Sometimes happiness is a feeling. Sometimes it is a decision.

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Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Look for small opportunities for happiness in the moment you are in right now. Otherwise, you might run out of time.

We can’t often choose our circumstances, but we can better control our reactions and emotions. Choose small moments of joy.

Don't wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Look for small opportunities for happiness in the moment you are in right now. Otherwise, you might run out of time. We can't often choose our circumstances, but we can better control our reactions and emotions. Choose small moments of joy.

10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Choose Small Moments Of Joy

Below are ten ways for you to be strong and choose joy by either changing the situation or changing your mindset towards it.

10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Choose Small Moments Of Joy

1. Choose to say thank you today.

Take 30-seconds to send a text to someone who has been loving and kind to you recently. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple thank you, “A quick note to let you know I am thinking of you today and grateful you’re a part of my life.”

To all the people who are loving and kind to me. Thank you for the sunshine you bring into my life. #quote *loving this entire blog post

2. Choose to take a walk in the woods.

Consider research from Japan, where scientists have taken hundreds of individuals on “forest walks” and measured a variety of bioindicators related to stress before and after. They’ve found that walks reduce cortisol levels, diminish sympathetic nerve activity, and decrease both blood pressure and heart rate. Head to a local park, get outside, enjoy some solitude among the trees.

Walk yourself out of your bad mood. Studies show that even a 10-minute walk immediately boosts brain chemistry to increase happiness. #choosejoy #happiness *Love this entire post

3. Choose to find beauty in small moments.

Stop focusing on big events — vacation plans, holidays, weekend plans — and start looking for joy in the small moments that happen every day. Pause today and appreciate some of the simple pleasures of life. Enjoy the little things like the smell of freshly ground coffee, a joy of good fiction book, a quiet walk in the woods, or a chance to connect with your family while you make dinner. Gratitude for the simple beauty found within “the everyday” brings joy.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. #quote *Love this quote and this entire post

4. Choose to acknowledge that we’re not supposed to be happy all the time.

Sometimes life hurts and it’s hard; not because you’re not right, but because it hurts for everybody. Use that hurt to move mountains and be sure to search for simple joys in the valleys.

Sometimes life hurts and it's hard. Not because you're not right but because it hurts for everybody. #quote *Love this quote and this entire post

5. Choose to let go of other people’s schedules and expectations.

Wherever you are right now, my friend, is exactly where you need to be. Don’t beat yourself up, rather find joy in the journey.

You are not behind in life. There's no schedule or timetable that we all must follow. It's all made up. #quote *Love this quote and this entire post.

6. Choose to stop should’ing on yourself.

Take a deep breath and let go of the would’ve, should’ve, could’ve that have been weight you down. Forgive yourself.

She took a deep breath and let go of the would've, should've, could've that had been weighing her down. She smiled at how light she felt without them. #quote #selflove *Loving this quote and this entire post.

7. Choose you.

Go into this day with the attitude that your peace, your health of mind and your heart mean more than getting everything else done.

Go into this week with the attitude that your peace, your health of mind, and your heart mean more than getting everything else done. That your smile matters. That feeling rested matters. That holding the hands of your loved ones matter. So pause lots, function at a pace that doesn't pull you apart. Honour the things that make you feel good inside, the things that make you feel alive. Give time to those things this week. Make time the gift it is, by giving it to what really matters to you.

8. Choose to embrace a mediocre life.

Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui, of A Life in Progress, encourages us to ask ourselves…

What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?

She continues, “The world is such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count.

But what if I just don’t have it in me. What if all the striving for excellence leaves me sad, worn out, depleted. Drained of joy. Am I simply not enough?”

READ THE FULL PIECEWhat if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?

All I really want is a small, slow, simple life. A mediocre life. A beautiful, quiet, gentle life. I think it is enough. #quote *Love this quote and this entire post

READ THE FULL PIECEWhat if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?

9. Choose to embrace imperfection.

Being happy and finding joy doesn’t mean everything is perfect; it means you’ve learned to see the beauty in imperfection. Social media makes it easy to believe that there are people around us living “perfect lives.” As we scroll through images on Instagram and Facebook see perfect homes, vacations, and family moments. Steven Furtick reminds us…

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reels.

Remind yourself that your life, and the lives of the people around you, are all beautifully imperfect.

We are all broken, that's how the light gets in. #quote #findjoy *Love this quote and blog post

10. Choose to live life in the present.

Right now is the only moment any of us is guaranteed. We unconsciously look anxiously toward the future or get caught dwelling on mistakes of the past. 

Take a deep breath and look around right now. Your life, your happiness is here in the now. Slow down and stop chasing happiness in the future. It is here in the present moment. Practice experience life in the “here and now.”

Past and future are in the mind. Life is in the now. #bepresent #quote *Love this quote and this entire post!

One final reminder, my friend.

Pause and remember - Every situation is temporary. #quote *Love this quote and this entire post

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Don't wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Look for small opportunities for happiness in the moment you are in right now. Otherwise, you might run out of time. We can't often choose our circumstances, but we can better control our reactions and emotions. Choose small moments of joy.
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