Small Moments of Daily Happiness

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

Do Something Extraordinary.

24. Take Small Steps

Start taking small steps towards your goals. It will feel uncomfortable at first, and then amazing as you celebrate your victory.

Life is not easy. You can’t wake up and suddenly see your dreams realized. You have to work at it.

Did you make a list of objectives to reach your goal? Are you striving to conquer those objectives? Check yourself.

Also know that you can shatter your records. Don’t be afraid to go farther than your goal. If you set your goal too low and it was too easy to achieve, blow it out of the water! Set a new goal, just above your new record.

Set a timer, set an amount, set a date, and go for it! Put a chart on your wall, give yourself a check mark, put an X on your calendar, or write your next objective on a dry erase board on the fridge.

Make an inspiration wall of quotes and pictures. Hang your outfit up that you are trying to fit into. Post a picture of the loved one you are going to travel to see when you save up enough. Whatever your goal, put it front and center and keep striving towards it.

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

Today’s topic is Perfection.

22. Nothing is Perfect

Accept that things will never be perfect. If they are, the moment won’t last forever. A perfect wedding cake is eaten, a Kodak moment ends, and a perfect sunset turns into night.

Relish the moments, for sure. Time doesn’t stop, however. Photos or journals can keep the memory alive, but children grow, people move on, and the weather changes.

Don’t try to make others conform to your ideals.

People are imperfect. They will always fall short of the mark. They might come close, but there is always room for improvement. Work on yourself, becoming who you want to be, becoming a happier you on the inside, instead of trying to change someone else.

Learn to love and value others as they are. Cheer them on, inspire them, but accept them and their faults. Learn to love and value yourself and your faults, too.

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

Today’s topic is Small Moments.

22. Count the Small Blessings, too.

Instead of waiting for big moments, vacations, winning the lottery, getting married, enjoy the small daily moments. Homemade meals, sharing something with a friend, your favorite song on the radio, or waking up to a beautiful sunrise are all possibilities.

There are far more small moments in life than big ones. Life is made up of small steps, small moments, and chance encounters that you might miss if you don’t make an effort to look for them and appreciate them.

We take all kinds of things for granted: holding hands with our partner if we are married, nightly hugs and kisses from our children, a fully functional vehicle.

Someone out there wants the life you have. It is better than what they have. They are striving to achieve what you already have and you might not even appreciate that. Be thankful, be aware, and enjoy your small blessings.

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

Let’s talk about Stress Relief.

21. Take Little Breaks

Sometimes we keep pushing ourselves to do the same things over and over. It’s called work. 🙂 Think about your job, do you do the same things every day, every hour, or every week? Standard for employees is to have a little break every couple of hours.

Are you giving yourself a break?

Firstly, at work, there are ways to find small things to make it go smoother, have more fun, or make the day brighter. Some people decorate their desks. Some people make up a game. Others challenge themselves to do one more. Maybe there is something to watch out the windows every so often.

Secondly, within yourself, look for opportunities to relax. You could write down your list of concerns so you can free your mind to think of other things. Sometimes when sitting for too long, you need to get up and stretch your legs. When you are stuck on a problem, walk away from it for a little while, so something else, then come back to it. You might see things from a new perspective.

If you keep doing the same things, you’ll keep getting the same results. Give yourself permission to pause and regroup. Even judges grant the court a brief recess to think things through.

Get Happy: Day Twenty

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

20. Do What You Know Is Right

Listen to your heart, your inner voice. You know what is right and what is wrong. You know how to be true to yourself.

It’s fine to share your concerns with others. Good friends will prompt you to do right thing, if you need a push. Others may try to dissuade you, though. Do what you think is best for you.

We’ve already addressed failure and to not be afraid. Failure is just a chance to learn. What would happen if you did this right thing and still failed? At least you tried.

Don’t waste time explaining yourself and your actions, either. The only justification you need is that you felt it was right. If it was right, good things will happen. If it was wrong, you have learned a valuable lesson.

Your inner voice is rooted in your soul. May it be honest and good and true.

Get Happy: Day Nineteen

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

A good way to be happy is to Help Others.

19. Care About Others

The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. The Golden Rule rears its head again!

You can volunteer, or join an effort group, or just take in the mail to an elderly neighbor. Start somewhere with someone who could use a hand. Hold doors, pick up trash, put your shopping cart back. Donate your unused items, take newspapers or food to the humane shelter for the animals, or recycle.

If people start noticing and give you flack, smile and say “It’s just how I do things.” It probably makes them uncomfortable and a little guilty for not being kind as well. Maybe they will be kinder when they step out of the elevator, go to the store, or take their lunch break. Don’t stop doing it just because someone looks at you in disgust. They have the problem, not you.

Pay it forward. Just do things for others. But don’t be obtrusive. You are living your life, to please yourself, not to win anyone’s favor. Being kind is a way to make your heart feel light.

Get Happy: Day Eighteen

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

Forgiveness is the theme for today.

18. Let Go And Move On

Sometimes we torture ourselves by reliving a pain over and over. We just hang onto the memories, the feelings, for far too long. The only person we are hurting is ourselves. Apologize, ask for forgiveness, admit your mistake, and move on. If the other party wants to hold a grudge, they need to read this post!

Learn from your mistakes, be a better person, and get stronger. Move on to the next task.

Forgiveness is not saying “I’m okay with this”, it is saying, “I’m not going to let you have power over me.” Forgiveness is not letting others ruin your happiness.

If you are standing in your own way, forgive yourself! You have the power to change or to keep yourself from moving forward. Cry it out, give yourself a hug, and get up, dress up, and show up. This is your life.