A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness – Step 3

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.” Anonymous

This is Step 3 of my series “The beginners guide to happiness.” In my last post (click here if you missed it) I challenged everyone to start shifting their thinking to a growth mindset as it’ll help you to balance any shortcomings with optimism and unlock true happiness. Step 1 was a simple task of writing down all the things that make you happy on an A4 piece of paper (Click here to see mine.)

So here is what inspired Step 3 of “The beginners guide to happiness” series. I recently shared 5 tips on how to change your perspective  and ultimately improve your life by doing so.  One of my tips was about taking responsibility for the way you choose to react to a situation as this is completely in your control. This tip prompted me to think about all the things we do have control of in daily life. In typical “Natalie” style I started writing a list on all the things that are in my control and quickly had a list of 30 simple controllable things in daily life. I truly believe that if we put our energy into the things we CAN control and stop worrying about the unknown we can live a healthier more positive life.

So here is my list of things that the majority of us have total control of in daily life…

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I highly recommend everyone takes some time to write their own list of the things you can control in daily life as it will surprise you how many things are in your control. I hope some of my list resonates with you and that it motivates you to be mindful of the choices you make.

Thanks for reading and make sure you share your smile with the world today ☮


  1. I love this list. What a great idea. Thank you! 😀

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  2. Hilary Tan says:

    What if stress plays a large external role on whether or not a person can be happy? If they have too much on their plate lets say and that this is beyond their control? (school, work etc.). If happiness is entirely situational and that we can only be happy if the things around us go our way, then this type of happiness is fleeting. It won’t last. I like your list because you highlight the internal types of happiness that are lasting – what true happiness is, rather than the external and dependent kind that many people still continue to chase.

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  4. Great post and great list. It is so true we choose. Hilary tan comment is also great.

    We have to remind ourself to be happy daily come what may. We choose nit to lose our peace even in the face of a storm. We choose to be strong..

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