12 ways to more happiness

12 ways to more happiness

Does life and work seem drab? Here are 12 ways to shake things up, avoid mediocrity and feel great everyday.

by Kevin Daum for Inc.com 

The clock ticks by; the day seems to drag along. You can sort of feel the drudgery. You are getting work done but it's mindless and unsatisfying. It doesn't matter that the workday is nearly over because even the time outside of work doesn't seem very interesting anymore. Maybe you are somewhat disillusioned or uninspired. Things aren't really horrible, they just feel… well, sort of blah!

No need to panic. There are plenty of ways to make life fun and meaningful. Here are my favorites. Trying even a few is sure to spice things up. Do them all and you will never feel blah again.

1. Go Learn Something New

You can learn something simple from an online class or something involved like a new language. Either way you'll stimulate your mind and enjoy accomplishment.

2. Compete Hard for a Promotion

Many people just assume they are entitled to promotion, but why not work hard for it? The preparation and lobbying will give you thrills and energy. Especially if you win.

3. Start a Business

You don't have to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. But even creating an Etsy store can inspire you to think in new ways and add extra money to your wallet.

4. Engage With Nature

A sterile cubicle can suck the life out you. Go camping in the wilderness or boating on a lake. The views, color, and fresh air will regenerate your energy… naturally.

5. Do Something that Frightens You

Nothing says excitement like a little adrenaline.  Try skydiving or public speaking.  Even a sober trip to the karaoke bar can give you a new jolt of self-confidence that will energize you…

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