7 Simple Ways to Bring Joy and Happiness to Your Daily Life

by Toni Malt

Having joy and happiness every day seems to be quite a simple goal. However, when you
observe how a lot of women go about their daily lives, it appears like they simply do not have
the time for anything that can make them feel cherished, content and grateful.
They mechanically move from one task to another, worried that they will fail at meeting the
demands for their time and skills. Therefore, “smile pursuits” simply have no place in their
everyday routine.
A life that is low on positive thoughts and feelings is no way to live. It is a breeding ground of
serious health issues and it can, likewise, have a detrimental effect on the lives of the people
around you.
Here’s the thing, you deserve a good life.
Whatever you may be going through, you deserve to have joy and feel happy. However, you
need to exert effort and make time for it. Little changes in the way you think and go about your
day to day life can actually have a huge impact.
Here are some of the tweaks that you can execute to create joy and happiness every day.

1. Give thanks.
Count your blessings; for sure, you have a lot. The fact that you can breathe easily is one thing.
The roof above your head, the food on the table, the soft bed you sleep in, how most of the
people you love are not sick — do not take any of these for granted. When you take the time to
be grateful, you allow for joy to thrive and sustain you even in difficult situations.

2. Beautify yourself.
Do not think it superficial and just vanity to care about your physical appearance. Making the
effort to look put together every single day is also a way to show courtesy to others. The right
makeup and clothes show that you believe that the people you deal with deserve a good
version of yourself. You create a win-win situation — you feel good and they feel good.

It’s worth noting as well that taking the time to freshen up your physical appearance can be
quite therapeutic. Twenty minutes of doing your makeup allows you to just focus on just
yourself and being creative as well.
And lastly, self-beautification is not always a physical thing. Reading books to increase your
knowledge and understanding, and helping others even in small ways can make you feel
beautiful and see beauty in others as well.

3. Get rid of clutter and disorder at home.
You can do this alone or hire a professional home cleaning service. A home that is clean and
organized brings peace and joy, and makes creating happy moments a whole lot easier.
By having a well-maintained clutter-free home, you get to keep disease and stress at bay. Your
home is your personal sanctuary, so give it the attention it deserves.

4. Do something you love.
It does not matter what it is, doing makeup, cooking, gardening, journaling, or making crafts,
set aside a few hours every week for something that you love doing. If you can dedicate more
time for these, consider taking classes and really improve your skills.
For example, if you really get a lot of joy in makeup and are passionate about it so you want to
know more, learn advanced techniques through a makeup masterclass. Who knows, the hobby
you enjoy may even earn you some extra money, or launch a new and more fulfilling career for

5. Get enough sleep.
Harvard researchers say that lack of sleep does not only make you irritable, but it can also
compromise your ability to learn and make good decisions. Clearly, having a good disposition
every day is easier when you get enough zzzs at night.
With sufficient sleep, you get up energized and ready to tackle each new day. This can mean
less stress for you and everyone around you.

6. Reevaluate your expectations.
Think carefully if you have improper expectations from yourself, your job, the people around
you, and others because these can bring you frustration and strife. Protect your joy and
happiness by making your expectations completely realistic.
This does not mean you have to strive for less. Be sure to give each task your best; if you
succeed, celebrate and congratulate yourself. If not, learn what you can from the experience,
and then move on.

7. Make it a habit to share.
Share food, your time, valuable information, and others. Sharing does not result in loss. On the
contrary, it can fill you with positive feelings that bring a smile to your face, warmth in your
heart, and a spring to your step. What’s more, by sharing, you also get to give others joy.
Indeed, it is important to pursue joy and happiness in everyday life because doing so yields
beauty and can give you strength that will not only benefit you but everyone around you, too.
You only live once; live it happy.

Toni Malt is the Middle East’s leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman
behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training
the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic
creations, Toni’s creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines
around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia and

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