You've probably seen all those stories and posts about ways to be happy or happier. Most of those tips can be summed up into one idea.

"5 Ways to be a Happier Person," "10 Tips to Instantly Feel Better," or "13 Things to Avoid to Be Happy," - We're sure you have seen these types of stories all over the Internet. Even if you're already a generally happy person, we're sure you have clicked on a few of them - Who doesn't want to be happier, right?

Now, we're not knocking these stories - There is nothing wrong with them, and if the advice they offer help you become a happier person then it's all worth it. We're actually looking at one article in particular...

Circulating on Facebook was a post called "Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness." We decided to look into it and read the advice - which was really good. Some of the ideas included making sure you took time out of your day to stretch, and go for a walk to get fresh air, and this one:

get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

Pretty good way to start your day, right? And definitely some good advice - To become happy, you have to start your day off the right way. There was something we noticed with all these suggestions, and it ties into other articles on happiness as well.

Almost every piece of advice on being happy had this one thing in common...

Most of them talked about TAKING YOUR TIME.

Look at the suggestion above. It's about enjoying a breakfast and gets into detail about being in the moment. Same with stretching and going for a walk - You're taking a piece out of your day and making time for yourself. Not only that, but you're doing something that gives you a chance to live in the moment - To take in the little details on life.

That's what a lot of these articles end up suggesting - "curl up with a good book," "take a long, relaxing bath," "go out to eat some place new" - It's all about living in the moment and slowing down your own time.




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