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Guest Post – 10 Easy Ways to Buy Happiness

Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Vidya Sury. Vidya is a Mom, writer, editor and blogger. She loves coffee, books, music, cooking, DIY, people, photography, and collecting smiles. She blogs at Vidya Sury, Coffee With Mi, and Be healthy, Be happy. Connect with her on Google Plus, Twitter, and Facebook.

10 Easy Ways to Buy Happiness

I admire your blog and am honored to be here today sharing your space, Laurel. Thank you for hosting me.

Dear friends, I am here to talk about something close to my heart. Happiness, naturally, because I firmly believe happiness is a choice!

Did you know there’s something called GNH or Gross National Happiness? Bhutan’s fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the mid-1970s, birthed this concept under the belief that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.”

Seeking happiness is a-okay. That quote which compares happiness to a butterfly – elusive when you chase it and yours when you turn your attention to other things (Thoreau) may hold some weight, but often, I’ve realized that sometimes you just have to help yourself. You’ve got to go out and take action when you want to be happy!

And that’s easy.

So maybe no two people have the same definition of happiness but there’s no doubt that almost each one of us seeks it. Who does not want to be happy? Oh, I know there’s retail therapy… and I am yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy it – I certainly do – and that brings me to the point of this post – money CAN buy happiness. And it is affordable, as I’ve personally discovered.

Ten easy ways to Buy Happiness

Here are ten ways to buy happiness. And I am talking about long-term, not short-lived.

1. Grow something

Oh, the joy of planting a seed and watching it sprout and flourish! We had some trees felled in our yard recently. We were sad, but they had to go. The roots were weak and with monsoons around the corner, they posed the threat of falling without warning. We pledged to plant new trees and the residents of our apartment complex readily came forward to “adopt” a small space. Small expense for seeds and other stuff. The happiness and sense of pride in nurturing? Immense. And a great way to de-stress.

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2. Play

I am a child of the sixties and grew up in the non-digital age. “Play” meant going to the park, to the beach with a bucket and a paddle to create sand castles. And board games when we had to stay indoors. There was “Snakes and ladders,” “Ludo,” Chinese Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Carom, Jigsaw puzzles – the list is endless. Most times I was happy with a drawing surface and chalk or pencils. Cheap investments that pay off big time in the form of happy family hours or time with friends. I love to play with children, too. Added bonus? Another great way to bust stress after a busy day.

3. Sponsor a meal

This has to be one of my favorites. I support my local welfare home for girls. In fact, all my blog earnings and part of my monthly earnings, such as they are, is dedicated to them. The happiness that comes with helping those in need is unparalleled. Try it.

4. Write

Writing in a diary, or journaling, is good for the soul! Invest in a nice solid book – made of paper. I know we are in the digital age, but there’s something very satisfying about picking up a pen or pencil and writing the words. Express yourself on paper. Write about what’s bothering you, what’s making you ecstatic. Free your mind. Sometime later, when you go back and read it, you’ll find it easier to understand yourself and feel better about a lot of things you didn’t at the time. Beats therapy any day!

5. Take up a hobby

Ask Laurel. She “tangles” and does such a fabulous job of it she has her own store. If you have a passion or hobby you’ve always wanted to pursue, do it now. There’s music, photography… you name it! I enjoy painting and sketching. Rather than do it randomly, I focus and create so I can gift them. Handmade is valuable, right? I enjoy recycling and have a knack for creating “wealth from waste.” Think carry bags from cartons and DIY projects. It is fun to be environmentally conscious and reduce the stuff that goes to that landfill. Satisfaction? Guaranteed!

Ten easy ways to Buy Happiness

6. Bring home a pet

I have friends who are rescuers and crusaders for animal shelters. The work they do is deeply fulfilling to them. For your part, why not adopt a pet from a shelter? There’s research to prove that people with pets are happier and live longer, healthier lives.

And that, naturally, brings us to…

7. Exercise

Exercise is the key to good health. When you exercise regularly, you are healthy. When you’re healthy, you’re happy. Believe me, you won’t miss those visits to the health care center. And no, you don’t have to enroll in an expensive gym. Just invest in a pair of good walking shoes and you’re good to go. Walking, jogging, or whatever you are comfortable with. (Do consult your doctor if you have any health issues to find out what works best for you.) I am usually active, but since being diagnosed with diabetes early this year, I’ve pledged to walk for at least an hour every day. It has helped balance my blood sugar, brought down my cholesterol levels, helped me drop a dress size (Yay!) and halved my medication dosage (double Yay!). The sense of well-being is wonderful. You also eat better and sleep better! If that is not happiness, I don’t know what is!

8. Read

Enough said, eh? Books, like travel, broaden the mind. Join a library. Borrow a book (and don’t forget to return it). There’s nothing like getting lost in a great book by your favorite author.

