In today’s fast paced world, it appears we are all chasing after something or the other, whether it be a new car, the mortgage on the house, or the new television for the living room. But what fascinates me is that most of us believe that these things really will be the key to true happiness. That they would change our lives for the better. When the crux of the matter is that, happiness is not just a [insert materialistic item] away. Has your new and larger house truly ever made you happy and changed your life for the better? Not if you weren’t already happy to begin with. The issues of your life remain the same. Your thought processes remain the same. A material possession wouldn’t alter that. Happiness comes from within. One of my favorite quotes pertaining to happiness says just that, “I feel like people get lost when they think of happiness as a destination.” So, today let us discuss how you can be happier and transform your lives in the process.

10. Breathe

It seems like something we are always doing, right? Well, sure. In a manner of speaking. But what of when we get stressed? The shallow breathing associated with stress affects our thinking process also. It is then that we need to take a step back, extricate our minds from the stress of the situation, and breathe. I know this can often be easier said than done. Stress and troubled times come to us all in various forms. They are a part of life. But when anxiety and frustration threatens to consume you, take a short break, sit down and avail that time to inhale deeply through your nose. Exhale with your mouth. The deep breaths will relax your muscles, improve concentration and calm your mind. Repeat this a few times, and thus allow the simple act of breathing to soothe you.