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Small Steps to Happiness

Small steps to happiness Vidya Sury

Ever feel unfulfilled? You’re not the only one!

Happiness: it’s elusive and sometimes can feel out of reach. Not to worry though, there’s plenty of information out there for those who need it, and small steps towards improving your happiness and your overall mood.

To begin with, I’d recommend widening your social circle. Community is a great mood-upper. Whether you’re a natural extrovert or a total wallflower, you can still develop the skills for creating close relationships. It is up to you to use them to gather loads of friends or just a few.

How can you attract people and appear approachable?

Eye contact

Try maintaining eye contact with those you connect and ask them fun questions about themselves. Be a listener, and actually listen.

Touch

It also helps to touch people and create physical contact. Just a gentle touch can convey a lot more than words can, depending on the situation.

Tell stories

Narrate yours and encourage others to tell their own. So sometimes you might find the conversation is boring. But don’t worry, maybe it’s just the wrong person. You don’t have to feel the pressure to like and be liked by everyone you meet. Try again with someone else or maybe just switch to a different conversation topic.

Exercise

Try to get around 90 minutes of exercise per week, which can be split into 3.30 minute sessions throughout the week. If the gym isn’t your thing, try walking or cycling places, or taking up a fun exercise class like Zumba, which is the “in” thing right now! Me, I love to just pick up my camera and set off on a really brisk walk. I keep a destination in mind so that I can get the physical activity when I reach there and on the way back enjoy clicking pictures.

Meditate

Fancy learning how to meditate? It sounds hard but it really isn’t. You can learn how to meditate easily just by concentrating on your breath. Listen to yourself breathe in and breathe out again steadily until it fills up your mind. Set an alarm and practice for 5 minutes a day and feel the stress melt away!Bonus? Loads of health benefits.

Chill out

It’s important to make sure that you always set aside time for yourself to indulge in something you enjoy. Me-time! Whether you want to watch some evening TV, get lost in a trashy romance novel or play on new bingo sites online in order to win some extra cash, the choice is unlimited. In fact, the elders in our apartment complex have a bingo night every week and have so much fun. If you enjoy playing online, check out sites like Bingosweets.com to find out about all the best online deals available to you.

Travel

Make a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to go. Even a weekend can be very energizing!

Happiness and sadness are all a part of life. It is up to us to make our lives enjoyable. As I love to say, Happiness is a DIY project and it is worth the effort. Try some of the steps outlined above. Just a couple of small changes can make all the difference!

What is your favorite tip? ♥

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    Vishal Bheeroo
    September 26, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Awesome tips, Vidya. I need to try meditation and be more serious when it comes to exercise:) My tips would be practice reading and writing regularly, ink more often in the diary. Start the day with water and honey and keep 3 to 5 minutes to sit in a corner of the house alone:)
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    Wendy of the Rock
    September 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Notice the natural world…
    Look up… the sky is amazing…
    Smile at strangers…
    Always have at least one book on the go…
    Keep learning…
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    nabanita
    September 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Such wonderful tips Vidya…You know I always try telling stories but I end up botching the narration or boring people…But it’s so much easier to do it by writing..I have found a lot of friends and happiness from my blog 🙂 That’s one of my happiness DIY projects
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    Birgit
    September 28, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Your tips are great and I meditate and I give lots of hugs and kisses to my fur babies. I think one can also read a book that you enjoy and watch a fun movie whether it be a comedy or a musical. One can disappear into the characters
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    G Angela
    September 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful vidya ! agree with all that you have shared… and I will add .. sing your favourite songs, go for a movie with your friends, count your blessings and stay busy doing things you love …
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    Tara Schiller
    September 28, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Great list. I love the idea of telling stories. It’s always so bonding with my kids when my husband and I sit down with them and tell our stories. It’s healing too, helping us to remember all the amazing things we’ve experienced, and how awe inspiring our life has been. When we’re only looking forward, the past just seems like a big boring mess of everything we’ve already done.

    Thanks for sharing.
    -Tara
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    Asha
    October 2, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Nice post Vidya 🙂 Wish we could meet somebody at leisure and have a chance to chat up..
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