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5 Tips for Living a Happier Life

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5 tips for living a happier life


Parenting is hard. And some days you may want to cry because it’s really HARD.  But it’s one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Today we’re sharing a few tips to help you have more happiness in your life. Because a happy mom or dad makes for a much happier home. This simple quote couldn’t sum it up better, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”.

5 Tips for Living a Happier Life

1. Do more of what you love and less of what you don’t love. This one is pretty simple. Happiness is a compilation of a lot of things, but one thing is for sure: if you’re doing things you love, you’ll have more happiness. Don’t like cleaning? Hire someone to do it. Don’t have the money for it? Then give yourself some slack and figure out a plan to clean less (ex: get the kids involved, lower your standards). Don’t like the negativity of some people you hang out with? Stop hanging out with them. Love to read? Love to play sports? Love to spend time with your kids? GREAT! DO MORE OF THOSE THINGS. The more you do what you love and less of what you don’t love, the happier you’ll be.

2. Learn to say no. A few years ago I joined a neighbourhood board committee. I thought it would be a great way to volunteer. Problem was, it was completely disorganized and I ended up getting plenty of emails a day talking about absolutely nothing important. The disorganization was driving me mad. I wrestled with my inner voice that wanted to quit for some time but finally said the stress was not worth it. I said no and I was so much happier after I quit the committee. So learn to say no to others. Example A: Does you family want you to host Christmas? Say no! Unless you absolutely love hosting if you’re going to be stressed and it’s going to cause you anxiety then practice say N-O.

3. Slow down. We live in such a fast-paced environment these days. A lot of this fast-paced nature is contributing to stress in peoples’ lives. Learn to slow down. Think about the simpler times when they didn’t have technology. People would sit around, talk to each other (I know a weird concept right?), read, write, have hobbies, etc. Slow down and smell those beautiful roses. Don’t worry if you can’t get everything done on your to-do list. Slow down your life and enjoy the moments that really matter. Put that phone down and play with your kids on the floor. Go for a walk. Take some nature in and just live in the moment.

4. Practice appreciation & gratitude. One of the best ways to be happier is to realize how great your life really is. No matter the situation, I can guarantee you there is someone else going through the exact same thing – or worse! When you actually boil down the things in your life that you’re grateful for, you can feel pretty good. Write them down and just look at them. Family, love, kids, you name it – there’s always a reason to be happy.

5. Do something for someone else. Have you ever done a really kind deed without realizing you were doing it and then felt the impact you made after? Sometimes a kind deed doesn’t always have to be donating money or buying the coffee for the person behind you in line. Sometimes a good deed could just be active listening for a friend or holding the door for a new mom struggling to get her stroller through. Try to actively do good for others and you’ll start to see that others will return the favour. You’ll get all the nice warm and fuzzies after too.

What things do you find help you be a happier person?

24 comments on “5 Tips for Living a Happier Life”

  1. I’m working with my teen who complains about not having enough time to read for pleasure. He’s not quite ready to accept the fact that turning off the social media links on his phone would easily give him the time he craves. It’s a process!

    • That’s a tough one Melissa! I think we’re all guilty of spending way too much time on our phones! Just unplugging for a bit can really help you get back to some basic hobbies 🙂

  2. Hi Kim! Thanks for this, I need to learn how to slow down. I feel like I’m trying to rush to finish everything to meet goals, but I need to learn how to just soak everything in and just live day by day too.

  3. I have finally learned to say no recently and it has been the best thing to happen to me in a long time. I’m finally rid of some things that I don’t enjoy and have been stressing me out.

  4. I love this Kim. And number 3 is my absolute favorite. I love taking the time to enjoy my family. Cutting all social media and electronics out of the house and just enjoying my family. Best feeling in the world.. Pinned!

  5. Great list. Slowing down is a big one for me. I need to slow down. I’m always on the go

  6. These are such great tips! I really need to learn to say no, I think it will eliminate a huge portion of my stress!

  7. Great tips! My husband and I are also working on #2! Guess what it has been strengthening our marriage because now we can spend extra time together. 🙂 Bonus!

    • That’s great! That’s really important too – setting aside time for the things that matter and letting go of the things that don’t! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  8. Great advice Kim. It’s true, do more of what you love. I hate the dishes, so I now have the kids help clean them and unload the dishwasher too. One simple thing can help add an extra smile 🙂 Pinned!

  9. Great advice! I really need to work on saying no. It can be difficult sometimes though! I also love the first one. It’s amazing how such a simple idea really can make you feel so much happier!

  10. Great advice Kim. I like # 5 the best. Focusing on someone else’s needs is a great way to get out of a rut. Just watched a beautiful video along these lines (Google ‘The Inspirational Video Everyone Should Live By ► AmazingLife247’ if interested). Maybe it’s just because I’m so pregnant but it made me cry and laugh all at the same time :P. Lots of the videos they post are pretty good. They remind me to try to be good to people. My current thing is trying to let people cut in when the traffic’s really bad and they’re trying to get out of a side street/driveway. I always MASSIVELY appreciate this when it’s done for me.

    • Lisa, so glad you like the advice although you are definitely a role model for #5. I can’t think of anyone else who practices this more than you do! Thank you for being my inspiration every day!

  11. In the last few years I’ve gotten a bit friend snobbish- that is, I try to find and be around those who have some stability in their lives and are generally content. I don’t mind helping others but sometimes certain friends can wear you out with their issues!
    The other thing is, try to do new things every once in awhile. Never been in a kayak? Try it, or take up art lessons, classes…learn about something you’ve always wanted to do. It feeds your soul.

    • I like the try new things because I’ve had a lot of fun pushing myself to do new things especially with the blog. And I think having hobbies contributes to your happiness because it adds to your life’s purpose. I also agree that you want to keep good company or else that would definitely affect your happiness! Great builds Sara 🙂

  12. Yes to all of these! #1 is the main reason I had to leave my old career and go back to school. I try to practice #4 most days, and I’m looking forward to doing more of #3 when I’m out of school 🙂

    • I’m so glad you followed your heart Laura and even though it’s been a lot of extra work in the short term it will pay off in the long term which is much more of your life! Now you can enjoy your work!

  13. SO true- Love these tips Kim! A great reminder for me… slowing down and saying no is really hard for me, but in the end SO important for my family 🙂

    • Thanks Rebecca and thanks so much for sharing on Facebook! Sometimes it just takes a little reminder to slow down. I know being off on maternity leave has helped me in that respect.

  14. I love this advice – all so good! Especially saying “no” – it is so liberating! I feel the most happy when I live in the moment – regardless of WHAT that moment is – I feel complete when I am fully present!

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