Ten easy ways to Buy Happiness

9. Visit an out-of-town friend

My childhood friend (who now lives in Canada) and I, enjoy marathon phone calls every weekend. I mentioned that my husband was visiting Calgary. She insisted we accompany him and visit her. The thought of a trip abroad sounded impossible but the more we thought about it, the more attractive it was. Finally, we took the plunge and made the trip. My first trip overseas. I cannot describe the happiness I felt on seeing her after 15 years. We’ve been close for over 40+ years now. But you know you don’t have to make a trip overseas. You can simply hop into a cab and go visit a friend for a coffee or lunch or dinner and a long chat to make you happy!

10. Do something that makes you happy

Reward yourself. Doesn’t have to be expensive. Get that haircut, those pretty earrings, or that dress that looks as though it were made for you. Yes, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

Happiness, as you can see, is a journey and a lifelong one!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried one or more of these. How did you feel?

Got a tip to add? Go on, make my day!

~ Vidya Sury, Vidya Sury, Coffee With Mi, and Be healthy, Be happy

NaBloPoMo July 2014

Thank you for sharing, Vidya!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Vidya Sury
    July 23, 2014

    Thanks for hosting me, Laurel! 🙂 Looking forward to connecting with everyone! ♥
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  • Miss Nutralicious
    July 23, 2014

    Great list Vidya! All 10 of these things make me happy! Declutter my house, volunteer, go outside, and visit someplace new are my additions.

    I agree with you, there are so many things that we can do to choose happiness. Thanks for sharing your list!
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    July 23, 2014

    A wholesome list and all very easily done. I find that if we pay for such happiness it makes us realize its importance.
    As I say often Health and Happiness Always; they do go together indeed.
    Great post as usual Vidya and Laurel.

  • usha menon July 23, 2014

    Very useful and practical tips. I liked the idea of playing games like Ludo, Snakes and ladders etc. I am sure this will not only make us happy, but will take us back to childhood.

  • Shalini
    July 24, 2014

    How sweet! It’s a great list! And I totally agree that doing them makes you smile and be happy 🙂
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    July 24, 2014

    It’s always the little things that bring happiness. This morning it was four kids off to school in a tempo – with one standing in front and waving out as if he was the Prime Minister and the road was lined with his supporters! 🙂

    Lovely post, as always, Vidya. Happiness is never expensive, but trying to buy it could be costly!
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  • Shailaja V
    July 24, 2014

    Such a lovely, upbeat post and scores of ideas to make yourself happy. Thanks for such a feel-good post, Vidya!
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  • Cathy Graham
    July 24, 2014

    I love your list, Vidya. I felt happy just reading all the suggestions. What a fun drawing of the little girl at the piano. Adorable! You’re very good! You make me want to do some drawing as I don’t do it as much as I used to. Lately I am making handmade cards to send to people so those make me happy. Being creative in small, inexpensive ways always make me happy. Thanks for the other ideas. None of these ideas cost a lot and yet they are all so fulfilling. Love them! I must keep them in mind.
    Great guest post! Laurel’s blog is wonderful, isn’t it? I look forward to hearing about her trip to BlogHer.

    • Vidya Sury
      July 31, 2014

      Thank you Cat!
      I grew up in a rather frugal family and we were very creative when it came to generating happiness! Appreciating every little thing just transforms the way we look at life!

      Thanks for your kind comment about the sketch. 😀 I rather love to sketch! And I look forward to seeing your art too! I KNOW you are talented with words!
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  • ElaineLK July 24, 2014

    I can’t argue with a single one of these ideas, Vidya! They’re all wonderful. Reading always makes me happy. So does my little adopted dog. Exercising makes me feel good. And on and on. And doing for others…yes! All the things you mention cost little or nothing, but I have one indulgence that always makes me happy–going out to eat! Great post.

  • Birgit July 24, 2014

    I came from Vidya’s site and love these 10 ways for happiness. So many people like to think about the negative and it is easier to cry or make people cry than it is to laugh or make people laugh but you are richer for it

  • Proactive Indian
    July 25, 2014

    Other than 1 and 6, I’ve tried all, and found that they do bring happiness!
    I find that doing something for people less fortunate than myself gives genuine and lasting happiness.

  • Krithika Rangarajan July 29, 2014

    Hey Vidya

    Your heartfelt post brought happy tears to my eyes! I agree with all your suggestions, and have tried most of them.

    I enjoy exercising, reading, writing and playing! I don’t have a green thumb, so it is better I don’t plant anything ;), BUT I did adopt a pup recently. Oreo is a wonderfully exasperating #FurofJOY who makes every day WORTH LIVING.

    Well, you have just bagged another subscriber, darling! #HUGSSS

    Laurel – YOU have connected with some quality bloggers. Thank you SO VERY MUCH #Muaah

    Much love

  • Fab July 30, 2014

    Beautiful list!! I never was a fan of gardening and absolutely detest visiting botanical gardens. But ever since my Mom gave me a mint plant and a curry leaf plant to grow, I realized what I was missing out on. There is something so satisfying and pleasing about watching a tiny little plant thrive and fill the pot and your life with greenery – now I enjoy taking care of them!
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    • Vidya Sury
      July 31, 2014

      I know, Fabida! The joy of seeing something grow brings a lot of emotions – hope, a sense of achievement and of course, the benefit of health. Thank you so much for coming over to comment! Hugs!
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