In today’s world, it is not hard to sink into unnecessary depression and life’s frustrations. Many people, across all ages, are struggling with self-fulfillment and happiness. Though everyone defines happiness differently, and it is hard to derive a common source of happiness, this list is derived from the life experiences of the greatest and happiest people who ever lived and from research on the psychology of happiness. It is my personal experience that incorporating one or all) of the tips below makes one happier, more productive and fulfilled with life.
“Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.” Ray Dalio- (Billionaire/Founder Bridgewater Associates- Largest hedge fund firm in the world)
Feed your soul everyday with spirituality – In his book ‘From Ambition to Meaning’, a celebrated spiritual leader and prolific psychologist, Dr. Wayne Dyer says that mediation or any form of progressive spirituality breeds happiness. As people grow older, they tend to value spirituality and they are observed to be happier. Meditation is a form of spirituality. Learning how to meditate and setting time to meditate everyday will make you join millions of people around the world who have discovered the energy, joy and relaxation that comes with meditation. Meditation amazingly and instantly increases your energy, calms your mind and soul while boosting your immune system. It is the best way to cure depression and get through a rough time. Learn how to meditate, and then do it for an hour every day.
You stop living the moment you stop learning.
The most successful people in life read every day, anything and everything. Reading makes for great entertainment and feeds the mind. Reading is the easiest way of learning in the 21st Century. A person who learns nothing cannot survive. It unveils new worlds never experienced or imagined before. Whatever your age, you will be more intelligent and fulfilled by picking and reading a book, whatever your age. Read the greatest novels ever written, read the Bible if you are a Muslim, read the Quran if you are a Christian, read a book on psychology, astronomy, history, you will be amazed how your life gets transformed.
Did you know there is a possibility of moving in time, to the future or to the past? Then read ‘A Brief History of Time by a contemporary theoretical physics genius Stephen Hawking.
Whether fiction or non-fiction, the internet is filled with free access to literature for you to read. Download Kindle or the Moon reader app from your phone, download eBooks and read every day. With time you will get to enjoy it, be more knowledgeable, happier, and productive in your life.
Take time to read, everyday.
Some say inside everyone, there’s a book. We all have a story to tell. It maybe through a song, a book, humour, drawing, poetry or other creative forms, regardless of form, just tell your story.
Man is in his element when he is creating and therefore creativity is the hallmark of happiness. Nothing would give you more joy than looking at your completed article or book, your drawing, a song you have sung or even a house you have built.
Take time to create something every day. Write every day, mould, draw, create a machine, create a blog on WordPress, take a passion in animal or nature photography, or record a song.
Just create things, and when they are complete, build others, that will definitely make you happy, everyday.
Learn New Skills/Have a New Experience Everyday
Make time to learn a new language, maybe French… or Spanish… or German or maybe learn a new accent. Learn how to play a musical instrument, maybe a guitar, how to drive, how to draw, how to play golf, or chess, or how to swim… every day.
Have a new experience every day, talk to new people, travel to new places, take a walk to a new place and appreciate nature. Just learn something new,, everyday.
You affect your productivity and happiness and reduce your energy and moods when you skip a meal. A key part of happiness that people ignore is healthy dieting. Make sure you have the required amount of nutrients by check what you eat and drink. You will feel happier, fulfilled and act more energetic throughout the day.
Exercising daily- run, jog or go to the gym. Creating a workout plan will create more discipline in your life, boost your physical and mental energy levels and of course you will look great.
Keep off drugs- Alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and all types of drugs alter the natural feel and functioning of your mind, soul and body. Quitting smoking will increase your senses, increases your energy and you feel happier and free in life.
Many who seek to be productive in life wrongly consider sleep as a period of inactivity. Sleep gives your body the needed rest to recreate and heal itself while helping your mind grow and store information acquired throughout the day. Sleep time is as important as your ‘awake’ time. It is not a period of inactivity but one of recharging yourself. People who sleep well every day fell like new-born every morning. Take 6.5 to 8 hours to sleep calmly and uninterrupted every day.
Keep an everyday schedule – Your life only gets purpose through organization. Knowing what and when to do things frees one from distractions and procrastination. My schedule includes one hour of meditation at 4.00 am, an hour of writing, an hour of reading as I make breakfast, 30 minutes of morning grooming, then five hours for commitment activities such as work and lectures, a 30 minute lunch, two hours of activities in my to do list (such as visiting a friend, attending a meeting etc., prepare a presentation for a motivational talk, etc.) two hours of learning a new skill, then I have a 1 hour evening workout from 6.00 pm, an hour for dinner while listening to classical music, an hour from 8.00 pm to do any activities I carried home in the day (such as a work report, coursework, or marking student scripts when I’m teaching), then I have an hour of watching a movie, watching news and getting on social media before resting to sleep at 10.00pm.
Keep a budget to help you manage and control your finances. Further, keep a timed To Do List and appropriately fix those things in your activities section of your daily schedule in order to achieve them. My To Do List currently includes ‘Update my CV by this weekend’,’ Write UNDP research paper’ by 17th July, ‘Post Blog Article today’, ‘Do Online Course Topic Tomorrow’, ‘Go to Uganda by End of September’. Over the past month, I have achieved ‘ Learn French’ (making some good progress), ‘Learn how to Draw from Imelda’ (Done), ‘Buy New Boots’ (Done), ‘Date a girl I like’ (Almost done😉 ) .
Setting timed goals and targets and putting them on paper is an effective way of motivating and tracking your progress toward their achievement.
People who do not keep a schedule do not have defined goals have, they have no direction in life and are less happy and less fulfilled with their lives.
Finally, whether you are studying or working, there is always time. If you create a schedule today, you’ll be amazed that you can find time to meditate, read, and have new experiences, be creative, exercise, work or study and sleep healthily, all in one day.
That is how to living a long, happy, productive and fulfilling life.