“I don’t want to be happy,” said no one ever.
Of course all of us want to be happy, right? If someone asked you today to rank your happiness from one to ten, where would you rank? My ranking, like most people I imagine, changes a bit with different events in my life. When I have a breakthrough session with a client? A 10! When I’m having “one of those days?” Maybe a 5. When my daughters were born? A 100.
I think it’s fair to say that no one can be happy 100% of the time. But everyone wants to feel happy with their lives generally. After all, what’s life without happiness?
Can You Be Kind Today?
So, how do we become happier? While that answer will vary from person to person, there is one simple thing we can all do to boost our happiness: be kind.
Studies have shown that people who are kind to others are more likely to experience happiness themselves. In fact, researchers have found that kindness and happiness create a “virtuous cycle” that can lead to long-term happiness.
You Can Do It: Do something nice for someone everyday for a full week, and see how you feel (and let me know about it in the comments)! If the research is right, I bet you’ll feel like a million bucks.
9 Easy Ways To Spread Kindness
- Say hello and smile at a stranger.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Tell someone you appreciate them and why.
- Do a favor without being asked.
- Call your mom.
- Make a donation to a person or cause you care about.
- Write a letter, not an e-mail, use a stamp and everything!
- Cook a meal for someone.
- Go on a “walk and talk” with a friend.
Can You Add To My List?
Leave a comment on an easy way to spread kindness and improve your happiness.
Happiness is the kind of thing that feels elusive sometimes, I know. But let’s all try to get our virtuous cycles going, and get some more happiness by giving some more kindness – to others and ourselves.
Have a healthy, happy day!