1. Go Toward Your Goals: Progress and building a sense of forward momentum builds confidence and lifts your spirit.
  2. Count Your Blessings: Listing all the things you have to be grateful for (Can’t think of any? Imagine all things you’d miss if you lost them!). An Attitude of Gratitude is a powerful driver of happiness.
  3. Passionately Perspire: Breaking a Sweat, Moving Your Bod, exercising all extend your life, boost your energy, and improve your mood.
  4. Make a Difference in Someone’s Life: Doing something for others, helping your fellows along the way strengthens relationships, creates connection and a feeling of community, all long-term determinants of happiness.
  5. Putting a Pep in Your Step Powers Positivity: Even if you’re not feeling happy, a spirited stroll can help you fake it till you make it.
  6. Forgive and Forget; Release and Relax: The past should be a place of reference, not residence. Thoughts that don’t move you forward hold you back. Choose to put your focus on the things that bring you joy, peace of mind, and happiness.
  7. Pick Positive People as Pals: In many ways, you are the sum total of the folks you spend the most time with. Attitudes are contagious, are your friends’ worth catching?
  8. Slap on a Smile: Most assume emotions create behavior but it can run both ways: Behavior can impact emotions. Behave happy, think positive thoughts and your mood will brighten. Smile and you will automatically feel better.
  9. Laser in on Your “Why”: Purpose powers passion: when you are on a mission, when you are busy working to a goal that has meaning for you, happiness is virtually guaranteed.

Closing Quotes:

Not having the best situation but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.” – Marie Forleo, b. 1975

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910

“He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.” – Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier