How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
~ Find three things to look forward to this year.
~ Make time today to do something kind for yourself.
~ Do a kind act for someone else to help to brighten their day.
~ Write a list of things you feel grateful for in life and why.
~ Look for the good in others and notice their strengths.
~ Take five minutes to sit still and just breathe.
~ Learn something new and share it with others.
~ Say positive things to the people you meet today.
~ Get moving. Do something physically active (ideally outdoors).
~ Thank someone you're grateful to and tell them why.
~Switch off all your tech two hours before bedtime.
~ Connect with someone near you — share a smile or chat.
~ Be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes.
~ Take a different route today and see what you notice.
~ Eat healthy food which really nourishes you today.
~ Get outside and notice five things that are beautiful.
~ Contribute positively to a good cause or your community.
~ Focus on what's good, even if today feels tough.
~ Get back in contact with an old friend you miss.
~ Go to bed in good time and give yourself time to recharge.
~ Take a small step towards an important goal.
~ Try out something new to get out of your comfort zone.
~ Plan something fun and invite others to join you.
~ Put away digital devices and focus on being in the moment.
~ Decide to lift people up rather than put them down.
~ Say hello to a neighbor and get to know them better.
~ Challenge your negative thoughts and look for the upside.
~ Ask other people about things they've enjoyed recently.
~ Use one of your personal strengths in a new way.
~ Count how many people you can smile at today.
~ Write down your hopes or plans for the future.
"Happiness is when what you think, what you
say, and what you do are in harmony." ~ Gandhi