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100 + Things That Can Make You Happy.

Updated on January 10, 2020
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I am interested in health, fitness and healthy eating. I live in the Netherlands.


How to be happy in life. Happiness

Happiness seems to have something to do with:

  • Pleasure
  • Contentment
  • Joy
  • Delightment
  • Being Happy or Glad

And it is often often used in conjunction with the concepts of

  • self-knowledge
  • optimism
  • meaning


How to live a happy life!

Happiness is a topic that has been the subject of literature, songs, research and many conversations.
The general agreement seems to be that everyone longs for it but not everyone gets to feel happiness. At least not on a permanent basis.

Happiness – it's what we all hope to find and keep, even though it can be capricious and fleeting.
Nobody is happy and exhilarated all the time

What is fascinating about happiness is that most people, when asked about it, have an idea what it means.
And nevertheless what makes one person happy might not mean happiness to another.

I'll start with a definition of happiness. It's always good to know what we are talking about.

happiness. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 07, 2014, from
happiness. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 07, 2014, from | Source

Happiness Definition

One thing seems certain. When you take a look at this definition of happiness above, it involves being happy, feeling joy or pleasure.
And the word finds its origin in the 1520's. So it isn't a modern day fad.

Happiness has something to do with showing or feeling pleasure or satisfaction.
Well now I think I have an idea what happiness is all about.

Happiness involves being satisfied with yourself and with your life.
So many people believe that you should find out what might make you happy and then go for that.


Happiness by The Pointer Sisters


On a scale of 1 (not happy at all) to 10 (extremely happy) how would you rate your own happiness.

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Research How To Live A Happy Life

Easterlin (2003) concludes that life events such as divorce, marriage and serious disability, have an enduring effect on happiness, and do not simply swerve the average person above or below a setpoint given by heredity and character.
His second observation is that an improvement in income, and therefore in the goods at one's disposition, does not lead to a lasting increase in happiness because of the negative effects of comparison of their situation with others.

Blanchflower, D. G., & Oswald (2011) have done a study of statistical reports of global happiness, and argue that money can and does buy happiness, therefore opposing the saying that money does not buy happiness, but they also confirm the paradoxical conclusion that national happiness does not seem to grow with economic growth.

Ahmed, S. (2008) reports that happiness is a promise that steers us toward particular choices and away from other life choices. Happiness is promised, she says, to those ready to live their lives in the right way.

For the eager researcher (I am not) you can find a plethora of studies on the topic of happiness.

Many people are convinced, that happiness is a result of being born rich or beautiful.
However, the truth is that people who are wealthy, beautiful and who's lives are less stressful are not happier on average than people who don't enjoy those advantages.

Happy people seem to intuitively grasp that their joy is the sum of their life decisions and their lives are organized around the following pillars:

  • Spending enough time with friends and family
  • Appreciating what they have
  • Having an optimistic outlook on life
  • Seeing a meaning in life
  • Living in the here and now

The Happiest Country in The World


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Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Regularly research is done to find the places where the happiest people live.

According to 2013's World Happiness Report, the place you can find many friendly faces and happy attitudes is northern Europe.
Denmark, Norway and Switzerland top this list. Canada came in at 6 whilst the United States ranks 17th out of 156 countries.

The happiest children live in the Netherlands. For those readers who haven't a clue where The Netherlands are I added a map somewhere down this page.

A link to the "World Database of Happiness" can be found below. It offers an abundance of statistics for those interested in data and happiness.

Go For It

It seems to me to come down to one thing. If you are looking to find happiness, your thoughts, choices and eventually your actions will have a great impact on the happiness you get to feel.

Which one of the following thoughts, choices and actions will do it for you?

Things You Can Do To Increase Your Chance On Happiness

Spend time with family and friends
Appreciating what you have
Maintain an optimistic outlook
Express gratitude.
Avoid social comparison
Commit to your goals

Books & Happiness

  • Reading.
  • Buying a new book.
  • The smell of a new book.
  • Reading a book you treasure again and it being as great as you remember.
  • A book you can’t put down.
  • The smell of a bookstore or library.
  • Getting lost in a beautiful novel.
  • Reading to someone from a book you love to read.
  • Receiving a signed book by your favorite author
  • Opening your mind to new ideas by reading
  • Reading a travel guide about the places you want to visit
  • Looking at pictures in a richly illustrated children's book

Creativity and Happiness

  • Doodling little drawings to pass the time.
  • When your writing and you are in the flow.
  • Writing a travel log.
  • Painting.
  • Writing poems.
  • Making a sculpture.
  • Designing a dress for a special occasion.
  • Working on that perfect song.

