3 easy ways to increase your happiness right now

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.

1

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.

2

Declutter

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.

3

Unleash creativity

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.

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