Hello, hello! :) Most of the time, I’m a rather positive and really happy person and I have recently been wondering about all the things that make me stay so happy. Of course, the main thing are my favorite people, my mother, Flo, my close friends, my family and the things I do, how I spent my everyday life. But there’s even more, things that make me happy that do not all happen automatically. Those are thing I do for a reason, I do them because they make me happy and help me to stay as positive as I am and today I want to share them with you. :)
Color your life
Colors make me happy, so I surround myself with pretty pops of color everywhere I go! Life often is way too grey, so I’m happy when I wear a colorful outfit or look at all the lovely things at home.
Making lists helps me to focus on what I want to achieve and after I completed something on my list, I sometimes reward myself. Moreover, setting goals helps keeping an overview over priorities.
As I already said, after finishing a (boring / exhausting / complicated) goal that was on my list, I tend to reward myself. This is how I keep motivated, even on days when annoying tasks have to be done. For example after finishing my taxes, it feels nice to go on an ice cream date or to reward myself with a tiny material thing from my wishlist.
Enlarge your personal horizon
Simply try out new things! “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I once heard this quote at the beginning of this year and it really impressed me. Since then, I always keep it in mind and ask myself which completely new thing I’d like to try. Thus, life never gets boring and I always have a new challenge ahead in order to enlarge my horizon.
Don’t be afraid to learn something new
I believe that life only is worth living as long as we are able to keep on learning new things and are willed to learn new skills and gain new knowledge. Otherwise, for me it would be really boring. Maybe there’s a new craft technique you’ve always been interest in (in my case, this is knitting ;)) or maybe there’s another language you want to learn or how to better handle your camera!? Or maybe it’s only this one special recipe you’ve always wanted to try!? Just go for it, afterwards you’ll feel extra special and proud! :)
(photo taken by Fabienne)
Make new friends
Blogging is making new friends – that’s one of the best thing about blogging, all the awesome people I have met! But even without writing a blog, making new friends is a thing I wouldn’t want to miss in my life. It’s always so super exciting to get to know new people and I often have to remind myself to be open-minded concerning strangers and to welcome new people in my life, this can be really refreshing and inspiring.
Be brave and dare something
Being able to dare something you have always been afraid of is a thing which I believe to be super healthy. On the one hand, healthy for one’s self-esteem, on the other hand, this is something which is really essential in moving forward and in developing ones character. Maybe you could make a list with things you have always been wanting to do (but weren’t brave enough) and then pick one thing to do. I think this is a really exciting challenge, no matter whether it is about an issue of your everyday life that challenges you, a big adventure you didn’t dare to start or just a normal goal you weren’t brave enough to achieve!
Do something that nobody would have expected
Most of us tend to live according to certain behavioral patterns we are accustomed to, but sometimes, this can make life really boring. I think from time to time, it can be really nice to do something completely different that nobody else – and especially not you – would have expected. Just as one example: I personally would have never thought I’d write blog posts with fashion advice, DIY projects and sewin tutorial. A few years ago, I would have never thought that I’d be blogging at all. :)
Choose the right friends
Only surround yourself with people who support you, are good for you and lift you higher, those people who are always happy for you and really care about your feelings. Envy is poison for any friendship, so rather avoid people who try to keep you small and are jealous of what you’re doing, even if this is sometimes hard to see.
Take a break and relax
Sometimes you simply should let go and spend time doing nothing at all, being lazy and calm down! For me it’s often difficult to forget everything else and just hang around, but I’m convinced that this is extremely necessary to stay healthy, live a balanced life and fill up your batteries.
Enjoy the little details in life
Something that always makes me smile are the little things in life: a pretty flower next to the street, a favorite song on the radio, a stranger smiling at me, receiving an unexpected gift, getting a thoughtful compliment… I believe that only people who are able to appreciate those things can life a fulfilled life!
Is there anything on my list that you also consider to be important?
Happy day, Lu