15 Small Ways to Be Happier This Year







Happiness is found within, it starts from yourself and yet it can be different for everyone. It can be inner peace and alignment with one’s values or being able to pursue your dreams. And while you can lead a happy life, it’s not always guaranteed to feel happy at all times. So whenever you felt like you need cheering up, try the following simple tips and make it a habit of yours:



1. Smile

Smiling is a result of happiness and a cause for happiness too. When you’re happy you smile, but also when you smile, your brain releases the dopamine hormone that makes us happy. So the next time, you feel sad for no reason, crack a smile.



2. Exercise

Exercising helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and on the other hand, it boosts self-esteem and happiness. It doesn’t have to be hours of exercising, a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood or starting the day with 5 minutes of stretching can make a difference.



3. Get plenty of sleep

Good-night sleep is vital for good health and emotional well-being. Most adults need to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. And to guarantee a good sleep quality, stay away from screens for an hour before bed, you can take a relaxing bath or read a book to help you sleep faster.



4. Eat some happy food

Happiness can be on your plate too. It’s been proven that some food is responsible for releasing hormones that are responsible for your happiness, and by that, we’re not referring to junk food that can leave you bloated or constipated or even distressed for the whole day. The happiness diet is nutritious, light, help you stay active all day, and keep the sad blues away as well.

* Green tea: helps reduces your stress level up to 20%

* Raw walnuts: it’s rich in magnesium that can help manage symptoms of anxiety and stress

* Dark chocolate: the antioxidants in the dark chocolate help lower stress hormone level

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Find out more about it: 16 Foods That Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression



5. Be grateful

A simple thought of gratitude can shift your focus and make you more positive. Gratitude has been shown to have a great impact on feelings of hope and happiness. So whenever you felt like complaining, try to remind yourself of the things you’re grateful for. Our lives are full of blessings, even when troubles make us believe otherwise.



6. Spread kindness

Kindness is contagious, it has been proven that performing an act of kindness can help lift your mood and boost your self-esteem. It doesn’t have to be a life-changing thing, a compliment or a smile can make someone’s day and that’s more than enough.


Related: 50 Ways to Carry Out Kindness Every Day




7. Acknowledge sadness

Without sadness, there can be no happiness. The feeling of sadness is a healthy reaction of your body as a response to a negative situation. Even though we would’ve wished we could stay happy all the time, feeling sad doesn’t mean that you’re an unhappy person. It’s important to grieve in order to heal. Don’t just try to pretend that you’re happy and repress the negative feelings. Give it some time and take care of yourself.



8. Keep a journal

Writing things down can help dump your racing thoughts and put them into perspective. This can help you identify the areas that you need to work on and the decisions that should be made to make your life better and get you closer to your goals. If you feel uncomfortable writing your thoughts down, you can share your thoughts with a friend who’ll understand and if you can’t find anyone willing to listen, I recommend using 7cups of tea, it’s a platform that provides trained listeners who are willing to lend a friendly ear.



9. Face your stressors

It’s almost impossible to avoid all the stressors in our lives. But that doesn’t mean to give up to them. A great way to deal with stressors that you can’t eliminate from your life is to change your attitude about them and start seeing them as a way to grow stronger. Stress isn’t always harmful, it’s a healthy reaction that is meant to help you deal with urgent matters you need to take action on by boosting your adrenaline.



Other things you can try every now and then

10. Declutter



Clutter can be time-consuming and be a stressor in your life. A lot of people claim to find their lives more peaceful after decluttering their living and working space.

"Clutter is not just physical stuff, it’s old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits." –Eleanor Brown

Resolve to also get rid of bad habits and to keep your distance from toxic people.

Related: 75 Things You Should Get Rid Of Immediately




11. Spending time with people you love


Healthy relationships are a source of happiness and contentment and spending time with people you love might be all you need when you’re having the blues.

It’s true that once we’re adults, it can be hard to make new friends. Doing the things you love can help you meet like-minded people, like taking yoga classes or joining a book club if that’s something you love. If not, pets can be the best friend.



12. Go out in nature

It’s been proven that just 20 minutes of contact with nature will lower stress hormone levels. You can 
go for a walk in the public park or you can spend some time gardening if you own a backyard or a rooftop garden.



13. Meditate

If you’re new to this, you can try a guided meditation that you can find online. You can use this as an exercise to help you breathe deeper. Meditation can help you cope better with anxiety, lower your stress level, promote your emotional health along with many other benefits both for your physical and emotional health.

Related: 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation




14. Establish a self-care ritual

Taking care of yourself is important and can help you feel better about yourself and life in general. If we want to show kindness to others, then we should start with ourselves. It can be taking a hot bath at the end of the day, putting a mask on your face and drinking something warm.



15. Let go of grudges

The idea of letting someone get away with hurting us might seem hard to consider. But the truth is, by holding grudges you’re doing more harm to yourself than to the one who hurt you. Forgiving and letting go, is first of all, for you. It’ll bring peace to your life and you’ll be able to focus your energy on something more important and more constructive. Do yourself a favor and forget those who did you wrong.




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