Top Life Coach, Carole Ann Rice knows how important it is to take small steps to appreciate happiness. So, she’s revealing the five things we can all do daily to feel that little bit happier:
1. DO SOMETHING KIND – the lovely karmic kick-back starter pack includes but is not limited to: buying and sending flowers unexpectedly to a co-worker or loved one, sending a thank you card to someone who has never stopped supporting you, and passing on a compliment to someone. By knowing that you brightened up someone’s day, it’ll help brighten your own, too.
2. GET YOUR BLOOD PUMPING – as much as we may love to share those studies that suggest we can be allergic to exercise, there are more ways to get moving than you might suspect that can be major mood boosters. Dancing, running, swimming, even gentle strolls have a way of boosting the spirit. Try to do so without your phone or going on Airplane mode; go offline to give yourself a chance to not think, just be.
3. RELISH THE SMALL THINGS – it could be a piping hot cup of coffee before work, a bath enhanced with a lavender bath bomb, the tweeting of the birds, or a good book to curl up and read. Learning to appreciate the little things in life will make it easier to see the beauty in the macro.
4. KEEP A BLESSINGS BOOK – each day, whether after waking up or before going to bed, jot down all the things in life you’re grateful for. It could be your friends, having a roof over your head, or even your new Amazon Prime subscription. Whatever it is, itemising it will remind you daily that there are reasons to smile.
5. JUST KEEP SMILING – Smiling is contagious, and the more you smile at others the more they can’t help but smiling back. Even if you’re on the train at 8:30am commuting to work – that smile you crack to a passer-by might just be the thing they needed to see.
Words : Carole Ann Rice
Carole Ann Rice from Real Coaching Co is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and personal development experts. She helps people all around the world discover the best version of themselves. Much of her work involves focusing on the here and now and is different to what you may experience in therapy.