Stop searching for “happy ever after” and get happy right now

It seems we’re all on the hunt for happiness. Whether it’s a dream job, losing weight or winning the lottery, we all believe there’s one amazing thing that will put a permanent smile on our face. 

But instead of reaching for the improbable dream, why not do little things every day that bring a splash of joy into your life?
 Here are a few things that make me happy right now.

Looking back
They say the past is in the past and that you should never look back.  But I love it when a random memory from my youth pops into my head and gives me something to smile about.  If my brain needs a bit of a memory jog, I treat it to an old photo album or a mix tape created by a long ago friend.

How to get your happy hit
An old movie will always brings a smile to my face – Mary Poppins, Casablanca and Singin’ in the Rain all make me feel good and evoke a time already forgotten by so many. 

Staying in
Snuggling up on the sofa in a fluffy dressing gown clutching a toasty hot water bottle is my idea of a good night in. But I draw the line at a mug of hot cocoa.  Instead I swap a warming beverage for a slinky liqueur served in a swanky glass and head to the virtual bright lights of the online casino.  Most sites offer free play, so I’m not taking any big risks, but I do get a buzz out of playing and it gives me a well deserved break from the usual stresses of life.
  How to get your happy hit...
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Going out
I love being outdoors. Reading a book by a babbling brook while sipping from a flask of tea is one of the most peaceful ways I can think of to spend an hour or two.  Cooking outdoors makes me happy too. I don’t mean burning a man-size steak on the garden grill, but toasting some marshmallows on a stick or baking a foil-wrapped potato in its jacket beneath the still hot embers of an open fire.
  How to get your happy hit
Grab a pile of old postcards and a fountain pen and head off to the park with a picnic blanket. Spend an hour writing quick notes to friends and loved ones and really mean it when you write: Wish you were here . . .

Getting crafty
Creating something new – usually out of something old – can totally absorb me and give me an instant glow.  It’s so satisfying to admire your finished work and when you give your crafts as a gift, you get to bring a smile to someone else’s face too. It’s win/win! 

How to get your happy hit

Paint a pebble, make your own greetings cards or stencil a fabulous image on your bedroom wall. Go to Pinterest, craft shops or the library for more ideas. Even better, join a local craft group.

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