100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

Life’s not always easy.

Sometimes our families bicker, our days are long, our nights feel lonely, and our minds simply can’t rest. It’s in these moments we must realize that happiness truly is the smallest things in life. So small that we often miss them, in this fast and chaotic world that we live in.

And so, I created a list of things to do, thoughts to think, and actions to take, to hopefully help myself (and whoever scrolls through this post) to live life a little happier.

What’s something that makes you happy?
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  1. Do cardio for at least 15 minutes a day
  2. Wear a BIG, oversize sweater
  3. Start the successful blog you’ve always wanted to
  4. Remind yourself that things get better
  5. TAKE IT EASY ON THE BOOZE
  6. Avoid negative people
  7. Get a planner to use instead of your phone calendar
  8. Listen to your favorite songs in acoustic versions
  9. Clean your Email inbox
  10. Delete anyone from Facebook that gives you bad vibes
  11. Give yourself an honest compliment in the mirror
  12. Watch your favorite TV show from the 90’s
  13. Try a deep breathing exercise
  14. Rest your legs up against the wall for a few minutes
  15. Spend an entire Saturday lost in a game of ‘SIMS’
  16. Sign up for a ‘Survey’ website to start making side cash
  17. Take a ‘mental health’ day
  18. Make a BIG mug of your favorite tea
  19. Set new goals that you can aspire to
  20. Relax in a hot tub, steam room, or [dry] sauna
  21. Spend time absorbing natural sunlight
  22. Overcome your resistance to try online dating
  23. Learn how to celebrate other peoples’ successes
  24. DRINK MORE WATER
  25. Start picking out your outfit the night before
  26. Listen to an uplifting podcast
  27. Eat a slice of cake – guilt free
  28. QUESTION EVERYTHING
  29. Start using coupons & saving money
  30. Train, prepare, and run in a marathon
  31. DON’T OVERTHINK
  32. Have a meaningful conversation with someone
  33. Buy an ‘adult’ coloring book and brand new pencil crayons
  34. Find a way to forgive yourself
  35. Light a good smelling candle
  36. Find a loved one, stranger, or therapist, to vent to
  37. ^ if there is no one, FIND a way to vent
  38. Have an opinion about things going on in the world
  39. Drive to a country road and spend your night stargazing
  40. Write a new blog post
  41. Learn more about the political party you stand behind
  42. Drive to a new town and spend the day exploring
  43. Support an artist you love on Etsy by making a purchase
  44. Write a letter to someone and don’t send it
  45. Make a move (or initiate) to talk to the person you like
  46. Drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning
  47. Flip through an uplifting book, like The Book of Awesome
  48. Always ask questions; no matter how stupid they may seem
  49. Learn how to make a beautiful, unique cheese platter
  50. Buy a lottery ticket and test your luck! *fingers crossed*
  51. Go to a discount store or SALE rack and find a good bargain
  52. Focus on one day at a time
  53. PICK YOUR BATTLES
  54. Create your dream home on Pinterest
  55. Spend time with people who make you happy
  56. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it
  57. Read a book that challenges the way you think
  58. Start waking up a 1/2 hour earlier
  59. DON’T FILL UP ON BREAD
  60. Add a “feel good playlist” to your phone or iPod
  61. Commit to your personal growth
  62. Don’t lose your cool – especially at work
  63. Write a poem about your feelings
  64. Refresh your phone with a new case and background
  65. GO GREEN!
  66. Find a way to voice your opinion on a topic you feel strongly about
  67. Find a local bakery and get a freshly baked baguette
  68. If you’ve made your point – stop talking
  69. Listen to a sad song a cry freely, when needed
  70. Buy a Polaroid camera and capture life from a different perspective
  71. Throw out every tangible item that makes you unhappy
  72. Treat everyone how you want to be treated
  73. TAKE CHANCES
  74. Turn your artwork into products, and products into money, on Redbubble
  75. Start to give sincere compliments to others
  76. Splurge on a high-quality facial cream
  77. Clean your apartment and THROW THINGS OUT!
  78. Listen to an old song that you haven’t heard in years
  79. Find a fun and creative way to organize and budget your money
  80. Create a new cocktail with the ingredients you have at home
  81. Make a physical scrapbook of your favorite memories
  82. Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  83. Turn off your alarm and SLEEP IN!
  84. Learn about another culture
  85. Reconnect with someone who you’ve lost touch with
  86. Become a volunteer at an animal shelter
  87. Return all of the things you’ve borrowed over the years
  88. Start to address your emotions instead of ignoring them
  89. Handmake the next Birthday card you need
  90. Write a letter to your future self
  91. Lay in bed amongst freshly washed sheets
  92. Get a plant for your apartment
  93. See how long you can go without complaining
  94. Learn how to revamp your most unattractive piece of furniture
  95. Watch inspirational TED talks on YouTube
  96. Blow bubbles from your apartment balcony
  97. Learn how to be okay with being alone
  98. Create a ‘meditation’ or quiet spot in your house
  99. AGREE TO DISAGREE
  100. Make your own list of things that make you happy!
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Understanding Life • Words Will Haunt Forever

