Can you believe we are more than half way through January!?! With 2017 just beginning I think it is so important to focus on being happy. We have one life to live, why waste it being unhappy and miserable? I tell Thomas all the time how I am in awe of our life and our family. I feel happy at else once a day, every day. Now I’m not happy and cheery all day every day, but I feel happy for moments throughout the day. Come on, it would be totally fake if I was happy every single moment I was awake. Now with that said, I consider myself a happy person. I attribute my happiness to many things, but the biggest thing is that I choose to be happy. Below are five things I do almost every day to ensure I experience some form of happiness.
1. Surround yourself with people you love.
For me, this is my boys, all three of them. I swear I can be having the worst day and the moment I see Thomas or our boys I feel relief and happiness. These three people honestly bring me so much joy, so I try to make as much time for them as possible. It is important to surround yourself with people that lift you up and make your life better. Outside of my McMinn tribe I do have a group of individuals who make me happy, who love me unconditional. One thing to keep in mind is to love people back. Give love back to those people that give you love. I am grateful to have my tribe of people who care about me and love me unconditionally.
2. Let go of the people who don’t love you back.
This is so much easier said than done. Sometimes these people can be family and that makes removing yourself more difficult. It is ok to distance yourself from toxic people. Surrounding yourself with people who are always negative can bring your happiness level down. Let them stay in their miserable bubble of sadness and anger. You leave and focus on the positive, which brings me to number three.
3. Always look on the bright side.
This is a learned behavior. You have to train your brain to look at the positive in every situation. When you find yourself thinking something negative, stop and think about how that thing or situation could be positive. This is very difficult to do in the beginning, but if you keep programming your mind to find the positive it will get easier and before you know it you are seeing your glass half full.
4. Take time every day to do something that you love.
This one is hard for me. Being a new mom, a working lady, and a hopefully kick ass wife; it is difficult for me to take time away from my family. I feel guilty, which I know I shouldn’t. If I take some time to do something that I love doing and that brings me joy, then I’ll be a better mom, employee and wife.
5. Be grateful.
Here is a 30-day challenge for you! For an entire month, write down one thing each day that you are grateful for. It could be your coffee, your kids, your bed, whatever. For me when I can feel grateful for something; whether it be big or small, I feel happier. Being grateful helps keep things into perspective for me. In this digital world, it is so easy to find yourself comparing your life to others. Having that comparison on a daily basis makes me feel down, I’ve noticed that the days I don’t compare and I am grateful for all that I do have are the days I am happiest.
I am very excited about 2017. I have a lot to look forward and some goals to work towards. I have a family that gives me more love and happiness than I ever thought possible. I hope you have a wonderful year and that 2017 brings you enormous amounts of happiness.