How to Be Happy — Part 2

13 Jul

Blog Post #94

We all know that happiness is good for us — studies have shown that the happier we are the better our health and the longer we live.

While we all have varying propensities for happiness, the good news is that scientists now believe that we can learn to be happy, kind and compassionate, through our actions and intent.

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Here are four more actions that we can practice to help us experience more happiness

Do Good

We feel all warm and fuzzy when we perform acts of kindness. Charitable behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and boosts our feelings of happiness as wells as the people around us.

Finish One Task a Day

It feels great to accomplish a goal — and sometimes small jobs get left behind during our busy days. Make a commitment with yourself to finish on thing a day. You will feel happy and have a sense of accomplisihment when you can strike something off your To-Do list.fg

Get Moving

Moving your body every day — whether it’s a bike ride around the park or a yoga session at the studio — it doesn’t matter how you exercise your body, it only matter that you MOVE your body. Excercising releases endorphins making you feel happy!

Surround yourself with happy people

Misery loves company, as they say, so it makes sense to spend your time with people who make you happy. Networking with people who are optimistic and upbeat will boost your happiness too! And your good mood and happy demeanor will boost theirs.

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30-Day Minimalism Game — Day Twelve & Thirteen

I didn’t record my items for Day 12 of the game yesterday, so I am adding them here along with the things from Day 13. It’s beginning to be a little more difficult — and yes, I am still working at it in my kitchen!!

30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Day 3 – Two decorative bowls + one glass jar (donated)
Day 4 – Four serving plates (donated)
Day 5 – One plastic cake carrier/w lid + one plastic dip & veggie dish/w lid + one footed glass bowl + one small serving bowl + one light fixture (donated)
Day 6 – One large glass salad bowl + one green, rectangular fruit bowl + two baskets + one soup tureen + one angelfood cake pan (donated)
Day 7 – Two baskets + two planters + one ceramic jug + one jar with/hinged lid + one wooden bowl (donated)
Day 8 – One wine decanter + one glass jar w/hinged lid + two terracotta flower pots + one vase + two glass containers + one small wicker basket (donated)
Day 9 – Two glass bottles + Two tea tins + one fish platter + one large oval platter + one glass jar + one tiny white bowl (donated)
Day 10 – Three tin cans + one large glass jar (no lid) (recycled) + one martini glass + one glass hanging terrarium+ one glass bell jar lid + one box of flood lights + one outdoor motion sensor (all donated) + one old bottle of glue (trashed)
Day 11 – Five mugs + two ceramic canisters (with lids) + one vinegar cruet + one milk frother + one small basket (all donated)
Day 12 – Four small soup bowls + one espresso coffee measure + five wine glasses + two mugs (donated)
Day 13 – two glass jars (recycled) + one small glass pitcher + one travel mug + three mugs + one plastic tumbler + one single-cup coffee press +four wine glasses

Total: Ninety-one items

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2 Responses to “How to Be Happy — Part 2”

  1. donnam July 14, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    What I am liking best about the minimalist challenge is continuing it every day. It’s easy to find 14 things to do without instead of taking all the items out of your closet and examining and questioning each ones value. Love this game! I am on a roll.

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  2. cgjohnston July 14, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Yes, I agree with you — it is so easy to find things, but now I am worried that I will have to continue the game for another month — I am serious that I may have all the items for this month in my kitchen!!

    I’m happy that you joined in this game and you really are on a roll! Happy minimizing!! 🙂

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