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How to Be Happy: 25 Habits to Help You Live a Happier Life

How to Be Happy: 25 Habits to Help You Live a Happier Life


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Happiness is a result of Habits

  1. Happiness looks different for everyone. For you, maybe it’s being at peace with who you are. Or having a secure network of friends who accept you unconditionally. Or the freedom to pursue your deepest dreams.
  2. Regardless of your version of true happiness, liv...

1. Smile :)

  1. You tend to smile when you’re happy. But it’s actually a two-way street.
  2. We smile because we’re happy, and smiling causes the brain to release dopamine, which makes us happier.
  3. That doesn’t mean you have to go around with a ...

2. Exercise

  1. Exercise isn’t just for your body.
  2. Regular exercise can help to reduce stress, feelings of anxiety, and symptoms of depression while boosting self-este...

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

  1. No matter how much modern society steers us toward less sleep, we know that adequate sleep is vital to good health, brain function, and emoti...

4. Eat with Mood in Mind

  1. Food choices have an impact on your overall physical health and can also affect your state of mind.
  2. Carbohydrates release serotonin...

5. Be Grateful

  1. Simply being grateful can be a big mood booster.
  2. Practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on feelings of hope and happiness.
  3. Start each day by acknowledging one thing you’re grateful for....

6. Give a Compliment

  1. Research shows that performing acts of kindness can help you feel more satisfied.
  2. Giving a sincere compliment is a quick, easy way to brighten someone’s day while giving ...

7. Breathe Deeply

  1. Take a long, deep breath to calm yourself down.
  2. According to Harvard Health, deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress.

8. Acknowledge the Unhappy Moments

  1. A positive attitude is generally a good thing, but bad things happen to everyone. It’s just part of life.
  2. If you get some bad news, make a mistake, or just feel like you’re in a funk, don’t try to pretend you’re happy.

9. Keep a Journal

  1. A journal is a good way to organize your thoughts, analyze your feelings, and make plans.
  2. You don’t have to be a literary genius or write volumes to benefit.
  3. It can be as simple as jotting down a few thoughts before you go to bed

10. Face Stress Head On

  1. There’s no need to avoid stress. Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal says that stress isn’t always harmful, and we can even change our attitudes about stress

11. Declutter

  1. Decluttering sounds like a big project, but setting aside just 20 minutes a week can have a big impact.
  2. Set a timer on your phone and take 15 minutes to tidy up a specific area of one room — say, your closet or that out-of-control j...

12. See Friends

  1. Humans are social beings, and having close friends can make us happier.
  2. It’s not about how many friends you have. It’s about having meaningful relationships — even if it’s just with one or two people.
  3. Try getting involved in...

13. Plan Your Week

  1. Feel like you’re flailing about? Try sitting down at the end of every week and make a basic list for the following week.
  2. Even if you don’t stick to the plan, blocking out time where you can do laundry, go grocery shopping, or tackle projects at work can

14. Ditch Your Phone


  1. Turn off all the electronics and put those ear buds away for at least one hour once a week. They’ll still be there for you later. If you still want them, that is.
  2. If you ha...

15. Get into Nature

  1. Spending 30 minutes or more a week in green spaces can help lower blood pressure and depression, according to a 2016 study.
  2. Your green space could be anything from your neighborhood park, y...

16. Explore Meditation

  1. There are many methods of meditation to explore.
  2. They can involve movement, focus, spirituality, or a combination of all three.
  3. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be ...

17. Consider Therapy

  1. If you feel like you’re hitting a brick wall, consider speaking with a therapist on a weekly basis. You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health condition or overwhelming crisis to seek therapy.
  2. Therapists are trained to help people improve copi...

18. Find a Self-Care Ritual

It’s easy to neglect self-care in a fast-paced world. But your body carries your thoughts, passions, and spirit through this world, hence your body deserves a little TLC. Examples :

  • Unwinding your workweek with a long, hot bath.
  • Or adopting a skin care...

19. Give Back

  1. If you find that giving daily compliments provides a needed boost to your mood, consider making a monthly routine of giving back on a larger scale.
  2. Maybe that’s helping out at a food bank on the third weekend of every month, or ...

20. Take Yourself Out

  1. No one to go out with? Well, what rule says you can’t go out alone?
  2. Go to your favorite restaurant, take in a movie, or go on that trip you’ve always dreamed of.
  3. Even if you’re a social butterfly, spending some deliberate time alone can help you reconnect with the...

21. Create a Thought List

  1. Take control of your thoughts.
  2. At the start of each month, make a short list of happy memories or things you’re looking forward to on a small piece of paper or on your phone.
  3. When you find yourself waiting for a ride, stand...

22. Take Time to Reflect

The start of a new year is a good time to stop and take inventory of your life.

Set aside some time to catch up with yourself the way you would with an old friend:

  • How are you doing?
  • What have you been up to?
  • Ar...

23. Reevaluate Your Goals

  1. People change, so think about where you’re heading and consider if that’s still where you want to go.
  2. There’s no shame in changing your game.
  3. Let go of any goals that no longer serve you, even if they sound nice...

24. Take Care of Your Body

You hear it all the time, including several times in this article, but your physical and mental health are closely intertwined.

As you build habits to improve your happiness, make sure to follow up with routine appointments to take care your body:

25. Let Go of Grudges

  1. This is often easier said than done. But you don’t have to do it for the other person. Do it FOR YOURSELF.
  2. Sometimes, offering forgiveness or dropping a grudge is more about self-care for oursel...

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