Do something that makes you happy every day
As we grow up and grow older it can be increasingly easy to fall into a mundane routine. As creatures of habit this isn’t always a bad thing – it represents comfort, safety and reliability in our lives. However routine, by definition, can lack excitement too.
For many of us, life is simply about getting up, having breakfast, commuting to work, spending the day at work, commuting home, making dinner, washing up, going to bed, and beginning the cycle again the next day. Very little time is set aside for doing the things we enjoy and the things that make us happy.
We’ve worked with numerous people over the years who’ve suffered from a range of emotional and mental health issues, ranging from a slight lack of motivation to crippling depression and anxiety. No matter how severe the issue is, or even if you have no issue at all, one piece of advice that’s relevant to all of us is to do something that makes you happy every day.
This needn’t cost anything, take too much time or be too dramatic. For some of us it’s the simplest things that bring us the most pleasure.
You can take this further by keeping a daily log of the things you’ve done that day that make you happy. Just use a scrap of paper, a notebook or a phone to make a note of something you did that made you feel free, amused, at peace or otherwise generally just lifted your mood.
And if you haven’t got anything to write for that day, go out and do something.
Throughout the month of December we’ll be doing a series on Twitter naming at least one thing a day that one of our team has done that makes them happy. Follow us on @APLHealthLtd or search for the hashtag #happythings
To show that these things needn’t cost you anything here are a few free suggestions of simple activities that (might) make you happy:
- Walking the dogs
- Reading a chapter of your book
- Going for a run, walk or cycle
- Cooking an unusual dinner
- Having a bath
- Play some sport
- Read your child a bedtime story
- Phone a friend or relative and have a chat
- Put on some music
- High five a colleague
- Find a colleague who’s good at their job, and tell them you think they’re doing a good job
- Go and explore somewhere you’ve not seen before
- Give your partner a hug