"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher
When I ask my clients what it is that they want out of life, happiness is always in the top 5. And I hear this often, "I will be happy when...".
This got me thinking - we often feel we need to achieve certain goals we set for ourselves in order to experience happiness. This is why so many people believe that if they work hard enough, they will have their happiness later.
It is great to have goals that inspire us; however, when we become too focused on the goal, we lose sight of the journey.
If we want to be happy, the time is now.
Now, I am not an expert on your happiness or your journey. But I do some little things that help me on my journey and stay on the positive side of things. Here are fifty of the things I do (in no particular order) and maybe you should too.
1. Go outside.
2. Sit down outside in the sun with your phone off and find beauty around you.
3. Call Mom, or Dad, or any family member.
4. Spend time with your kids. Go on a hike with them. They’re little Ninjas.
5. Hike. Hike more. Every season of the year.
6. Cook food outside. It tastes better.
7. Pet more dogs, or cuddle with yours. He/She will love it.
8. Find your tribe and connect with them, regularly.
9. Set goals, work hard, and keep going.
10. Find your thing and do that thing.
11. Picnics on top of mountains, by a river, in a park. Just get outside.
12. Make others laugh as much as you can. And laugh harder then them.
13. Keep learning. Educate yourself.
14. Take time to decompress in solitude.
15. Set your intentions and sit in gratitude daily.
16. Diversify your transportation. Ski, bike, walk, boat, hike, skate, board, blade, paddle...
17. Do meaningful play in unstructured environments. Jump over logs, balance on rocks.
18. Share adventures with those you love.
19. Make plans. Follow through.
20. Say yes to more adventure.