3 easy ways to increase your happiness right now
Who / December 28 2016
Boost your feel-good factor with these quick fixes
As the new year draws closer, it’s time to take a step back from the hectic year that’s just been and look forward to how you can make the next year even better than the last. First stop: happiness. Follow these three simple steps to being a happier you in 2017.
Be here now
Zap anxiety and soothe a racing mind with a daily meditation. Set your alarm for 10-20 minutes and sit quietly; imagine your mind is a lake and each thought is a ripple in the water. Aim to simply let the ripple slow down. Boom, you are meditating! It really is that easy.
Decluttering encourages mental clarity, says Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. “The inside of a house or apartment has so much in common with a Shinto shrine, a place where there are no unnecessary things, our thoughts become clear.” If an item doesn’t spark joy, let it go.
Tap into activities that allow you to be in the moment – what psychologists dub “flow”. Flow is the state when you are completely absorbed in a task, content and energised. Haven’t felt that in a while? Sign up for online art classes such as Hello Let’s Paint. Talented artist Erin Whitty has created easy-to-follow tutorials to do at home.