The Happiness Checklist

Thanks to Twitter, I’ve found a new website with lots of interesting info to devour. It’s called Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

Here’s one of my favorite posts so far:

10 Things to Make You Happy Every Day

  1. Get out in nature.
  2. Exercise
  3. Spend time with family and friends
  4. Express gratitude
  5. Meditate
  6. Get enough sleep 
  7. Challenge yourself
  8. Laugh
  9. Touch someone
  10. Be optimistic

Check out the site for more details on each one.

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I’ve written down this list on a tiny Post-It -- a challenge to get it all on there -- and taped it to my kitchen window, next to my current writing spot. (See it there beneath the reindeer?)

So far today, I’ve accomplished #4, but I’m optimistic I can get at least eight of them in today. Since I’ve just taken care of #10 with that statement, two down! 

If you were wondering, meditating and getting enough sleep are the tough ones for me. (One of the most interesting recommendations of the original post was to set an alarm to remind you when it's time to GO to bed, not just when it's time to wake up. Although I confess I did that yesterday and I still didn't go to bed on time.)

How about you? Can you make these ten things an every day habit?