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“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will haunt forever.”

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you.

Physically.

Words can’t be stitched up by the doctor. Leaving a faint scar in 3 to 6 weeks.

Words can’t be removed with the relief of tweezers, the cold tingle of numbing cream or a cherry lollipop and Flintstones band-aid. Words can’t be healed with a soft kiss from a loved one. They can’t earn you a day at home. The chance to rest your sore, tender head on a mountain of pillows.

Words are a violent slap that leaves pain long after the swelling go down. They create a label. An enemy. A definition. A restriction of who you are.

Words are powerful.

Even if you don’t believe them, even if they depict an old you, the words that hurt you once before, are there. And they’re holding on.

So, while sticks and stones may break your bones – words will haunt forever.


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Understanding Life • Perfection Is Imperfection

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“What society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.”

For our entire lives, we’ve been taught to seek perfection.

We’ve been taught to seek a flawless, effortless, and unbroken life.

But what is perfection?

Perfection is when you see crooked teeth beyond the gap of their smile. It’s the scar on your arm from the time you fell out of a tree at age 8. It’s the way you hold your fork the wrong way, the song you only listen to when alone, and the foolish phobia you’ve hidden for so long.

It’s the way your mom’s voice echoes through the house around dinner, and your family bickers on Christmas morning. It’s when someone stutters amongst excitement, and the times you fall asleep, mid-sentence on the phone.

It’s the way you snore in your sleep as you dream of perfection, but what society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.


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Love & Lust • The Same Broken Pieces

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“Loving you is the intimidating unknown.”

How do you ask the person that steals your heart to fall in love with your imperfections, before they dare fall in love with you? Loving you is the intimidating unknown and unlike your friends and family, this person may walk away.

They have the right to be scared.

Uncertain of a relationship with you and your insecurities.

Uncertain of giving their heart to a soul consumed by fear. Maybe you’ve been numbed to the possibility of love and maybe they’re right.

But, maybe one day you’ll meet someone with the same broken pieces. A glimpse of terror in their eyes will catch yours. You’ll have an awkward first, second, third date.

Tempting each other to open up. One day you will and your problems won’t feel like problems. Together you can replace what you’ve lost along the way.

You can sigh in relief knowing you’re understood.

You’re loved for who you are. And maybe that won’t be so hard – because maybe a lot more people have terror in their eyes than we let ourselves believe.


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Understanding Life • Some People Are Simply Motivation

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“No one knows who dreamed up right from wrong – but the second you believe what they’re talking about is the second you lose what you’re all about.”

Some people are simply motivation.

Your enemy should make you want to be better.

Your ex should make you want to do better; because sometimes in life, you need someone to push you on stage despite stage fright. Someone to chase you in threat so you’ll run. Someone to taint your once confidence so you’re driven to get it back.

No one knows why society made standards that could make or break a person.

No one knows who dreamed up right from wrong – but the second you believe what they’re talking about is the second you lose what you’re all about.

It will take time, but one night you will make yourself so proud that in the dark of your room you’ll smile. In the corner of your eye, you’ll tear. And in the silence of the night, you’ll breathe. For once, you won’t need an applause. You won’t need an approval.

You won’t need anything, but for what you could give yourself.

So – don’t say someone never gave you anything, because for better or for worse, they gave you a reason. As long as you come out stronger, you can’t wish for anything better. Don’t feel sorry for yourself in hopes that someone else will too.


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