This concept has been on my mind a lot over the past couple of days. Being the dead middle of winter I think a lot of us are having a difficult time remaining positive and happy. I can see why people get depressed around this time of year. I know I have been struggling like the majority of you have been as well. For those of us who live in a climate that gets cold winters most of the time is spent indoors. There are only a certain amount of things we can do inside especially if we have kids. Also, since we are staying inside more, we are not getting enough Vitamin D which helps with our mood/depression. Even if you do not live in a cold climate, I know that some of us still get the blues sometimes. This reason alone is why I wanted to write this blog post today. It wasn’t the original one I had planned, but I hope that it will help some people (like it has helped me).
Focus on the little things.
It is that simple. I know you are thinking, “what do you mean the little things in life?” What I mean by this statement is try not to focus on the big disappointments in your life. I know we all have them, and we think about on a daily basis. For example, we might not be where we want to be financially, spiritually, physically, or emotionally. We might not have the family we want yet or the dream home that we have wanted since we were little. These are big things in our life… if we let them be! If we start thinking about all our failures, or setbacks in life then we will never actually be happy. We spend too much time focusing on negative aspects of our life instead of focusing on the positive. It might not seem like it at first, but we all have positive things going on in our life. I would encourage you to sit down and write a list of all the positive things about your life. I think you would be pleasantly surprised at what you come up with. In order to be happy everyday we need to make it a priority to focus on the positive things in our life no matter how little they may seem.
Some examples of the positive things to focus on are health, a home to sleep in each night, a roof over our heads, family/friends who care about us, great childhood memories, getting to see our children grow up, having children, having the ability to learn, or having a wonderful Savior who died on the cross for our sins. These are just a few examples of the many things that are positive aspects in our lives. Focus on these aspects instead of the negative ones and you will have a new outlook on life.
Some of the little things I focus on throughout my day are as follows: my wonderfully smelling candle I burn while working, a warm cup of coffee, the beautiful outdoors (I love when it rains, is sunny, or is snowy.. each one is beautiful in its own way), home cooked meals, reading my kindle when relaxing, writing about topics I love, being able to wrap myself in a comfortable blanket when I am cold, having my husband come home each night and enjoying his company, and watching my cute puppies play together. These are all things that make me happy throughout the day. It is the little things in life that keep me going in the midst of the chaos that is going on around me or in my life.
If you haven’t already please start a gratitude journal. It can be on your phone or on paper, but everyday write down 3 different things you are grateful for in your life. They don’t have to be big, but it will help keep your mind on the positive things instead of the negative things. I would also suggest surrounding yourself with positive people. It is so easy to get sucked into being negative, and the people around you have much more effect on you than you may think. Guard your heart and your mind from these people because they will steal your joy.
I hope this helped create some happiness in your life today and in the days to come. I can tell a huge difference in my happiness when I start focusing on positive things and enjoying the little aspects in life that make it great!
Here’s to being happy all year-long!
I would love to hear from you! What other ways do you stay happy throughout the day?