Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 07:00 a.m., then 06:00 a.m., then 05:30 a.m. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier – start with 11:00 p.m., then 10:00 p.m., then 09:00 p.m. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. Erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast, fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.
6. Buy a one-litre water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.
8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear drawer into the washing machine. Put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. Make your bed in full.
9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes and bag what you don’t want, clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. Ppush yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Ssmile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog’s behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog.
12. Message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. Suggest a catch-up soon, even if you don’t follow through. Push yourself to follow through.
14. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Boarding school? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything.
15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole da,y, then two, then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing.Open your eyes. Take small steps to make it happen for you.
— Emma Elsworthy

7 thoughts on “Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness

  1. I love what you wrote, “Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story.” The power of our connections to others is infinite and empowering! Thank you for this inspiring article this morning!

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