Life is truly a gift, and we should really start embracing this gift instead of getting caught up on the things that really don't matter in the long run. My love for life is what has inspired me to write this blog post because it absolutely breaks my heart to know that there are unhappy people out there, when all it takes are a few simple paradigm shifts and they could be happy.

  1. Practice gratitude - A good way to start implementing this is by starting a gratitude journal where you write down what you are grateful for each day. The more appreciation you have for the things that you do have will make you feel better about the things that haven't come your way yet.

  2. Replace your negative thoughts - It is easier for our mind's to develop negative thoughts, so consider this an exercise for your brain. Every time a negative thought comes into your head replace it with a positive one. For example "I'm not good enough" to "I will work to get to where I want to be" or "I can't do this" to "I will give it my best". This exercise will be a game changer in your life, but you have to learn how to catch the negative thoughts and immediately turn them into positive ones, that is the tricky part.

  3. Start doing more of what makes you happy - This may seem like a no brainer but I see so many people who don't do this. If day time baths make you happy, take one before you make dinner. If girl's nights are good for your soul, find a girlfriend to schedule them weekly with. If Chipotle bowls put a smile on your face, treat yourself to lunch 5-7 times a week. :) The point is, whatever makes you happy, make it a priority. Make you a priority.

These are all basic and easily doable steps that you can take to create more happiness in your life. If doing all three right off the bat overwhelms you then try implementing one at a time and see where that takes you.

At the end of the day your happiness is going to determine your quality of life. It is going to be a contributing role in your health, relationships, and perception. Life is too short to spend it unhappy.



Ashlee Bradshaw