Scheduling happiness will enhance your life in many ways.
An enjoyable day has so many little pieces that add up to create a life you look forward to. It is a mix of your mental state, your health, thought patterns, the surrounding environment, the list could go on and on. With such a broad gap, we need to maximize the changes we can make.
One great way I’ve discovered to keep a better overall mood throughout the day is through the creation of happiness routines.
Happiness routines are small routines you can place throughout each day that you really enjoy doing. This routine could be anything, from playing with your dog to taking a nice walk.
Personally, I’ve found two routines that I really enjoy. These routines not only make me feel better in the moment, but they also improve my joy and energy for the rest of the day.
The first routine consists of going to the gym, followed by a cold shower. These are the first things I do each morning. I find both of these activities to be extremely rewarding. Each comes with its own set of challenges. Through willingly challenging myself each morning, I feel more confident in myself and my abilities. I love how the slight discomfort turns to happiness and mental fortitude. This psychological win mixed with the positive chemical release makes me feel more ready to attack the day.
The other happiness routine I follow takes up the last hour of my day. For the last hour, I do a mixture of dancing and stretching. If you couldn’t tell already, I get a great sense of satisfaction from moving my body. I’m an awful dancer, but for a half-hour each night, I let myself dance without a care in the world. This dancing lets my mind take a break from any worries I may have been struggling with, and I get to just be. After my dance session, I focus on stretching. Stretching is my calming routine. I let myself wind down and prepare for a restful sleep while I come up with reasons to be grateful. It’s a great way to end my day and set myself up to start the next day on the right foot.
These routines boost my mood throughout the day. When I start to worry about something I have to do that day, I remind myself that I have something to look forward to at the end of the day and the beginning of the next. Every time I go through one of these routines, I feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that I’m taking care of myself.
Schedule Something You Enjoy Today
Allow yourself to schedule the things you enjoy. If you enjoy walking, schedule a brief walk through the park or through town. If you like to draw, give yourself a 10-minute window to draw whatever you like.
We tend to place most of our focus on future goals, sometimes to the downfall of our current and future happiness. We overlook small things we could do each day without much effort or time that would greatly improve our satisfaction with life.
Just one thing a day could renew our energy to enjoy the rest of life. When we’re happier, it is much easier to get through each day and we end up being more productive. Instead of waiting until you accomplish that huge goal ahead of you, reward yourself in small ways along the way. You might find that it becomes much easier to follow through on your goals.
Happiness is possibly the greatest indicator of how our lives are going. Not only does it feel great, but happier people also tend to be healthier, more productive, have better relationships, etc. Therefore, we must make an effort to be happier today in a way that will support us going forward. Giving yourself a little more time to focus on hobbies or important relationships doesn’t have to take away from the pursuit of your goals, it can enhance your journey.