Happy Planning by Julie Furlong
Yikes, here comes that question again - how happy am I? How can I become happier? What is happiness? Nobody is always going to be in a state of happiness, but it’s definitely possible to do some ‘happy planning’ every now and then. When I think of what makes me happy, I think about being satisfied with what I have and what I’ve achieved. I think about my friends, family, partner and celebrating their successes as well as my own, I think about how satisfying it is to be financially independent and being able to pay my own bills, I think...well I think a lot of things really.
So, that being the case, in my view happiness has everything to do with working on three main areas in life: relationships, vitality and productivity – this ideal combination helps build the solid core you need to maintain your path towards personal happiness.
- Staying connected to those you love and value
- Ending each day on a positive with your children, partner or friends (read: Best Friends)
- Being generous and a good listener, respecting what people are saying to you (read: Generosity)
- Forming positive friendships that make you feel happy and good about yourself
- Spending as much time around people who are motivating, inspiring and enthusiastic, that have an optimistic view and value you for being you
When you approach life positively and make the most of it, there’s a good chance you’ll attract people who will contribute to making you happy. Make an effort to remove anyone around you who does not make you feel good – you have that choice. It’s better to be alone than with people who bring you down, this frees up your time to form new relationships. Remember, being alone doesn’t mean being lonely.
- Ensure there’s always time in your life to relax, sleep, listen to music, read, write, or spend time doing that hobby that makes you happy
- Spend time getting active – do your favourite fitness activity 3 or 4 times a week
- Meditate; rest your mind in any way you can
- Nourish your brain and body with wholesome, unprocessed meals
When you master things you love doing, you learn more about yourself, developing a greater focus and reason. Think about other things you can include in your life to improve your vitality.
- Start your day by setting reasonable goals and tasks to complete, with a to-do list
- Know the plan for your day before it arrives
- Focus on the things that bring both meaning and pleasure to your life (read: Simple Things)
- Avoid trying to do everything at once, as this usually means you won’t have time to do anything very well (read: The Power of Saying ‘No’)