Things are looking up once again. It’s time to make sure that no matter what is going on in the world, we take control of our own lives and our own happiness. Here are 5 ways to live a happier life. Happiness is a choice after all. These tips will help you get started on the road to happiness.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep means that you should not be getting too much or too little, but just the right amount for you. Each person is different. Some may need 7 hours, some may need 8 or 9. You should know your sweet spot by now. Getting too little sleep can leave you cranky and irritable. You won’t function at your top level. Getting too much sleep can make you feel sluggish or lazy, and you miss out on part of the day. Getting enough sleep will help you be more productive and energetic, and you’ll feel happier.

2. Always Have Something To Look Forward To

Make plans — fun plans — and do interesting things. Follow your interests, pursue knowledge, and learn new things. Keep your mind active. Schedule future activities like road trips, dinner parties, vacations, holidays, quiet time, whatever makes you happy. Put these things on your calendar, and you will always have something to look forward to that will make you happy. The keys to a happier life are in your choices.

3. Put Money Away for an Emergency

The greatest thing to happen in the modern finance and banking world, in my opinion, is automatic savings. You can schedule a certain dollar amount to be pulled from your checking account and put into your savings account each month, week, every two weeks, however often you choose. Your savings will grow on autopilot. This way if you need to repair your car, or get a new computer, or something suddenly comes up, you have an emergency fund. Trust me. This extra fund can be a life saver, and will relieve some anxiety around money.

4. Get Comfortable With Discomfort

To achieve your dreams you have to be brave. You have to be willing to do the hard things. Being brave means looking at the tough choice and not backing away. You may not think you are ready to do whatever it is you want to do. But the only way you will be ready is to do it. You may want to start a podcast but you don’t know how. You learn how by starting a podcast. You may not think you’re ready to be a mother. But you learn how to be a mom by having a baby. There is an excellent quote by Max Depree, a successful businessman and author, “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” Get used to trying new things. Get comfortable with challenging yourself.

5. Think Positive

All of the obstacles in your life that you may feel are holding you back, are really mindset issues. We all know what we need to do in order to lose weight, get a promotion, become financially secure, find love, and all of the other things we all want. The answer to these wants and needs is to develop a positive mindset. It takes practice. Start by celebrating small achievements and wins. Use positive language when you talk about the things you want. Open yourself up to life. Negative thoughts never got anyone anywhere. Practice positivity.

I hope you enjoyed this list of 5 ways to live a happier life. Let me know if you have any to add. I love to learn from you too.