Eating, Drinking and Happiness
Eating, Drinking and Happiness

Eating, Drinking & Happiness

  • Comfort Food.
  • Chocolate pie.
  • Your favorite coffee in the morning.
  • Cocktails.
  • Smelling the aroma of coffee.
  • Grandma's self made apple pie.
  • 12 Year old Scottish whiskey.
  • My mother's homemade Malaysian curry!
  • A cappuccino made by a barista in Turin.
  • Ice Tea.

Exercise and Happiness
Exercise and Happiness

Exercise and Happiness

  • Enjoying a walk.
  • The feeling you get after a workout.
  • Working on your abs.
  • Cycling up a hill and enjoying the ride.
  • Your first 5K run.
  • Taking the stairs in stead of the lift at work.
  • Following aerobics classes.
  • Rollerskating at the skating rink.
  • Water exercises.
  • A yoga class.

Friends, Family & Happiness
Friends, Family & Happiness

Family, Friends & Happiness

  • Meeting a friend you haven’t spoken in awhile and picking up where you left of.
  • Seeing other people get excited over something
  • Seeing something good happen to someone.
  • Receiving or giving a compliment.
  • Hugs.
  • Meeting new people.
  • When a close friend calls you up out of the blue wanting to hang out.
  • Being around family
  • Whenever someone says hello when you pass them on the street.
  • Making someone else happy.
  • When someone smiles.
  • Whenever someone you like gives you a hug you out of the blue.
  • Laughter.
  • When a friend always seems to know how to make you laugh.
  • When an old friend texts you to see how you are.
  • Genuinely feeling happy for someone else
  • Belonging to a group of people that share your passion for something.
  • When someone says that you made them feel better/ making someone feel better.
  • Acts of kindness.
  • Cuddling.
  • Remembering that you are not alone. No matter how you feel.
  • Apologizing and resolving an issue with someone.
  • Staying up late talking to someone online.
  • Talking with a friend.
  • Spontaneous back rubs.
  • Letting someone feel that you do care about them.
  • Listening to someone telling a story.
  • Helping someone out.
  • Talking with the person you like.
  • Smiling and getting someone to smile.
  • Finally, standing up for yourself.
  • Realizing the person you love, feels the same way
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Helping others

Learning & Happiness

  • Learning how to play chess.
  • Learning new things.
  • Checking things off your to-do list.
  • Being able to speak in another language.
  • Practicing smiling.
  • Practicing gratitude.
  • Making progress towards goals!
  • Following a free coursera course.
  • Being able to say good morning in 10 different languages.
  • Learning the ins and outs of your favorite game.
  • Learning how to meditate.
  • Studying the works of your favorite painter.

Leisure Time and Happiness
Leisure Time and Happiness

Leisure Time & Happiness

  • An unexpected holiday.
  • Lazy Sundays
  • Taking a day off work.
  • Sunny days at the beach.
  • Enjoying quiet time in the garden.
  • Walking without a preset destination through an unknown town.
  • Finally, being able to mend a leaking sink.
  • Taking your kid to the playground.
  • Spending an evening with your parent(s).
  • Bake a cake.
  • Read a book.
  • Go to a movie.
  • Finish that scrapbook.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Planning a trip.

Music and Happiness
Music and Happiness

Music & Happiness

  • Discovering a new band or song.
  • Introducing someone or being introduced to a show or band.
  • A song that gives you goosebumps again and again.
  • Singing in the shower.
  • Your favorite song coming on the radio.
  • Voices in close harmony.
  • Listening to The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds.
  • Singing along with Steve Harley in Birmingham.
  • Your first Paul McCartney concert with the family.
  • Listening to talented young musicians perform at the Chetham's School of Music.

The Beatles - Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Movies & TV Shows & Happiness

  • The Daily show and Colbert Report.
  • Watching the sound of music for the 100th time.
  • Nearly knowing all the lines of Fawlty Towers.
  • Saturday morning cartoons.
  • The complete Godfather.
  • Netflix airing your favorite show.
  • Watching a Disney movie.
  • Enjoying the 2d time you watch 2 1/2 man with Charlie Sheen.
  • Laughing again when you watch Little Britain with your son.
  • Enjoying popcorn in the cinema.

