For me, giving up alcohol was more than just changing the substance in my glass; I felt like it had an impact on the rest of my lifestyle. When I made the decision to live a sober life, I decided to revamp a couple other aspects of my life and stay occupied.

You only get one shot at this life, so it’s the least that you deserve. Unfortunately, knowing how to generate a little extra joy and excitement in your life can be difficult. Try these 4 ideas now, and you should soon notice the smile creeping back.

Add Style To The Home

Far too many people overlook the importance of a happy home life. It can be the foundation for everything you do and make those upgrades should be top of your agenda at all times. It’s easy to chase the wrong goals, but the main tasks should be adding style and comfort. One of the best places to start is the bathroom. You can transform the entire aesthetic with the simple use of cement tiles. Meanwhile, increasing the water pressure of your shower and bath will make the whole home feel like a more luxurious place. There are plenty of other rooms you can improve over the coming months, but the bathroom is where you should start. As well as being one of the most effective, it’s one of the cheapest too.

Host a Dinner Party

Nothing can put a smile on your face quite like friends and family. And there’s no better way to see them than by hosting a house and garden party. This is the ideal solution as it gives you a chance to see as many people at once as possible. Besides, nobody would turn their nose up at a night of entertainment and great party food. As a side note, it’s a great opportunity to show off your home improvements too.

Get Fit

There are many factors that contribute to our happiness, but our body image is a huge one. Not only does it set our personal views on ourselves, but it can also impact the way we are seen by others. Getting fit is something that appears on millions of New Year’s Resolutions lists, but you don’t have to wait until January. Take up running and you’ll soon discover the joy of the process, as well as the end results. Moreover, it’s a great way to de-stress and appreciate the outside world too.

Book a Holiday

Breaking the cycle of habit with a holiday is a fantastic way to put a smile back on your face. Traveling is one of my favourite things to do and I always feel much more positive after I’ve been out in the wild. Not to mention, it gives you something to look forward to and it’s the ideal way to create magical memories with your loved ones. What more incentive could you need? Even if you can’t get much time off of work, short weekend breaks in the city are the perfect way to experience new things and treat yourself to something a little bit special.

After all, you deserve a trip after all that money you’ve saved by not drinking alcohol, agreed?