Decide to live happier
1) Could you spend more time with the people you care about?
As humans, we need close bonds with other people to thrive – being with people in real life is key to healthy, happy relationships and lives.
2) What are you grateful for?
Being grateful for what we already have has been shown to have a long-lasting impact on our happiness. Is it your family, your friends, your pets? Your health, your home?
3) Could you give your time to something you care about (e.g. volunteering)?
When we do things that benefit other people, this has a big impact on our own wellbeing. This kind of happiness is much more deep-rooted than the short buzz we get from buying something new.
4) Could you buy less stuff and be wise about what you do buy?
The easiest way to be good to yourself, the planet and other people is simply to buy less stuff. And when you do buy stuff, be smart about what you buy. There are some useful questions to think about below.
Why do I want this?
Who is trying to sell this to me?
Do I trust the brand or source?
Can I afford it?
Do I need it?
Do I already have something similar?
When will I use it?
Will I be using this item this time next year?
Am I only buying this because my friends are?
How long will it last?
What’s it made of?
Who made it?
Where did it come from?
Was it made sustainably?
Will it improve my life?
Could I get this second hand?
What’s the company’s record like on human rights? Sustainability?
Why is it so cheap? (Who is paying the real cost?)