For most people, myself included, happiness is an ever-evolving target with an immeasurable limit to reach it.

  1. Find comfort within yourself. You are the only person that is guaranteed to be with you your entire life. Whatever you need to forgive yourself for, do it now.
  2. Create boundaries. Whether it be for yourself or others they will come in handy.
  3. Ask questions. Especially to yourself. Idling breeds contempt.
  4. Travel. Either to a new grocery store across town or halfway across the world. Getting out of your comfort zone will add years to your life.
  5. Write. It can be on a blog, in a journal, or in a planner but being able to physically see your thoughts adds a new dimension to your self-reflection.
  6. Read. Anything and everything you can get your hands on. As if every book is the last book.
  7. Go outside. The sun heals.
  8. Do a puzzle. It may not sound fun but they teach an important lesson in energy expenditure. You are not an energizer bunny. Not everything is worth your energy.
  9. Stop apologizing. 
  10. Hug an animal. They just get it.

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