Happiness

Making time for things that you enjoy is more important than you might think.

Oftentimes we get so busy with life doing the day-to-day tasks, finishing deadlines, rushing through projects and hurrying onto the next thing on the agenda that we forget to stop and enjoy life.

But taking the time to do things that we love is important –not only for our short-term happiness, but also for our mental and emotional well-being. Here are a few reasons why doing something that you love each day is important.

More Motivation

When you do something that you love every day your motivation will improve. Having something to look forward to, especially on those days when everything is going wrong can give you a much-needed boost of motivation to help you make it through the difficult spots.

Improved Health

You’ve probably heard that laughter is the best medicine. Happiness and laughter offer a tremendous number of health benefits. Laughter relaxes your body, reduces stress, and boosts your immune system. Doing something that you love everyday will increase your happiness –which can lead to overall improved health. A good laugh can help to relieve physical tension and stress, and leave your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards.

Increased Productivity

Doing something you enjoy every day helps to make you more productive. When you have something to look forward to every day, your workload will feel lighter, and you will be more motivated to complete your tasks and deadlines on time. Almost like a small reward, doing something you love everyday will spur you on throughout the day, keeping you on track and working towards your goals.

A New Outlook

Doing something enjoyable everyday can help to improve your outlook on life. Getting stuck in the same routine can lead to feelings of frustration and despair, but breaking out of routine to do something enjoyable everyday can leave you feeling refreshed, and ready to take on the world.

Better Relationships

When we’re happy and feeling revived, we’re able to spend more time and energy on others. Being able to take a genuine interest in others can lead to stronger relationships. When doing things that you enjoy, why not invite a friend or loved one to do the activity with you? This can be a great way to connect and will allow you to accomplish two things at once –developing relationships, while finishing things that are important to you.

While you may be tempted to say you don’t have time, or will do it later, it’s important to make time to do things that you enjoy. Even if it’s something small, and simple –like talking a 20-minute walk or spending a few minutes catching up with a friend. No matter what it is, the important thing is that it will give you something to look forward to, and will provide a much-needed break from your usual routine.

Don’t let your time get constantly pushed aside. Remember: that your time is important –and It’s important to take the time to do the things that you love –to help you make it through the tasks that you may not enjoy so much. Doing one thing that you enjoy will help to give you a stronger appreciation for life, and help you to be more able to face the difficult tasks as well.

What about you? Have you found doing something that you enjoy that offers tangible benefits? What’s something that you love to look forward to? Share with us in the comments.

Image: Moyan Brenn

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