Sometimes life gets in the way and we forget fundamental things that make us happier, better people and better families. Here’s my list to make everyone a little closer and happier.
1. Tell someone you love that you love them. Doesn’t matter who. Tell a child, a partner, a parent, a friend, your dog…whatever, but tell them.
The things left unsaid until its too late become regrets that stay with us instead of the happy memory of a moment of love with someone important. Say the words.
2. Enjoy the out of doors. Yep, leave the comfy chair for a minute and step outside. Even in the big city you can hear birds, feel the wind, see the sky and feel the sun on your face.
We are children of nature, no matter how much we pretend not to be, and just a little bit of time outside can improve your mood and make everything seem brighter. Get some vitamin D from the sun hitting your skin, get some fresh air into lungs too used to stale dust, and maybe even get some exercise.
Or at least go out at night and see the moon and stars. Look at the sky and wonder about the solar system and what’s out there. Even name a star live.
If all you can do is get to the window, do that and have the darn thing opened. It helps. Trust me, whatever else is going on in your life, it helps.
3. Spend time with your family. Not in front of the TV, but in a park or playing a game, or drawing together, or reading together, or talking together-even if it is just on the phone. If you have children, no matter what their age, be with them in some way.
Send a note, email, facebook message, phone call, or just cuddle with them on the couch. Enjoy them and the rest of your family and let them enjoy you and what you have to offer as a person and parent and spouse.
4. Do something that you want to do. We spend so much of our time as parents, as caregivers, as friends, as good employees, as spouses, we forget about ourselves. Take five minutes and read something that you want, buy something that is just for yourself, or watch something for yourself.
It can make such a difference in your mood and mentality. Stay sane!
5. Contact someone whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. This is so easy with our social connections we have available today. Call them on the phone, email them, poke them on facebook, whatever!
Life is so short, and we miss out on so much that we can give and get from the friends and social connections we make. Make someone’s day with just a minute of your time!
6. Eat something you want to eat. Not something that is necessarily good for you, (though many yummy things are good for you.) but something that you genuinely enjoy eating. Ignore the diet for one thing at one meal. Have something that you loved from childhood, or brings up a happy memory.
Enjoy eating! It is a huge part of our lives and shouldn’t be a chore or a set of hard restrictions. Look up some new recipes, or try a food that you have never had or have been afraid of trying until now. Live gastronomically.
7. Try something new! See point number six, but also try a new exercise, or a new game, or a new place to eat, or walk down a different street or read a book that you wouldn’t normally have picked up about a subject you know nothing about.
Go to a new place, big or small. It could be a new country or a new coffee house, but go! Try something new. (needed to say that twice.)
8. Thank someone. Thank God/Gods/Goddess for your life. The the waitress at your table. Thank the toll booth attendant. Thank your cab driver. Thank your children for their laughter, your spouse for doing the dishes, whatever. But be thankful.
9. Smile. Laugh. Be in the moment and make that moment a happy one. Each day is too short to frown about it, and I have to tell you, a simple smile can brighten the worst day. Not only your own, but the above toll booth attendant or waitress or cab driver or partner. It is hard to be upset with someone who is beaming at you.
Enjoy your life, no matter what your age, or station, or job or place. Be alive.