, rather than seeking to change our situation.

Of course, when we have the power to change our circumstances for the better, I believe we should take it—like hitting the beach in some tropical destinations for some fun and sun. But sometimes, what we are experiencing in life is beyond our control—just like the weather.

When that is the case, the only thing we have control over is ourselves—our thoughts, emotions and actions.

Here are 5 ways to cultivate happiness in your day to day life, no matter what comes your way.

  1. Start Positive. The first few moments of your day make a real imprint on how the rest of it goes. Start with a moment of quiet, an affirmation, journaling, or any other way that helps you start your day centered and focused.
  2. Look For It. What you focus on gets bigger. Unfortunately, we often focus on what makes us unhappy rather than the things that make our day better. Make an effort to recognize what is going well and what you do enjoy.

  3. Be Clear On What Makes You Happy. This may seem like a no-brainer but it's actually something we overlook. What most brings you pleasure and happiness? Alone time or social time? A good home cooked meal or enjoying take out and a movie? Becoming conscious of the things you most enjoy means that you will choose them more often.

  4. Say "Thank You." Whether it's to yourself, your partner, your child or a co-worker, express your gratitude for what is working as often as possible. Expressing your appreciation will immediately make you and the other person feel more positive. It also reinforces the liked behavior so you are likely to see more of it.

  5. Slow Down. Slow down and savor the good parts of your life. Pay attention when you are eating something delicious, really listen when talking to a friend, or take the time to notice what is around you on your daily walk or drive. The more you can be present with your 5 senses and what you are experiencing, the better.


Life is always a mix of things. No matter how bad a day seems, there is always something that is positive as well. Using the list above will help you to collect the good and the simple daily events of your life and can drastically increase your happiness.

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This article was originally published at www.katesiner.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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