14 August 2013

Small Steps to Happiness

I recently came across a very lovely list written by a girl called Emma Elsworthy, which she wrote one afternoon to remind herself of how to stay carefree and balanced. I was really inspired by this list and wanted to share it here. I haven't included all of her 16 steps, but you can read the complete list right here.

 stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything. 
organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 
become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn't a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you. 


  1. Great advice! Especially the notion of becoming the person you would fall in love with. True!

  2. Love this post Laura, I really like your blog!

    Xxx Mariët

    1. Thank you thank you! I'm so glad you'd say that! :-)


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