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10 Easy Tricks to Increase Your Happiness Today

Updated on November 11, 2015

We exist for a purpose and we live our lives according to the rules and limits that we give ourselves. If we are unhappy, it is because we are choosing not to be happy.

Happiness is a state of mind and something that we can choose to be. Fortunately for us all, being happy is not all that hard to do.

Here are ten easy ways we can changes ourselves to become happier, and healthier, beings.

1. Live in the Moment

Think about what you are doing at any point of the day. Are you focused on your task at hand or are you daydreaming and putzing? Studies show that people who focus on what they should be working on are generally happier than people who futz around, daydream, and generally avoid what they are supposed to be doing. So, the next moment when you sit down to work on something, whether it is bills or writing a blog post, focus solely on what you are supposed to be doing.


2. Smile More

Smile even if you are not happy. All sorts of studies have been made on the simple smile. It has been found that simply smiling helps relive anxiety and lower stress. In fact, smiling can help make us happy by tricking the brain into thinking it is happy. So, smile more. Smile at your neighbors, co-workers, and strangers on the street. Start a trend or be happy knowing that you are “that weird guy who is always smiling.”

3. Seek Out Happy People

If you want to be a happier person, find yourself new friends who are happy. Don’t hang around those who are all about the gloom and doom or people whose life views irritate you to no living end. To work on your happiness, you need to surround yourself with those who are already happy or those who, like you, are actively working on becoming happier with life. Get involved with different community activities and attend more community events to find happy, active people in your area.


4. Give to Others

Giving can make you happy. Think back to when you were little and you bought a parent a gift. You were probably so excited that you found it hard to wait for the day to give the present. Giving is fun, exciting, and it makes us happy. It doesn’t have to be gifts, either. Give your time. Volunteer for a local charity. I knit and donate hats for the disadvantaged, and I can’t be happier knowing that the hats are going to children and teenagers who need help through their parent’s tough times. Practice random acts of kindness, too. Studies show that people who do things for others are 42% happier for doing so.

5. Become an Optimist

It is so easy to fall into the pessimist trap because expecting the work and letting it happen is far easier than expecting great results and making them happen. Being an optimist takes action and participation. Pessimism is achieved by doing nothing. There are health benefits to being an optimist. Did you know that optimists are 50% less likely to suffer from heart disease? That alone is an excellent reason to start working on your attitude and bringing about a positive change in your life.

6. Declutter

A cluttered work desk, a cluttered house, and a cluttered car can all affect your mood. All that stuff is just holding you down. Go Zen and get rid of unwanted items (donating stuff can help make you happy) and get the trash out of your living space. Start your life anew with a clean living and working space.

7. Create Positive Memories

Put away your phone. Turn off your television. It is time to start making happy memories. Focus on having experiences instead of having things. Make special plans with your family. Take the kids to the playground. If you are single, join a volunteer organization and put your skills to work and create awesome memories while you are doing it. The key word is “do”. Do something, anything, that does not involved sitting around in your house or staring at your phone while ignoring your surroundings.


8. Recognize Your Potential

See yourself for what you truly are: a being with limitless potential. The only obstacles you face are ones that you put there for yourself. The struggle is a part of the growth you find necessary for your own success. Spend time thinking about what you want to become. What is your main goal in life? Know that if you can dream it up, you can find a way to achieve it. Give your life a purpose, and you will happier knowing that you are on the path to achieving your life long aspiration.

9. Gratitude

Gratitude is the right attitude. When you think your life just could not be any worse, take a moment to reflect on all the good things in your life. Be thankful for every little thing, from healthy kids, getting picked for a team or work event, waking up in the morning, and everything else that can be viewed as positive in your life. Appreciate the people in your life, from family and friends to co-workers and neighbors. Don’t focus on what you want, but focus on what you already have.

10. Pets

A pet are great friends, whether it is a hamster, dog, cat, or goldfish. People who have pets are shown to experience less loneliness and depression. Pet owners also report a higher self esteem. Of course, just merely having a pet won’t make positive changes. It is the interaction and care that we give our pets that bring about the positive changes in our lives.


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    • Haroon Shehzad profile image

      Haroon Shehzad 17 months ago from Punjab Pakistan

      Nicely composed article Elizabeth Yetter: short and precise.

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      Donna Herron 17 months ago from USA

      Great inspiration for embracing happiness, but you forgot "eat more chocolate" :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips for being happier!

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