Life is short. Too much time is spent worrying about silly things that don’t matter rather than embracing every single moment we have in this life to celebrate it. Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about how to remain in the present and not be consumed by the stresses of everyday life. There is actually no reason to let being stuck in morning peak traffic impact your mood as often as it does because so much else happens in a day that should have you smiling from ear to ear. It only takes a little observation and consciousness of your thoughts to shift from the negative and into the positive. This is why you should do more of what you love. By doing more of what you love, you will find yourself becoming happier and the happier you are the less stressed you will feel. You will laugh more freely. You will feel less concerned by what other people think. By being happier yourself, you will be able to develop deeper relationships with others, whether your other half, friends or family.
When we started the year, fresh and full of the zest of life, I decided that I would make a conscious effort to do more of what I loved for exactly that reason. I also came to discover Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday’s podcast featuring Gretchen Rubin, the author of “The Happiness Project”. This inspired me to build my own “happiness project” in order to lead a fuller life. So far it has been working wonders. I’ve chosen to spend more time being creative. I’ve started bullet journaling as a personal creative outlet that doubles so efficiently as an organiser and I’m absolutely loving it! I’ve also chosen to allow more time in my schedule to read more which is something I’ve always loved to do but, due to not having made a conscious effort to dedicate some time in my schedule to do so, I have not been able to enjoy it the way I would have wanted to. Now I read almost every night before I go to sleep and I’m always looking for recommendations for my next read so that I can put my nose straight into another book. I love to be fit and active, however, again I haven’t prioritised time in my schedule to get to the gym or take a walk so I’ve neglected to do so. I’ve made a conscious effort to change this and all of a sudden I found that I have the time to go to the gym 5 days a week which is something that I’ve never done before. I feel so much stronger, but, even better than that, I feel so much happier for it! I love using the time first thing in the morning to clear my head, realign my thoughts and then blast my favourite music. It gets me on such a fantastic frequency and sets the tone for the rest of my day.
These simple steps of implementing more of what I love into my life have made such a remarkable difference in my life that I cannot understand why I didn’t prioritise them a long time ago. I feel happier, healthier and so much more inspired since I have made time to do more of what I love so for that reason alone, I encourage you to do the same. Set aside some time to analyse what makes you happy and how you could increase the amount of time you allocate to those tasks, whether it means waking up an hour earlier or using your lunch break more productively. The next step is to dive right in. Make it your happiness project and enjoy every moment. That happiness will overflow into other areas of your life like rays of sunshine and it will enfold you in its golden warmth. Who wouldn’t want that kind of knock-on effect in their lives?
Let me know what it is that you’d like to do more of in the comment section below. I’d love to hear them!