January ushered in a New Year and a host of resolutions
for self-improvement. Want the most bang for your resolution buck? Skip the
efforts to overhaul your life, and instead make happiness a priority. Getting happier
is easier than you think; by adding a series of small, manageable habits to
your daily routine, happiness awaits.
Expectations: Rise and shine with expectations of
happiness and success. When your intention is to have a great day, you will be
amazed at how well the day turns out. Take time to train your brain to expect
happiness and watch how it follows. Skeptical? Think of the proverbial glass -
is it half full or empty? Life is all in how you look at it so choose rose-colored
Stress eats away happiness so guard your well-being by planning and prioritizing.
By mapping out small, manageable goals for the day, you will find yourself
meeting them and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done.
Whether it's simple stretching or kick-butt calisthenics, everyone has an
exercise threshold. Meet yours daily and reap the rewards. If possible,
exercise outdoors, the vitamin D and fresh air are good for you. Mother was
Relationships: The happiest people have well-developed
relationships with friends and family. Find time each day to connect with
someone special in your life whether it's a bedtime story with a child or a
phone call with a friend.
Media Consumption: Turn off your TV and toss that newspaper.
Reading about murder, mayhem and wayward politicians is depressing. And the
crass commercialism that imbues so magazines and TV programming is designed to
make you dissatisfied with your life and sell products. When we're bombarded
with upsetting news and images and never-ending product pitches, we wind up
uneasy and dissatisfied. Time to say thanks but no thanks.
Kindness: When you share a smile or a kind word with people
throughout the day, you will be rewarded in kind. Small pleasantries and thoughtful
gestures add up to big dividends in contentment and well-being.
Grateful: End every day with a gratitude round-up. Take a few
minutes pre-slumber to write in a journal, or just think of everything that happened
that day for which you a grateful; you may be surprised at how long your list
Here's to a Happy 2013!
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.