5 Simple steps to a happier life

We all want happiness, but we are doing things that deprive us of it. What’s worse, daily we harm ourselves and cause ourselves serious health issues without even realising it.

I love coding

This morning I stumbled on an article about coding, and suddenly I remembered how much I miss coding (What is coding?). Coding has been my hobby since I was 10 years old (and used to be my profession at one time), and I love it.

I love the whole process of thinking up an idea for an app or a video game and then creating it. It’s a great feeling to see something you think about become a reality.  It must be how artists feel when they complete their projects.

Coding also helps me to calm my mind, to structure my thinking and to help me to focus. It’s my zen place. My happy place.

The problem is, I’ve been so caught up with work that I haven’t had a chance to do what makes me happy.

Scientists say that is bad, because doing what you love and what makes you happy, has numerous benefits.

Benefits of doing what you love

Doing what you love not only makes you happy, but has numerous benefits, such as:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Promotes good health
  3. Helps you to focus
  4. Makes you more productive
  5. Boosts your creativity

Most of all, doing what you love keeps you sane!

Despite that, we just don’t find time for ourselves. And it’s tough sometimes, what with all the demands of work, kids, family, friends, colleagues and countless others. But we need to find some ‘me-time’.

5 Simple steps to a Happier life

No one can promise complete happiness, but there are a few things we can do to be a little happier. Like finding time to do the things we love.

It can be challenging to get started, but here are 5 simple steps:

  1. Identify what you love doing. What would you do if you didn’t have your current responsibilities? Or if you didn’t have to go to work every day? For me, it’s coding. There are people who love gardening, cooking, reading, nature walks, etc.
  2. Find the time. Morning, evening, middle of the night; whenever you can (just don’t freak everyone out by wandering around the house at midnight).
  3. Tell everyone what you are doing, and ask them to respect that. Also, leave your phone behind.
  4. Enter your zen state. Do what you love.
  5. Enjoy.

As for me, I’ve got this idea for an awesome video game, and I’m starting tonight…

What will you do in your ‘me-time’?

What is Coding?

Coding is a real buzzword these days. People talk about the importance of teaching kids to code at school, and about how important coding is for future career success. But do you know what coding is?

Short answer: you know how we communicate with each other using human languages like English, French, Spanish etc.? Well, computers communicate using their own language, which is called code. It’s that simple.

More detailed answer: coding means giving instructions to computers to do certain tasks, from something as simple as adding 2 numbers to extremely complex tasks like flying a plane on autopilot or managing flight traffic in an airport. Everything, and I mean everything that a computer does is code. Without code, computers will be totally dumb.

Wherever you see a computer, you know there’s code telling it what to do. And there are computers everywhere, like your smart phone, which is a computer. When you switch on your phone, there’s code that tells it what to do. Making a call? There’s code running. Open an app? That app is code. Candy Crush? You guessed it: code.

We are surrounded by code all the time. And I don’t just mean in our computers and phones. There are computers in our cars, appliances, watches, clocks, pool pumps, etc. And all these are run on code.

What’s interesting about code is that, just like human languages, there are different computer languages too. You might come across terms like Java, HTML and C# (pronounced C sharp). These are all computer programming languages, and you can code in any one of them.

What coding is not: coding is not about cracking codes, like bank account access credentials. That’s called hacking 🙂