How happy are you right now? Most women are aware of what makes their friends, partners or children happy but when it comes to themselves and the awareness of what makes them really smile, they often donâ??t know.
Simple pleasures often get overlooked
It is difficult to experience moments of happiness if we are not actually aware of what we love.
Are you one of those people who thinks that happiness is a state of mind or that you will feel happier once you land your dream job or win the lottery and so are waiting to feel happier?
Well then you may be interested to know that recent research has shown that winning the lottery is unlikely to make you happier in the long term. A study of over two thousand people found that while significant positive events have little lasting effect on happiness, small, frequent boosts to wellbeing have the power to increase your baseline happiness levels.
Small, frequent boosts to wellbeing have the power to increase your happiness level
This is comforting to know in a world where we are often left feeling uncertain of how to capture just one peaceful moment where everything comes together and we feel true happiness. Most people aim to be happy, to feel or show pleasure, contentment, or joy.
The idea that we can take steps, even small steps every day towards happiness is truly empowering and surely a good place to start.
So if this is the case, that we can take steps towards our own baseline happiness, lets look at ways to do this:
Granted, different people find pleasure doing different things but here are a few guidelines that I have found work for me, and they are easy enough to implement in everyday situations.p>Learn to recognise what your personal pleasures are, then embrace these moments of happiness that are uniquely your own:
Watching a sunset or walking barefoot on grass
Listening to good music in the car
Big fluffy clouds
Cooking and eating a good home-cooked meal
Taking a long, relaxing bath
A good novel, popcorn and an old movie on DVD
The smell of fresh-cut grass
Walking on the beach
Hugs and kisses
Tea and biscuits
A long conversation with a good friend
Waking to a clean house
Singing in the shower, loudly
Helping someone in need
Making someone smile
Lying back and watching the stars
Getting a massage
The smell of a new book
An empty email inbox
The feel of the sun on your cheeks
â??This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.â? – Susan Polis Schutz