Put these ideas into practice and you'll be amazed by the results.
1. Set boundaries at work.
If you are feeling frustrated, stressed or overwhelmed at work, your boundaries might be too porous. Practice identifying, asking for and keeping important boundaries.
2. Become a happiness broadcaster
What you put out comes back to you. The next time someone asks you how you are, instead of just saying ‘fine,’ why not respond with something positive and meaningful? It’s a way to build a stronger connection to that person.
3. Invest in your own wellbeing
Quick wellness tip: If you want to feel more energetic and motivated, try going to bed one hour earlier. Many Americans are sleep deprived, and don’t even know it.
4. Create a new tiny habit
If you want to read that book on your desk but feel overwhelmed by the thought, scale back to something very small. Start by reading just 10 pages a day, every day. Simple tasks require far less motivation and willpower to follow through.
5. Make a success list
We all have patterns in our lives. The key is to identify, create and repeat the patterns or behaviors that continually lead to success.
6. Spruce up your workspace
Prevent a monthly pile-up of paperwork and files by decluttering your desk on a weekly basis. It will give you an inner sense of calm.
7. Be aware of what’s going on with your teenager
If you see your teenage son or daughter behaving differently than usual, it’s a red flag. Learn how to identify the hallmarks of depression, and to discern the difference between a serious disorder and normal teen angst.
8. Ease stress for the whole family
American families today are time-starved and stressed. Try to establish schedules and routines, and stick to them. Consistency and predictability help control your home environment and can ease stress for the whole family.
9. Talk back to ‘the voice’
Use positive self-talk to combat self-doubt and the nagging negative voice inside your head—the one that tells you you’re not good enough.
10. Take happiness seriously
If you want anything in life, you have to study it! Become a student of happiness by reading one of our top-10 recommended books on the subject.