From Debbie Gisonni on Huffington Post, 10 ways to be happier

From, a good reminder to love your life now, instead of waiting until you complete the next 7 tips.

From, a good reminder to love your life now, instead of waiting until you complete the next 7 tips. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Aren’t we all suckers for a good how-to list: 9 ways to lose weight, 15 tips for a happier marriage and so on?

I know it’s not just me, both because I see what’s on the cover of every magazine in the grocery store AND because I’ve been to conferences where magazine people talk about the psychology of how compelling those numbered lists are.

So in the interest of giving the people what they want, I recommend you read “10 Ways to Be Happier” on Huffington Post.

Among the ways Debbie Gisonni suggests you can bring more happiness into your life:

1. Find the humor.
Don’t you love being around someone who makes you laugh? There is humor to be found in just about anything that happens, even if it’s just isolated moments within a grim situation.

2. Accept yourself and your life.
Accept yourself, with all your imperfections, and accept your life with all its ups and downs. Imperfections are what make you interesting. Life’s ups and downs are what make it exciting. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same and nothing ever changed?

5. Develop your intuition.
Believe it or not, tapping into your natural insight and intuition will make life much easier and happier. It can save you lots of time agonizing over decisions, and in some cases, it can even save your life. The best way to develop your intuition is through some kind of meditative practice. That could be as simple as taking a mindful walk, a yoga class, or practicing a few deep breaths every day.

8. Slow down.
When you move quickly, you push aside all the things that give our life meaning, like being generous, thankful or kind to people. At the end of your life, it doesn’t matter how much you got done in record time. What matters most is how many people you impacted positively and how much of your time was spent lovingly.

10. Make someone else happy.
Think about how many ways you can make someone happy. It could be a pleasant smile, a compliment, a gift, a favor or anything else that brings joy to another. When you live your life with compassion and kindness for others, it gives you a natural “high” on happiness.

There are obviously five more where these came from, and I’ve given just a short version of the five above, so check out the rest: “10 Ways to Be Happier”

For more by Debbie Gisonni, click here. For more on happiness, click here.

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