Friday, November 9, 2018

10 Things I'm Going to Do to Be Happier

After my mini rant yesterday, I figured the only one who can change my situation is me.  So in an effort to be happier, I decided I should do the following things...

  1. I came across this self improvement list and figure I would read through it and try to implement some of the suggested tips.
  2. I'm going to cut WAY back on the news.  I'm kind of a news junkie but ingesting bad news 24/7 can't be good for me.  So I will skip the morning and afternoon news (and most online news) and just catch the evening local and national news.  That should be enough news to catch the headlines but not be hammered over and over with negative news.
  3. I really need to cut back on caffeine.  It makes me jittery (and fat since my caffeine comes with a healthy dollop of ice cream/cream/milk).
  4. I need to walk every single day.  I get lazy and have skipped walking a lot lately but our weather is perfect for walking and the endorphins are a nice bonus.
  5. I need to create more and consume less.  I feel better creating (writing, website design) than I do consuming (watching YouTube, redditing, etc).
  6. I need to connect more with people.  I generally find people tiring but I need to put more effort into connecting with people in small ways (like sending birthday cards or making positive comments on people's FB pages).
  7. I need to volunteer.  Before we moved to Vegas I was volunteering all over the place.  Since we have moved here I haven't volunteered much but I really do like helping people and it is a good way to take the focus off of all of the negative things that are happening and focus on the positives of making a difference in people's lives.
  8. I need to read Daily Word everyday.  This is a religious website that isn't heavy-handed religion.  Rather it is always has positive messages and is a good way to start the day.
  9. I need to improve my diet.  I waver between WFPB vegan and falling off the (health) wagon way too often.  I need to go vegan and STICK WITH IT!
  10. I need to get more into my hobbies.  Again, I get kind of lazy and don't go out and do but there are so many amazing opportunities to focus on hobbies here (we have a wonderful genealogy library, there are tech meet ups, there are hiking groups) and again, this is another way to focus on doing fun things instead of focusing on negative news.


  1. Sounds like a good list for me too. Good step juste thinking aboutbit and becoming aware. Inspiring post!

  2. This is a great list! I'm trying as well on many of these, particularly #2. It's been ROUGH. I also really like #5. Do you meditate? Have you tried it? I use a guided meditation (Headspace app) & really find it useful.

    1. I haven't meditated before but will definitely give it a try. I haven't heard of Headspace so will definitely check it out. Thanks!