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Five Ways to Inject More Happiness Into Your Life
The Search for Happiness
Ever since I was 20 years old, I have been making new year's resolutions. I make them every year with the intention of accomplishing certain goals and expectations that I set out for myself because I believe that it will somehow add to my happiness. Of course like a lot of things in life, it's easier said than done and for many years, I would consider myself a failure to some degree.
As the years passed, I went through the normal ups and downs of life with the occasional traumatic experience sprinkled in for variety and I've even felt extreme happiness at times. However it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I decided to do something different because even after all these years, I still didn't feel quite happy. A wise man once told me a few years ago that if I kept doing the same thing, I will most likely get the same results. I looked back at my life and thought how true it was. I made the same resolutions year after year, worked hard the exact same way, and nothing really changed. And if it did, I certainly wasn't any happier.
So I decided to take a different approach and changed my way of thinking. Instead of always looking at where I'd like to be in the future, I focused on each day as if it were an important project and treated each day as if it were my last. In the process, I came up with more than a few ways that actually added to the quality of my life as well as contributing to my happiness. Instead of bombarding you with 50 (because that's how much I originally wrote on my list), I will share with you five things that I do to make me just a little happier every day.
*Photos taken by myself
The Happiness Project
If you are trying to inject just a little more happiness into your life, you might want to pick up this great book. Unlike other self-help book authors, the author of this book wasn't that depressed to begin with. In fact she had everything she wished for in life.
She simply felt that there was something more and began an experiment to search for the meaning of happiness.
If you'd like more information on the book, I've written a review about it.
Am amazing book that will make you laugh while helping you find more ways to inject happiness into your life. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading this gem of a book.
Learning Something New
Three years ago I decided that I wanted to master photoshop. Not only that, I wanted to use it to create virtual clothing for an online game and make money with it. People were telling me that the competition is tough especially with all the graphic designers out there, who already know how to use photoshop and that I should perhaps try something else like sketching or learning how to swim ( I've lived in Hawaii for 20 years and I can't swim ).
Instead of taking their advice, I spent a large amount of money on photoshop, purchased a really thick photoshop course and spent three months learning how to do use photoshop to create virtual clothes.
In the end, the effort really paid off. After just a year after I made the decision to become a virtual designer, I had actually started making money as well as my virtual brand becoming quite famous in the game. I was asked to do virtual fashion shows, interviews and participate in charity events. I was ecstatic to say the least but what it did for me was beyond the money.
With the profit I made, I was able to take my family on holidays and I was able to help raise money for charities that were close to my heart. Learning something new gave me the confidence I needed to go out into the world and not be afraid to try new things.
This duo really know how to cook and This Is A Cookbook has to be one of the most visually appealing cookbook to date. As soon as I flipped through this cookbook at the bookstore, I knew I had to buy it.
The design is edgy and modern, the food is on trend and easy to make. I love the no-nonsense approach that these guys take and it's such a pleasure browsing through this fantastic cookbook made for real life.
Try Out a New Recipe
Humans seem to be creatures of habit and I was no exception. Although I liked to experience new things, I always found comfort in familiarity such as making the same dishes I already knew how to make. I knew they would always taste good and I pretty much knew how to make those dishes from memory.
For some, experimenting with food comes easy but for others like myself, I was always hesitant as I never knew how something was going to turn out. I was afraid of failure and I hated wasting food! I knew that I failed at making a simple cupcake a countless number of times but I also knew that unless I tried again, I would never succeed at making one for the rest of my life.
You see, I have an obsession for cupcakes so it's almost a sin not to be able to make them myself. This year, I took on the task of making some green tea cupcakes. Sure it took some practice, but I can now proudly boast to my friends that I can make some darn good cupcakes.
Experience New Taste Sensations
Do you find yourself ordering the same dishes at your favorite restaurants? I never realized it until recently that I was actually guilty of it myself and it came surprisingly came as a shock because I've always considered myself to be on the adventurous side when it came to food.
When I travel, the first thing I am drawn to are the unfamiliar. However at my favorite restaurants, I'm always going back to my favorite dishes.
Last year I was fortunate to find the time and money for a trip to Hawaii to see my family. My sister and her boyfriend surprised me by throwing a birthday party for me at Alan Wong's, one of my favorite restaurants in the world. Since I've been going to Alan Wong's for years now, I realized that I kept ordering my favorite dishes so although I was always content with my choice, I was never surprised.
So I made it a point to order only things I had never ordered before and guess what? The new tastes combined with not knowing what to expect made this dining experience that much more special.
Go on a Date with your Camera
Yep, that's right! Go on a date with your camera. Just you and your camera ( or if you're like me, your iphone ). It's amazing how much more you notice when you're walking around with the purpose of looking for something that captures your attention. It forces you to look at things more closely and when you do, you'll find hidden beauty in unexpected places.
Nowadays I never leave home without my iphone. These days I seem to be attracted to flowers and plants but I've also been strangely fascinated by things such as walls and windows. Sometimes I'll make a special trip out of the city to take pictures but I find so much beauty near my very own home. It just makes you realize that you don't have to go far to find beauty in life.
Buy Yourself Some Flowers
A long time ago I went through a really bad break up and I didn't handle it very well. Nothing seemed to matter and my friends worried that they would find me dead in my apartment one day. Lucky for me I have friends that tend to lean towards a lot of drama so they sometimes worry more than necessary.
Of course like all bad breakups, I had to go through the stages of recovery-denial, hatred and finally forgiveness-well that's how I understand it anyway. Once I finally got a grip of myself and came to the realization that life must go on, I walked down to the corner flower shop and bought myself a bouquet of flowers. It's really amazing how doing something special like this for yourself can make all the difference.
Now I buy flowers for myself all the time!
If you can't get out, you can always light this candle and imagine you're hiking through a fragrant forest. I love how natural this one smells and the scent is long-lasting, letting it last for the entire season.
I like using these at the end of a day to relax and clear my mind before bedtime.