“The days are long but the years are short.”
— Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project"

How often have you looked back and wondered where the time went? Or wished that what feels like a very long day would be over? Doesn’t it feel like we wish our days away while looking back and also wishing we had more time? Sounds a little like we want to have our cake and eat it too.

The good thing is we can… if we use our days and time wisely.

Start by breaking up the long days by taking 20 minutes to do something that helps you feel happier. Some ideas could include:

  • Reading a book
  • Cooking a meal
  • Playing fetch with your dog
  • Tidying up your home
  • Making your bed
  • Watering your houseplants
  • Calling a friend to chat
  • Taking a bath
  • Giving yourself a facial
  • Taking a walk
  • Meditating
  • Journaling

Some of those ideas bring pleasure while others can help you feel happier after they’ve been completed (never underestimate the power of a made bed). But the point is, that if you did something that brought you happiness or pleasure each day, you’d have something to look forward to instead of wishing the day was over. And those 20 minutes a day add up! Soon you’ll be looking back and have finished 10 books, have better relationships with friends, healthy houseplants, etc.

Once you can find 20 minutes a day, you’ll find yourself making the time for an hour a day to do something you enjoy. And slowly and beautifully, you’ll begin to feel happier in your life. And you’ll be able to look back and realize that yes, time has passed quickly but you’ve gotten to experience so much and in fact, those days weren’t so bad.

What do you spend your 20 minutes doing? How do you break up the long days? Share your story in the comments below and don’t forget to follow Happiness Abound on BlogLovin’ to get access to these weekly posts first. I hope you have a happy, not so long day and don’t forget, you are capable of happiness abound.

Photo by Dylan Gialanella