7 ways to be happy right now

7 ways to be happy right now

via Forbes by David Rae

Do you need to win the lottery to be happy? Will finding your soulmate make you happier than you have ever been before? Would buying a new car, a new outfit, or a larger home hold the key to everlasting happiness? While most people are aware that money can’t actually buy happiness, they still hold out hope that more money will improve your mood and your life. I’m going to share with you seven ways to be happier right now, that don’t have to cost much if anything.

You may be wondering, why is a financial planner writing about happiness? The bottom line is that it is my job as your financial guide to help you live your best life possible. Yes, much of financial planning does deal with numbers, budgets, investing, and anything else money, but it boils down to helping you reach your various life goals. Hopefully, the end result will be some level of happiness and an enjoyable life.

In my experience helping people live happier, healthier, and wealthier lives, the best results come when these amazing people are already relatively happy. We are just helping them become happier. Similarly, more luck seems to come their way when they look at things with a positive outlook. Conversely, people who are already miserable to seem to get dealt the worst hands life has to offer over and over again. Improving your outlook and happiness can help bring more joy and wealth into your life.

I just finished reading the book The Happiness Equation – Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by New York Times Bestselling author Neil Pasricha. Today we are going to share his seven secrets to being happier right now. If you enjoy this post, make sure to check out the whole book, it is a nice and enjoyable read.

Here are Seven Ways to Be Happier Today, Tomorrow and Beyond:

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Living a happier, healthier and wealthier life does not have to cost much money. GETTY

Happiness Tip 1: Three Walks

If you are like me, you feel better after getting some exercise. The happiness equation suggests taking a brisk 30-minute walk at least three times per week.  Can you spare 90 minutes per week to improve your happiness?

Beyond improving your happiness level, this should also help improve your health. So a win-win, in my book at least.

Happiness Tip 2: The 20-Minute Replay

According to the Happiness Equation, writing for just 20-minutes about a positive experience can dramatically improve your happiness level. You may be thinking; I can’t spare 20-minutes to write something, come on, I know some of you spend more than twenty minutes composing a Tweet or Instagram post. I’ll compromise here with you, start by spending just twenty minutes photoshopping some fab image from a happy moment in your day.

All kidding aside, research has shown that couples who write about their relationship just twenty minutes per day were more likely to stay together. Assuming this a positive relationship, I think it is safe to assume that staying together will bring more joy and happiness into your life…

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