Happiness is such a selective term - it means different thing s to each person, however, many would agree that the amount of spam that happens in day to day life causes anything but happiness. And we’re not just talking junk emails or fliers being handed out on the street. But anything in life that is unnecessary happens in large amounts and you could happily live without.
There is much out there that is completely within your control to change, but many don’t because it might not seem to be the norm, or it risks offending someone. But at the end of the day, your happiness and wellbeing are more important. Yes, you should be considerate of other people’s feelings, but you need to put yourself first now and again. And one of those times would be in filtering the spam in your life, to weed out the unnecessary rubbish and to just be happy.
Starting with the obvious - we all get junk mail. Promotional offers are flooding our inboxes, or doorsteps and our faces as we walk down the street. Adverts are thrown at us from every angle, and internet cookies are designed to pick just the right ads to send your way. But where it’s supposed to be more streamlined, it does feel like there’s more than ever.
Cracking this is easy. With your email, you need to either set aside an afternoon to unsubscribe from promotional emails you probably unwittingly signed up for when internet shopping. Or set up a new account for all the important stuff, and leave the old one for all the promo stuff. While you’re at it, apply an ad-blocker like Adblock for Google Chrome. Your physical mail can, believe it or not, be filtered too if you want. Sites like physicaladdress.com allow you to redirect your mail to their drop box, where the envelope is scanned and sent to you virtually. If you want the interior scanned to, then you can request it. But it just means that you can go and pick up the important stuff as it arrives, and not have to deal with the spam.
When it comes to social media accounts, we’re all prone to clicking the accept button on friend and follow requests, but that just fills your feed with the life of somebody you have never met and never have the desire to meet. Do this enough, and your real friends are lost in the menagerie of stranger’s selfies. Go through your lists and get rid of the people you don’t know, and say goodbye to those people you’ve added because you met in a line once five years ago.
By setting your accounts to private, you can weed through your followers easier, because they won’t be able to see anything on your account until you have given them permission. These people are more likely to be friends, and not just following you because you look hot in your bikini photos leftover from your trip to Cyprus.
This is a contributed post.