Strategies To Increase Your Happiness

Simply + Fiercely

First and foremost, the most important thing to do if you want more of what makes you happy is to make a list. And yep—I know it’s super simple—but it’s also really important.

Writing a list that you can refer to later means there’s one less hurdle to overcome. Plus, it’s an interesting exercise.

You don’t need to have everything figured out, but once you have some ideas about what makes you happy, the next step is to take action. Here are some ideas that might help.

When I mix what makes me happy with what I have to do, I can transform the ordinary into something special. Sometimes doing more of what makes you happy means choosing to find happiness in everyday moments, even the mundane ones.

Transform the ordinary

Choose a habit that you already do regularly (like brushing your teeth or driving the kids to school) and then “stack” a new habit onto your existing routine. You can use this technique to do more of what makes you happy.

Stack a habit

If you want to do more of what makes you happy and less of what doesn’t, setting strong personal boundaries is essential. Learn how to say ‘no’ to others so that you can say ‘yes’ to yourself.

Set strong personal boundaries

Let go of the excess in your life—everything from old sweaters to old beliefs. Declutter your home, simplify your life and see what happens with the space you create.

Declutter your home + simplify your life

In the world of personal finance, there’s a popular strategy called “paying yourself first”. The basic concept is that you put money into savings before you pay anything else, and then you learn to live off of whatever is leftover.

Pay yourself first

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