Whether you were born with a sunny disposition or tend to be a little more glass half empty, experts all agree that it is important to learn how to bring more meaning and satisfaction to our life. In our July/August M2 Woman we shared some tips to influence your happiness.
- Ask yourself what a happy life would look like? What can you change to achieve this?
- Write a list of 5 things that make you happy with your life, do this daily or weekly until you manage to live in the moment and appreciate the little things.
- Pencil in time to do what makes you happy, whether that is seeing your friends or a bubble bath.
- As cliche as it sounds, no list of how to be happy would be complete without the reminder that you should get outside. Studies have found that spending just 20 minutes outside has the ability to boost your positive mood.
- Make a ‘happy playlist’ and listen to it when ever you need a little helping hand. If you can dance around while listening that is even better!
- Detox from social media! Sure, it is a great way to keep up-to-date with your friends but it is also a time-guzzler and you are less focused on the now and more focused on the lives of other people.
We also asked a few people what makes them happy, because if there is one thing we can be certain on it is that the reasons behind happiness vary from person to person.
“When I get home from a hard day’s work and my 2 kids (aged 2 and 5) come running to the door excitedly exclaiming; “daddy’s home” then grabbing hold of my legs and giving me a cuddle. [Also] driving to work every day from Birkenhead to Freemans Bay and seeing Auckland city across the water. Reminds me how lucky I am to live in New Zealand”
– Richard Conway, CEO Pure SEO – The Search Engine Specialists.
“Helping others succeed.”
– Michael Broadbent, Director Evergreen Life.
“Happiness for me can come at the strangest times. It is not associated with money, being on holiday or the sunshine (sometimes it is though… Okay a lot of the time it is.) Happiness comes when I have agency in my life. I have purpose, I have someone to love, someone who loves me and something to look forward to. Happiness is when I feel involved and can contribute positively in the lives of family and friends.”
– Dai Henwood New Zealand Comedian.
“Sunshine after rain. Small gestures of kindness or thoughtfulness. Champagne. Laughter. Tropical islands. Great sex. A fulfilling career. Helping others. Reading a good book. Great food. Dancing. Music.”
– Kirsten Taylor, Managing Director and Founder of SleepDrop