I must apologize for a lack of posting recently, but I’ve been a little overwhelmed with the planning and completion of my wedding. Now that I have some more space in the creativity part of my brain to get back to writing blogs at work, the first blog I’m going to post is just sharing from another wonderful blog I recently read.

While this post isn’t necessarily specific to office supplies, you can certainly use office supplies  to take down notes of what you want to do and try! So here it is – a general list of things to do to improve your life in small and big ways. The original list was compiled by an intern at the Rochester Magazine in Rochester, MN – our hometown. I have decided to pick and choose my favorites to share with you. Without further ado, my favorites from 28 Ways To Be Happy.

  • Believe in yourself. As cheesy as it may be, believing in yourself is very important. Whether you’re 16 or 60, there will always be goals you want to achieve and having faith in yourself is going to help more than you know.
  • Try new things. Trying new things can spice up the monotonous school or work week (which is one reason I’m going to start posting some DIY crafts and recipes that I’m trying.. my goal is to try one new thing per week). Have you always wanted to knit? Sign up for a class. What about play an instrument? Pick up an instructional DVD and give it a try.
  • Remember that everyone you meet has a story. Next time you yell at the guy who cut you off in traffic or complain about the distracted barista that made your coffee, remember that every single person you meet has a story (a good quote that I saw once said, “Every person you meet has a story that will break your heart”). You have things going on in your life, and so does everyone else.
  • Be open. Having your own beliefs and such is a necessity, but being open to other peoples’ opinions is just as necessary. Open your mind to other religions, sexual preferences, ways of life, etc. – you don’t have to agree with what the other person is doing, but his or her way of life truly is their own. It doesn’t impact your life, and you can learn a lot just by being open to it.
  • Accept your past. In an interview that my editor conducted (I got to do some grunt work and transcribe his notes), the interviewee said that everyone should be thankful for their past, no matter how impoverished they were. This really struck me, because a lot of people fixate on their past – you got to where you are today because of your past. Embrace it, let it go, accept it.
  • Criticize less. It’s easy to be critical of other people. But doing so just reinforces the negative energy in your life – next time you start to judge someone walking down the street or sitting down next to you at a restaurant, just.. stop. I’ll admit, this is one of the hardest things for me to change. We live in a highly critical society, but that doesn’t mean we have to be highly critical individuals.
  • Skip the news for a day or two.  Being aware of what’s going on in life is important, but the news can be a swirling mess of catastrophe after catastrophe. Skip the Today Show for a day and drink a cup of coffee while watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Or skip the TV completely!
  • Remember that you can say “no.” Saying yes to everything may make you feel like you’re making everyone happy, but saying yes to everything will really just lead to important things slipping through the cracks. You can’t make everyone happy so, if you don’t have time to help your buddy move to Minneapolis or go out to supper for the third time this week, just say no.
  • Remember that you can say “yes.” Have you seen the movie Yes Man? It’s a 2008 comedy with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. If you say no to everything, watch it. Just do it.
  • Laugh. Find humor in everything. The more you laugh, the happier you’ll be. You can actually trick yourself into being happier. Laugh til your sides hurt. Laugh til you cry. Just laugh – at everything, all the time.

Be sure to check out the entire list of 28 Ways To Be Happy here. And don’t be afraid to try some of these!