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We are responsible for our own happiness and joy. It’s also true that the little everyday things in life are what bring us the greatest joy.
Promotions, marriage, buying a house, the birth of your children…these are all incredible things. But they are also rare things that we can’t experience all the time. When we pin all our happiness to monumental moments, we can get into trouble. We can find ourselves always waiting for happiness.
Happiness shouldn’t be some far off goal. It should be a daily reality. Which is why I created this exercise. I have called it Joyriding. It is going to ensure that you feel happiness and joy every day. And it only takes about 10 minutes. So grab a pen, sit down and get ready to get stuck in!
Start by writing down 10 small things that make you happy. Focus on little events or activities that are UNIQUE to you. Holidays and birthdays are generic. So they don’t make the list. This is a list of happiness-inducing activities that occupy a special little place in your soul. That are part of what make you who you are. To give you an idea of what I mean I’ll share a few things from my Joyride list:
– A hot cup of tea in the morning and toast with an obscene amount of salted butter.
– Reading cookbooks and cooking with beautiful produce. Anything that involves cooking! Including dancing in the kitchen with my daughter while cooking.
– Devouring non-fiction books.
– Huge walks with my husband on a quiet weekend where we talk about our lives.
Now you have all your things on the list, I want you to think about how many of these you ACTUALLY do on a regular basis. Each day? Each week? Each month?
You might be surprised by the fact that these simple yet awesome little activities which bring you so much happiness, are also things you’re hardly doing at all.
If this is the case make your goal for the next week to do at least one Joyride every day. It sounds easy, right? But it can be a challenge. But it is so worth it as they are simple keys to unlocking more joy and happiness in your life. So put the list up on your fridge, beside your bed or on your desk at work as a reminder to keep your Joyrides up after the week is over.
Already ticking off some of your Joyrides daily? Awesome. Over the next week be even more ambitious with them. Try to do as many as you can each day and watch your happiness increase accordingly.
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