Secrets to happiness and daily joy

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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.

Want more tools to help increase your happiness and mental clarity? Get a copy of Jacqui’s new e-book 7 Day Mind Cleanse at

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.