How to be happy

Happiness – how to be happy

Kids in sunglasses - Happiness. How to be happyOur new theme looks at ways to be happy. I was going to call it ‘Stress Management’ or something similar, but something about the term assumes that stress is obligatory.

The mere mention of it makes me feel more tense!

So I’d prefer to come at the subject from the opposite angle!

Instead I wanted to focus on how to be happy!

Particularly as I heard the other day that an average 6 year old laughs 300 times a day, whereas an adult laughs on average only 15-50 times a day!

It seems we have plenty to learn about taking life less seriously.

So let’s abandon the business-speak for now and have a lighter look at making our days more enjoyable.

I have a tendency to get my head down and keep on grimly working when things are just not flowing and it all feels like very hard work.

So recently I have deliberately gone against the grain and done something I enjoy instead, like surfing or going for a walk.

About 90% of the time, I have come back to find a message with some good news or, while I was out and about, taken a call on my mobile offering me work.

After that, I can resume what seemed so difficult in a totally different frame of mind.

Each time I have said ‘I should go out more!’ but it is still difficult to break the habit of what I feel I ‘should’ be doing.

Do let me know if you have had any similar experiences you would like to share. If you can let me know your stories about how to be happy everyone who reads this will benefit.

It also means I can continue my re-education into making life more enjoyable!

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  1. Liam says:

    I think everyone finds it difficult Andy to really pursue our passions when the challenges of everyday life get in the the way. Recently though I came across a book, called the Wisdom of Groundhog Day I think, where the author describes how our we can stuck in our very own Groundhog Day. We make the same instinctive decisions and get stuck in habitual behaviours that make us unhappy. What I found was vital was to realise the power we have to change things, as you said, so I have tried to focus on activities that are more aligned with my values and what makes me happier. I don’t think I will be able to change over night though, too much work to do!

    • Andy Britnell says:

      Many thanks for your great comment Liam. You’re right. We do get stuck in a groove and sometimes it turns into a rut we can’t get out of easily. It’s important to be tolerant with ourselves. It’s not going to happen overnight and it’s good to remember that most people overestimate what they can do in a week and underestimate what they can achieve in 6 months!

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