Can one become happy in a minute or less? I have found there are a couple of easy steps to follow to put yourself in a happier mood much of the time. Of course, there are times everyone feels sad but this exercise helps me raise my happiness level.
1) Thou shalt not judge. Not others, not yourself, not situations. No good nor bad. There just is. It is just life.
2) Live in the now, this moment only. Do not waste time regretting the past or worrying about the future. Experience this moment only as much as possible. Life is made up of moments. Don’t lose any.
3) Give thanks for all you have now and all that is coming. Appreciate this life for it is a gift. Look around you and notice what there is to be thankful for.
4) Think about something you love or like a lot. Something that makes you happy. A food, a person, a pet. Think of them or it. Study them carefully. Feel what it feels like to be around them or it. To touch them. Only think about how nice it makes you feel, if they are not here now or are, it doesn’t matter. We are after the feeling of joy it brings you. Look closely at them. If it is a chocolate cream cake, taste it. Look at the texture. If it is a pet, smile when you play. A baby, smile when you pick them up.
OK. You should be feeling pretty happy now. Hold on to that feeling for as long as you can. Repeat the exercise whenever you want. And find different things to love in future exercises.