There are tons of blog posts out there that talk about what you can do everyday to be happy. A lot of them are bullshit and aren’t realistic such as doing the dishes, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, smiling more or taking a walk outside. Here is my anti-bullshit list of things I do everyday that make me happy. Enjoy!
I love to sing and I’m pretty damn good at it! My angelic voice would blow Simon Cowel’s mind, it would make Demi Lavato fall in love with me, and it would cause the biggest on-screen argument between Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera – probably not. But the fact that I’m not the best singer in the world doesn’t stop me from trying to be. I don’t just sing in the shower or in the car – safe from embarrassment and awkward looks from strangers – I sing in public and sometimes I sing loudly. My friends can attest to that.
2. People watch
People watching is by far the most entertaining aspect of life. The well of human stupidity is endless and everyday something catches my eye that actually makes me laugh out loud – not the online type of “LOL” when you are not actually “laughing” but just blowing excessive air through your nose or mouth.
People that know me understand that I love to joke around. Whether it is making a subtle comment about a situation that happens on BART or while walking downtown or telling stories that make people laugh. People say I’m a great storyteller – I appreciate that. By the way, one of my best tricks that I use when I’m telling a story and it is about to bomb is to say “…and then I found $20 on the ground!” Turns the shitty story into the best story ever and you walk away with your head held high.
I could be cliché and say that it’s not really work if you love what you’re doing – forget that, it’s all work, I just love doing it. If you are stuck in a shitty 9-5 job that you dread waking up in the morning for then go find something new. You need to find it inside yourself to make that change and anything is possible. That big win – closing a million dollar account or getting that promotion – doesn’t come all the time while working but I try to find little wins that satisfy me throughout the day. Whether it is finishing a daily task faster than the day before, optimizing a sales funnel or even finding an amazing gif online to share with my co-workers. Either way have fun with your work and have that perfect work/life balance.
Obviously science has proven that 30 minutes of exercise a day does induce positive moods. I mean, have you ever felt bad after an amazing workout? But what I do is a little different. Yes, I go on my occasional runs in the morning but my nighttime routine is what truly makes me happy. At least five times a week I head over to the El Nino Training Center here in San Francisco. I train Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu every week. I started training in martial arts about two years ago and have absolutely fallen in love. I mean, I took Karate classes when I was five years old but didn’t appreciate the art – and quit. I only regret two things in my entire life, first, quitting martial arts when I was younger and second, settling for an ice cream sandwich for finding and taking care of a lost puppy when I was seven – I totally could have gotten at least $100 out of that owner.
“I believe I can fly!” – yes I just quoted R. Kelly, the R&B singer who peed on a woman while partaking in coitus. But that’s a story for another time. Believe that you can fly. Believe that you can touch the sky. Why – because someone believes in you. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. Failure is inevitable; success only comes after you fail – like 10 times. I’m constantly thinking of ways to better my life – not just in my career, but in a spiritual and intellectual way as well. I don’t ever get down on myself. Stay confident, stay focused and dream a little dream.