When I feel bored or stuck in some way learning something new is the thing that best helps me to shift that negative feeling. Learning excites me. It always has. That’s one of the reasons that I loved school so much and why research appealed to me as a career and why I’m passionate about working with people – because there is always something to learn. What’s great is that it’s a resource that is never ending. It is truly endless.
Its normal for us humans to stick to what we know. It feels safer sometimes. But safe does not equate to growth, to finding more fulfilling ways to do things, to expanding our horizons, to creating greater happiness. And it does not have to be hard to learn new things – quite the opposite it true.
5 easy and simple things you could learn about today that would increase your happiness quotient
- Learn about you
Getting to know yourself is one of the biggest happiness tools that there are. We are on a continuous journey and we are evolving. What makes you happy right now? Here is a happiness questionnaire for you. It should help focus your mind on the things you love and why you love them. The purpose of this? So that you can concentrate on doing more of them and appreciating them in the now!
- Learn about a famous person
Is there someone you have always admired from afar but don’t really know why? Just spend a few minutes today doing a little research about them. Wikipedia them. Its good to have role models and heroins. People who inspire us. Who are yours?
- Learn about your local area
How much do you know and appreciate the area in which you live? Are there places you would like to visit but have never got round to? Do a little bit of research and plan a trip to someone in your local area. Sometimes we forget the resources we have around us. Learning about places can inspire us to branch out.
- Learn about a hobby
Is there a hobby that you have always wanted to have a go at but never really looked into it that deeply? Sometimes learning a little can spur you into a really motivated frame of mind, where instead of thinking and wondering, you take action and try things out. Spend a few minutes today looking into that hobby. What would be involved? Are there classes in your local area? Could you join a local group? Can you find inspiring blog posts on that hobby? I love dancing and I’ve been known to learn hip-hop moves off Youtube whilst preparing the evening meal!
- Learn a practical skill
Is there something that you have always meant to learn that would be really easy but you have never got round to? A cooking technique perhaps, how to tie a particular knot, how to grow tomatoes. The list could be endless. Learning practical skills can make life so much easier. I remember when I first learnt to wire a plug – it was an amazing revelation to me. So easy and yet so useful. Now I use Youtube all the time when I need to learn a practical skill. You can guarantee that whatever you need to learn you will find someone there that has had the desire to show the world how to do it. Easy.
I’m going to learn how to make Sticky Toffee Pudding as the only puddings I ever seem to make are Apple Crumble and Apple Tart!
What could you learn today that would make your life happier and easier?