Many of us get caught up in our day to day lives and end up losing track of who we are and where we are headed. Our well-being often becomes nothing more than an afterthought and we are forced to put more pressing matters ahead of our own needs. Many of us fail to realize that our well-being is inherently correlated to various aspects of life, including our satisfaction with the past, happiness in the present, and our hope and optimism for our future. Therefore, it becomes increasingly more important for us to step back and focus on our own well-being so that we are balancing our needs. Failure to realize the “life-and-well-being-connection” often leads to increasing amounts of stress, unhappiness in both our personal and professional lives, and potentially causing us to completely burn out. However, engaging in daily happiness and kindness activities can substantially improve our well-being.
Here are six happiness and seven kindness activities you can employ daily to improve your well-being:
- Re-Evaluate Happiness
- Ask yourself, what does happiness mean to me? Develop a solid definition and devise ways to help yourself be a happier person.
- Tidy-Up Your Life
- Organize your chaos. Whether it is your desk, inbox, computer files, vehicle, etc. Put things in order, establish new routines, and let things go. You will feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders.
- Focus on Your Strengths
- Too often we focus on our weaknesses or those things we are not so good at. Yet we should focus on the areas in life where we are strong. By focusing on what we do well, we bring the best “US” to the table.
- Have a ME First Attitude
- Do Not confuse this with being selfish, it is solely about appropriate self-care. Self-care is about taking care of our needs first so that we can, in turn, do good things for those around us.
- Let Go of the Little Things
- Many of us become obsessed with details and forget the big picture. Let go of the things that you do not have direct control over. In the long run, you will be better off.
- Capitalize on Opportunities
- Point out the positive and good things that are going on in life. Make a bigger deal of the positive things rather than focusing on the negative. React enthusiastically and show great care for the things that display the best of what is going on.
- Give a Compliment or Say Thank You
- The simplest compliment or a thank you can go a long way to helping someone, who might be having a bad day, feel better.
- Help Others (for free)
- Take time out of your day to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return. It will definitely make you feel like you have just completed a marathon.
- Pick Up Trash
- Take 10 minutes out of your day or off your lunch break to walk outside and pick up some trash. Not only will it make you feel good, it will make your environment healthier.
- Hold the Door Open for Someone
- This is an easy way to not only be helpful but to show respect for someone else.
- Smile or Say Hello
- Like giving a compliment or saying thank you, smiling or saying hello can truly brighten someone’s day.
- Make a New Friend
- Seek out opportunities to meet new people. Learn about their interests and make a new friend.
- Help Someone Learn
- Not everyone has an easy time learning, so taking time to help someone learn a new skill, process, or activity will go a long way to improving your well-being.
As leaders and professionals, it is important that we foster the importance of well-being, happiness, kindness, and positivity in those we lead and to encourage those who lead us to embrace the same philosophy. It is important to remember that what we do as leaders and how we act has a direct effect on not only our well-being but that of others. By being positive and incorporating both happiness and kindness into our daily lives we can encourage others to do the same and thus create thriving communities.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I encourage you to set your mind on doing what makes you happy, being kind to others, fostering positivity, and focusing on the importance of well-being.
I challenge you to go out each day and while focusing on the positive. Do something kind for someone else. We want to know about the great things you are doing for others. Those who reply or share this post or those who tweet #DailyKind14 with a picture of their example of you doing something kind will be entered into a drawing for one of two “100 Ways to Happiness” books by Dr. Timothy J. Sharp.