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20 Easy Ways to Be Happier

Tania Khadder & Kayla Baxter

March 10, 2010

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5) Paint Your House or Just Make Something, Anything

The Tech DIY movement has grown really big the last few years primarily because it’s become cheaper to create your own gadgets or fix up your old ones. But making something with your own hands doesn’t have to involve a technical manual. Something simple but tangible like cutting up wood to make a small workbench helps you become more connected with your objects. And it does make you happy.

6) Wake up the Right Way
Are you coffee lover? Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee by investing in a percolator with a programmable timer. Tired of waking up to the shriek of a buzzer or the irritating voice of the talk radio host? Get yourself an alarm clock that wakes you up with natural light and sounds. 

7) Talk About Something New
People tend to get stuck on the same old topics of conversation.  Stimulate your mind and encourage others too by finding one little interesting tidbit a day and starting a conversation by saying, “Did you hear about _________? What do you think?”

8) Refuse to Give Advice
The easiest way to get sucked down the negative spiral is by participating.  Do your friends a favor:  When they start unloading their problems on you, let them figure it out on their own.  The reverse is also true — don’t bore your friends with your problems.  Focus on fun!

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