In our third and final installment on happiness, we explore actions and steps you can easily take to bring more positivity into your life.
Ultimately you need to act to achieve results. Here are three proven happiness-enhancing action steps you can start doing immediately.
1. Savor the future.
Write a description of what your life will ideally look like five years from today. Your vision of your ideal future will actually act like a beacon, drawing you to it. But don’t just take this step—also notice how it makes you feel when you envision a great future. This is how you savor the future, and in doing so you will elevate your positivity.
2. Express gratitude for your past.
Think of someone who has positively impacted your life and whom you have never properly thanked. Write down what they did for you and all the ways you are thankful to them for what they have meant to you over the years. The mere act of writing this type of letter has been shown to boost levels of happiness.
3. Demonstrate love.
If you can, go out immediately after reading this report and get a flower or card for someone you love and give it to them, saying, “Just because I was thinking about you and what you mean to me.” You can also simply call someone you love—your spouse, a best friend—and tell them how happy you are that they’re in your life.
Try to do more of these types of acts every week or month, and cut down on other activities to do so if necessary. Remember that habits and frequency of actions play big roles in elevating happiness.
With the holiday season giving us time to reflect and connect with our families, I hope you embrace these tips on happiness as we head into 2019.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
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