Nature and Happiness
Nature and Happiness

Nature and Happiness

  • A cloudy day.
  • Misty rain.
  • The beautiful view as you’re cycling over back roads.
  • A nice breeze.
  • The evening smell of air during spring, summer and fall.
  • Birds chirping at dawn as you wake up.
  • Trains passing by in the distance at nighttime.
  • The quiet before the storms.
  • Looking out the window from a riding train.
  • City lights reflected on the street in pools of water after it poured.
  • A bonfire in your backyard to celebrate a summer evening.
  • Listening to the pitter patter of the rain as you fall asleep.
  • Planting plants or flowers.
  • A long stroll in a pretty park.
  • Spotting the first crocuses.

Happy Time


Pampering Yourself & Happiness

  • Taking an afternoon nap
  • Daydreaming.
  • When you feel happy about what you have achieved.
  • Enjoying times when you have all the time in the world
  • A sudden thought that instantly puts a smile on your face.
  • Those rare moments when you feel content.
  • Inside jokes.
  • When you notice you have the whole house to yourself.
  • A cold shower on a hot day.
  • A hot shower on a cold day.
  • A nap when you really need one.
  • Treating yourself to room service.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Waking up to sunshine on your face.
  • Sleeping more.
  • Moving closer to work.
  • Enjoying the sauna.

Things and Happiness
Things and Happiness

Things & Happiness

  • Your favorite t-shirt.
  • Fresh flowers in your apartment.
  • Finding something you love on sale.
  • Finally having a job you love.
  • Noticing how well your pants fit.
  • Reading books from the Kindle you bought with your birthday money.
  • Polishing your car and enjoying its new look.
  • Finding the couch that is a perfect fit.

Closing Thoughts

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have found some inspiration.
If you leave this hub with a smile or a happy feeling you will certainly have made my day.

I think happiness eventually has more to do with being than with having.

It's not about having possessions per se. It is more about enjoying things.
It is not about having many friends. It is about them being there for you when you need them and vice versa.

  • True happiness is not about achieving goals.
  • True happiness is not merely a result of the circumstances.
  • True happiness is not found in possessions.
  • Happiness is found in you being yourself.
  • Happiness is about being able to enjoy the moment.
  • Happiness is about acceptance.

If you would like to share things that make YOU happy, please do not hesitate and add them to the comment section below.

The Happiest Kids In The World

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Happiness. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 07, 2014, from website:

How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment - Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Easterlin, R. A. (2003). Explaining happiness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100, 11176–11183. doi:10.1073/pnas.1633144100

Blanchflower, D. G., & Oswald, A. J. (2011). International Happiness. Measurement, 25, 23–30. doi:10.1080/10629360701843318

Ahmed, S. (2008). Sociable happiness. Emotion, Space and Society, 1, 10–13. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2008.07.003

Smith, E. (2011). The promise of happiness. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13, 371–372. doi:10.1080/13691058.2010.524731

Veenhoven, R. (1995). World Database of Happiness. Social Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/BF01078689


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    • boththestar profile image


      5 years ago

      Yeah! So many ways to be happy, so how many excuses left to be sad ;)

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Little things that you enjoy can have a huge impact on happiness. Doing things with your kids, family and friends is priceless

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Truly amazing of what makes people happy from the heart. I have seen the rich people with fancy homes who falsely show their happiness in public and behind the closed doors they are not happy. The little things in life shows true happiness. For example of my life, there is no amount of money that can make me happy just spending time with my family all I need.

    • WriterJanis profile image


      5 years ago from California

      You have so many useful and helpful tips for being happy. Doing things with my kids makes me happy.

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks Flourish. Denmark is high on my list to visit. I nearly made it there once but didn't get past Hamburg.

      Eric. You just painted a happy picture. Life doesn't get much better than that ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My four year old just finished hosing each other off after our fingerpainting and making mud pies. Yummy! I flip on this hub and starting playing the music. Two silly boys in wet socks doing a little jiggy on the patio.

      I just do not get this happiness thing ;-) Great job friend.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      It's all how you choose to see life. There's a whole branch of psychology, relatively new, called Positive Psychology. Looks like the Danes have figured it all out. What a list!


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