How To: Wake Up Smiling Every Day

1.Don’t take things for granted.

Be amazed by nature, the universe, our very existence. Appreciate how fortunate you are to have even the very basics: food, water, shelter, education and health. Looking at the bigger picture can really put things into perspective and make your everyday, work related worries seem relatively insignificant.                                                        

2.Try to find the positive in every situation.

Sometimes we let one negative event mask a whole load of positive ones. Focussing more on the positives can give you a much healthier and happier outlook on life.

3.Surround yourself with positive people.

Happiness is contagious, and so is negativity. The mood of those around you has a greater impact on your own mood than you might think.

4.Don’t take life too seriously.

Humour and happiness go hand in hand.

Even in the most stressful of situations, try not to let yourself drown in worry. Although we all do it, worrying over things that are out of our control achieves nothing- except it consumes a whole load of our time and energy.

5.Spend time with those you love.

Even if this is just an hour spent chatting to your family on Skype. Time is the most precious thing in the world, and spending it with those that you love, and love you, can be really uplifting and give you a much needed boost on those tiresomely stressful days.

6.Be generous.

Making others happy is one of the best ways to unlock your own happiness. Go out of your way to help someone, make them feel good about themselves or just make a small positive impact on the world and this can feel incredibly rewarding.

7.Learn to love yourself

Accept that nobody is perfect. Making mistakes is part of life. It’s how we learn.Learn to love yourself as you are and stop striving for perfection. Reflect on all of your good qualities and achievements. You are a reason to smile.

8.Have a passion.

Find something that you are passionate about and make time for it. This could be anything from playing netball to exercising your culinary expertise in the kitchen. Whatever it is, time spent doing something, simply because you enjoy and are passionate about it, is essential to a healthy work-life balance.

9.Grab hold of every opportunity.

Don’t have any regrets. Try something new as often as you can, meet new people, get outside and make unforgettable memories.

10.Be motivated by happiness.

Don’t allow money, or other people to cloud your decisions. Money certainly doesn’t guarantee happiness. Make choices that you believe in, that YOU want to do and that will make you wake up smiling.