There are a few simple steps you can take today or this week to be happier right away. Of course, happiness is a long term journey, but you can start at any point. Here are 8 ways to be happier today.
8 Ways to Be Happier Today
1. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
Gratitude is a great way to start the day and to help you stay positive throughout the day. By writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for, you can remind yourself that you have so much to be thankful for and that even though you have bad days, you still have much to be grateful for.
Gratitude is the best way to turn what you have into enough. It’s something that you can do right now, anywhere you are, and immediately feel a little better about things.
2. Meditate for 10 minutes
Meditation is a great way to improve your productivity and focus because it helps you to be more aware of your thoughts and what’s going on in your mind. It gives you a space in your head to think without interruption and to concentrate.
Taking a few minutes in between activities to just sit still and quiet your mind can help you be happier and less stressed out.
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3. Listen to someone positive
Positivity is contagious, so if you know someone really positive or happy, or even just a happy Youtuber, listen to them for a while and let the happiness rub off on you.
So many people are so negative that it can be hard to find someone who is positive. The best thing you can do is look for someone who has a positive attitude and see if you can learn something from them.
4. Listen to a motivational speech
Listening to an inspirational speech or TED talk can really help put you in a better, more inspired mood in no time at all. Feed your mind with positivity, and your life will be more positive.
5. Read a personal development book or blog (like this one ;))
Check out our list of books for recovering from depression for some reading ideas. My all-time favorite is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.
6. Forgive someone who hurt you
Letting go of the past – even just a small piece of it – can lighten the emotional load you carry on your shoulders and make life feel a little easier. Learn more about forgiveness here.
7. Unfollow negative people on social media
If you’re following people on social media who make you feel awful every time you read a post from them, it’s ok to stop following them and find someone else to follow or friend with a more positive outlook on life. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
8. Go for a walk outside
Walking plus nature = a happier you! Even if you just walk down the block and back and see a few trees, a little greenery and fresh air always helps.
Pick one of the tips above and try it out today! Good luck. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about this question lately since I’ve been happy and stable for a few years now and continue to grow as a person…
Is there an “advanced level” to happiness?
Am I just waiting to get to the next level, or is happiness not measured that way? Are certain people “experts” at being happy or fulfilled with their life?
I don’t think so. I think you’re always still a beginner, learning the same lessons in different ways.
There’s a saying: “New level, new devil.” And some have said that this should actually be, “New level, old devil” because when you start to grow into a new level in your life, usually the problems that come up for you are the same problems you’ve always dealt with. They might look a little different but deep down they’re the same fundamental problems.
So as you work on your personal journey toward happiness, you might find that you keep running into the same problems. In this case there are two things you can do.
One, go back and work on the basics. I don’t think there are really any expert-level “secrets” to happiness, so instead you can focus on what was already working for you that you’ve tried in the past. If something doesn’t work for you, just move on to something else, because there will be something out there that helps you. All you have to do is keep trying.
Work on things like forgiveness, gratitude, being positive, improving your attitude, etc. Just go back and keep working on the fundamentals. There’s always something new you can learn or some way you can improve in a certain area.
Next, if you keep running into the same problems then it’s possible that you’re sabotaging yourself. Not on purpose, but just that you feel uncomfortable being in a new place in your life and you’d feel much safer where things are familiar to you, even if they’re not always good. You might want to read our article about self sabotage.
Happiness is pretty simple (though not always easy). Once you learn the basics behind it then you pretty much have all you need to start making positive changes in your life. Taking consistent action is the hard part, especially when you don’t feel motivated.
So just do what you can right now and take little baby steps every day and eventually you’ll start getting results and build momentum, and one day you may even feel like you’re an expert at this whole happiness thing. 🙂
If you’d like more tips on how to be happier, check out our 30 Day Negativity Detox.