On my 31st birthday, I received the book called Better Than Chocolate: 50
Proven Ways to Feel Happier written by Siimon Reynolds. It has 50 simple ways to improve your life and feel better about yourself. Too often we make the mistake of giving others the responsibility for making us happy. Why? Because we are too afraid to take charge of our own life.
Responsibility is a two way street, we are responsible of our actions and its consequences - the good ones AND the not-so-good ones too. We don’t want to deal with consequences, which are often a synonym of “problems”…let’s remember that all good that comes from our actions are consequences as well, we just enjoy them and forget that they came to our life as an outcome of our thoughts, emotions and actions. I share here with you a simple exercise from Better Than Chocolate: 50 Proven Ways to Feel Happier that has helped me remember those things that I enjoyed and forgot about, while I was busy with all the things that need to be done. I invite you to try it out and see the results for yourself!
Make a happiness list
When first heard of this technique I was struck by its simplicity. High-performance expert Fred Grosse recommends his students write a list of all the activities they love doing. It could be anything from walking on a beach at sunset to having a long soak in the bath.
Make such a list for yourself. Then, at the beginning of each week, schedule at least one of these activities in your diary every day. Allocate a specific time for it to ensure you’ll make it happen. With this simple system, your life soon becomes filled with many more enjoyable, happy moments. Just as important, this technique forces you to be more conscious of your happiness and make it a top priority.