Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Let’s get something clear, DreamChasers. Happiness is one of the most misunderstood emotions in our lives. And, because it is so misunderstood, the full potential of happiness is underutilized. I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of this, and I didn’t even realize it until I started being more intentional in my day-to-day life.
Here’s the mistake I was making. Waiting for happiness to happen in my life instead of bringing the happiness intentionally into my life. It’s a slight difference but huge. Most of the time, we wait for happiness to happen to us with special events like birthdays or anniversaries or plans like vacations or getting together with friends. Those are happy things, don’t get me wrong, but they are a small fraction of our lives. You, and I, deserve to be happy every day, not just when happiness stumbles into our day-to-day.
Here’s the game changing shift that is so simple to make. Decide to bring more happiness into your life. This requires only 2 ingredients...intentionality and mindfulness. Look at your everyday life. I am willing to bet you can find habits or behaviors you do routinely, things you infused into your daily routine because you enjoy them. They make you happy! But, you are mindlessly doing them, so it doesn’t boost your happy factor.
Since an example often helps, here are my 7 simple daily actions that boost my happiness factor:
That was nothing earth shattering, right? That’s the point. These are habits and actions I do in my life of things I enjoy. They totally boost my happy factor with a little intentional mindfulness that I do these things because they make me happy. That is all I did differently! Instead of mindlessly sipping that coffee, I take a quick second to savor that first sip and, BAM! Happiness booster ignited!
Now, it’s your turn, DreamChaser! I guarantee you are already doing things every day that are potential happiness boosters. Take a few moments to make your own happy life booster list. Once you have this list, all you have to do is bring on the intentional and mindfulness! Starting tomorrow, because I trust you will not want to wait to up the happy factor, keep that list at hand. When you are about to perform one of the items on your happy life booster list, pause. Take a few seconds to become mindful of the action you are about to perform. Remind yourself how happy you feel when you get to (fill in the blank...drink coffee, go for a walk, read a book, take a shower). Then, enjoy the boost!
Here’s to being more happy every day! Shine on!
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.