Real Simple had a great article for January about being happier. When I read the title I thought it would be a little cheesy or self-helpish, but it actually gave 9 great practical tips to enjoy life more.
Some were random tasks, like lowering the thermostat in your house or making your bed in the morning; but there were two tips that stuck out to me.
1. Don't dwell- ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you that I have a hard time getting over things. Sometimes is plays out as sweet sentimentality and but often it's just an inability to focus on what really matters. One of my many flaws. My friend Emily always reminds me to tell myself "on to the next!" There are more important things in life than analyzing every intention behind every word in a hard conversation, or feeling like I ruined a perfectly good day because I wish I would have spent an hour of it differently, or regretting a purchase because I found it for 50 cents cheaper somewhere else.- Much needed and good advice for the year to come.
2. Limit your options- confession...I added it up and I have spent more than 10 hours over the past week in fabric stores or online pondering what type of curtains I should have in my living room determined to find the absolute best option and best price in town and on the world wide web. Reasons this is overkill... A. We rent- so it's not a permanent investment anyway. B. I still have a set of curtains in the back of my car that I need to return and don't have any actually hung over my window. C. They're just curtains.
Maybe I should stick these tips on my fridge so I don't forget them before next year....or next week. Hopefully, next time I am dwelling over a non-important issue, Adam will remind me "Remember when you blogged about that article about not dwelling on things and limiting your options? That was good advice."