10 Tips for Happy Living in 2014

You’ll often hear others saying that small things are the key to happiness. It’s never too late to embrace this philosophy. This year, I’ve started cleansing my life and realized that small changes brought tremendous results.

I’ll share with you practices that made me really happy. They will help you broaden your consciousness, make positive changes in your life and you’ll see things from a new angle! When will you do it, if not now?

  1. Escape from the daily routine

One of the things that can make you depressed is doing and seeingthe same old things over and over again. If you want a drastic change, start living in a new apartment or redecorate your old one, make some fresh friendships, or go and take a walk in the part of the city you never had a chance to see before.

  1. Keep your body fit

They don’t say sound mind in a sound body” “A for nothing. If you’re used to sitting most of your day, getting rid of this bad habitmay seem like the toughest thing to do. The start is the hardest part. At first, I tried to walk more and went home on foot instead of by bus. When it became too easy, I started running. The feeling of tiredness made me very happy and calm and now – I can’t stop exercising!

  1. Do a detox

Doing exercise is fine, but it’s always good to pay attention to your diet. You don’t have to starve. Just add lots of fresh fruit and vegetables into your daily menu. Get some cool recipes for tasty shakes and smoothies and enjoy.

  1. Relax and meditate

After exercise and colorful smoothies, we recommend you learn at least some simple forms of meditation and breathing exercises that will help you to relax and unwind. Let aromatherapy help you – put some essential oils into your bath. It’s cheap, it’s extremely useful, it doesn’t take much time and there’s not a single reason not to do it.

  1. Help others

Many people would say that helping people is an altruistic act, but there’s no such thing as pure selflessness. Volunteer work makes us feel good and accomplished, so I guess that the motives for doing this sort of work are at least partly selfish. If you haven’t done it by now, join a volunteer organization and help others as well as yourself.

  1. Donate

Some people have no time for volunteering besides their everyday duties and activities. If you fit into this group, it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t help others. The number of charities to which you can donate money is huge. Sometimes, these charities provide a clear benefit for people and you’re sure where your money is going.  Here is an example of a charity lottery in which people can win a new car, a new house or even a new home.

  1. Go offline

It’sthe 21st century and it seems we just can’t get away from being online all the time. Sometimes we even don’t want to. Believe us – even if you think it’s impossible, try not to check your email and Facebook at least for one day. Go outside, have a coffee with your friend and don’t stare at your smartphone.

  1. Reconnect with nature

Everybody is talking about returning to nature these days. Maybe this has something to do with the previous paragraph? Well, eating organic food and using natural cosmetics is more than great, but reconnect with nature even more. Why wouldn’t you spend your weekends camping or at least in a park?

  1. Learn new skills

By enrolling a new course or starting a new hobby you can make several great changes in your life – and all “at one blow”. Make new friends, see things from a new perspective, escape the daily routine and possibly lay the foundations for your future career!

  1. Use your time as best as you can

Sleeping until noon can be cool – sometimes. However, have in mind that you don’t have all the time in the world. Become fully aware of this fact and you’ll surely spend your time on activities and people that truly deserve it!

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About alexchester (68 Articles)
Alex Chester is an economist currently working on a few projects in Australia.

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