I saw on pinterest a link to an article called “10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home” and I loved the article enough to want to share it on our blog for all of my readers to read! I don’t know about you guys, but I can totally use some more happiness in my life, especially my life at home. These suggestions are indeed simple, and imply to everyone. I feel like if I adopted more of these they could make a big impact. The ten things, simplified (I recommend reading the whole article) are:
1.) Make your bed.
2.) Bring every room back to “ready.”
3.) Display sentimental items around your home.
4.) Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal.
5.) If you can’t get out of it, get into it. (Meaning: find joy in the household chores)
6.) Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day.
7.) Do small favors for your housemates, expecting nothing in return (not even a thank you!)
8.) Call at least one family member or friend a day (yes, CALL).
9.) Spend money on things that cultivate experiences in the home.
10.) Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself (i.e. spirituality)
I find that #3 is a challenge with toddlers, but every other one could be something I could do easily. I’ve always heard great things about people who keep gratitude journals. I journal, but sometimes it feels like I do more venting and recording of life than things I am grateful for. I’ve also known people who keep a daily journal recording how they see the hand of God in their life. That also sounds like a great suggestion!
Calling people on the phone should be higher on my priority list because it really does boost my mood. As much as I am sometimes on Facebook, talking on the phone is SO nice. I received two phone calls yesterday, one from an old college roommate and one from my sister, and my mood definitely was improved for the rest of the day.
I know how important making goals for each day/week is, and that doing so 9when I’m on the ball with such things) helps me feel productive and thereby happy. Though her #6 is less about “to-do’s” and more about intents, like smiling at strangers, or saying thank-you more. I like that. I think if I was more intentional with how I treated my children or my husband, I may find they and I are happier.
What is your favorite thing on this list? Do you like her suggestions? Let me know if you do any of them!
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