Happiness: we all want it. It is probably the most sought after emotion in our culture. Short of quitting your job, moving to Colorado, and becoming a professional pot connoisseur, there are little changes you can make. Below are 3 things you can start doing right now to achieve happiness:
1. Put down your phone
We all do it. We’re texting at a red light, updating our status in a movie, and instagraming everything we eat. We’re so obsessed with over sharing that sometimes we just forget to live in the moment. My aw-ha moment was just the other night. I was talking to my husbandand reading articles on twitter. Harmless right? Wrong. There is nothing more disrespectful than mulitasking when someone just wants to spend quality time with you.
2. Save your money for an experience
In our current culture we tend to spend a lot of money on stuff. Stuff we want and certainly don’t need. If you’re a women it’s likely: clothes, shoes or overpriced coffee. If you’re a man it’s likely: tech gadgets, video games, or energy drinks. If you’re a parent it’s likely: toys, clothes, and childcare. We all need something from time to time and it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but most of this stuff we can do without. When my husbandand I moved I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff we had accumulated over the years. We agreed no gifts for our anniversary or birthdays. We will instead, save our money for an experience. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Make memories with your family on special events by getting out into your city and actually doing something.
3. Find your purpose
I know it’s not realistic to quit your job and go backpacking around Europe this summer but, it is okay to pursue your dreams. Don’t ever let anyone discount you or your dreams. Maybe your a tech genius, like my husband, spend your down time creating an app for something you love, if only just to make your own life a little easier. Maybe you work in a less than ideal job. Spend your weekends at networking events with people who share your interests. It will be a nice change, and who knows you may even get a job more suited for you, in the process. Maybe you’re just looking for a place to make a difference. Get involved with a cause deep to your heart. I like #hastaglunchbag in phoenix because homelessness is a cause very dear to my heart. Whatever pulls at your heart strings, there’s an organization near by to get involved with.
In short, happiness comes to people who pursue it. There is no easy button for this one (even though I’m sure we all wish their was). There are only steps you can take to make the best of your situation. I know you might hate things about your life but only you can do things to change it.