Researchers and scientists have spent a lot of time studying how to be happy.
It's probably safe to say that most people in the world want to be happy, but not everyone knows how to have sustained happiness.
However, the pursuit of happiness is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.
Happiness can be a good predictor of one's health and longevity. It is even used to measure social progress in the world.
Being happy feels good and gives us the resilience to handle the inevitable challenges in life. It gives us a sense of aliveness and equanimity that allows us to be and do our best.
Although not everyone is born with a naturally optimistic disposition, we do hold the power to make changes in our lives that can help increase our happiness levels.
You can increase your positive feelings by consciously controlling your mindset from being a reactor to being a creator of your own experiences.
If you want to be a happier person, follow some of these tips to improve your life and take charge of your mindset.
99 Ways to Enjoy a Ridiculously Happy Life
1. Accept the circumstances in your life.
Don't fight against your circumstances. Accept that you are where you are in life while believing you will be able to do better in the future. Live where you are and work on going to the next level.
2. Allow yourself to find joy anywhere.
Try to be present in every moment to find happiness in it. Don't think about the future or ruminate over the past but just feel joy in the moment. You need to learn to feel joy no matter what is happening around you.
3. Don't fear death.
People who don’t live with the fear of dying are usually happy people who have inner peace and can relax in the present moment. Accept that death is inevitable, but the only reality is right now.
4. Boost the mood other people.
What happens to the energy in a room when someone comes in sad? They bring other people down. However, if someone walks into a room showing everyone they are happy, it is contagious. Help other people feel good, and it will positively impact your life in return.
5. Get out in the sunshine.
A deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to depression. Make sure you enjoy the sunshine for at least a few minutes every day.
6. Dress the part.
If you look good, you will feel good. Dress in a way that makes you happy and comfortable so you can be confident throughout the day.
7. Stop to smell the flowers.
Studies have shown that inhaling floral scents can positively impact one's mood. If you see some flowers nearby, stop and take some time to smell them. Better yet, keep fresh flowers in your home.
8. Give a hug.
Show people you love them by giving them a hug. This will release endorphins in your brain that act as feel-good chemicals to boost your mood.
9. Enjoy a new experience.
Not only will you have fun while you are exploring new things, but you will enjoy planning the trip and the time leading up to it. Travel somewhere new or sign up for a class that interests you.
10. Take a walk.
Exercise is an effective way to release endorphins, and taking a walk can decrease the stress in your life and be a calming activity during the day. Make an effort to take a walk whenever you can and get your body moving.
11. Take a bath.
Take a warm bath to ease your muscles and release some stress. Taking this quiet time for yourself will improve your mood and allow you to have a soothing break.
12. Start a journal.
Write down anything that is undermining your happiness so you can get it out of your head. If you can get what is bothering you out in a journal, then it helps you to stop thinking about it which impacts your peace of mind.
13. Eat healthy foods.
Eating healthy foods will make you feel better about yourself, which will make you happier overall. Eating too much junk food can leave you feeling poorly physically and mentally.
14. Get a pet.
Studies have shown that people who have a pet are happier and have higher self-esteem than those who don't. If you don't want to adopt a pet, find a way to frequently be around animals.
15. Get a good night's sleep.
Make sure you are getting the sleep that your body needs to function correctly during the day. This will help with both your mental and physical health, as your body and brain need time to recover.
16. Call a friend.
Think about someone you care about who you haven't spoken to in a while. Reach out and call them to see what they are up to and how their life is going. Keeping up with old friends can keep you happy throughout your life.
17. Start a gratitude journal.
Write down everything you are thankful for each night. Even if it is something really small — like you had a really great cup of coffee that day or the weather was particularly nice. Reflecting on the positive parts of your day will make you feel good before going to sleep.
18. Look through old photos.
Bring back some nostalgia and look through old family photos or pictures of you with your friends from back in the day. Take a walk down memory lane and think about how far you have come.
19. Take a Zumba class.
Not only will the exercise naturally make you happy, but the music and the energy that come along with taking a Zumba class are enough to make anyone happy.
20. Watch your favorite movie.
If you are having a down day and feel like you need to boost your happiness, watch your favorite movie that you know will make you laugh. The feeling of watching a movie while already knowing what will happen is also a stress reliever.
Take some time to focus on your breath and go within every day. Meditation is a calming practice that can help keep you centered and focused on only the important things in life.
22. Don't ruminate.
Don't look back on something that happened in your life in anger and analyze it over and over again. Let things go that have gone wrong in the past and move on by only looking forward.
23. Give yourself some challenges.
Setting and accomplishing goals is a great way to make yourself feel good about your skills and abilities. Regularly take the time to set goals for yourself and cross them off the list once you achieve them.
24. Get off of social media.
If only for a little while, log off of social media. Spending too much time on sites like Facebook and Instagram may cause you to compare yourself to other people. No one shares everything on social media, so you are looking at a warped version of reality.
25. Stop complaining.
The more you give your voice to negative thoughts, the bigger an impact they will have on you. Allow negative thoughts to pass you by without complaining out loud.
26. Learn a new skill.
Learning new skills will improve your confidence and give you a happier look at your long-term well-being. Consider learning a skill that is completely different from anything you know already.
27. Make sure to drink enough water.
Even slight dehydration can lead to feelings of depression. Make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day.
28. Be nice to other people.
Even if you don't feel like being nice, go out of your way to be nice to other people. Doing this will help you feel good about yourself, and it will spread joy on its own.
29. Practice yoga.
Everyone knows that yoga is relaxing, but doing yoga on a regular basis also has cumulative effects such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, weight loss, decreased anxiety, and better breathing, which can all make you live a happier life.
30. Brush and floss.
To keep living and happy and healthy life, you have to think about your oral hygiene. Bad oral hygiene has been linked to a shortened life expectancy and maintaining oral health can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
31. Be honest.
Whenever you tell the truth, even if you don't want to, you increase your awareness. People tell lies to protect themselves when they are in denial, but people who are honest stay true to themselves and make their relationships more enjoyable.
32. Respect yourself.
Having respect for yourself will increase the amount of love that you can offer yourself and other people. Make wise decisions that are in line with your values and maintain a strong respect for your values and beliefs. Before you can properly respect other people, you first have to learn how to show respect for yourself.
33. Forgive yourself.
While this can be hard, you have to have compassion and forgiveness towards yourself. Release any hateful or negative emotions that you are holding towards yourself. Doing this will allow you to live without regret.
34. Forgive other people.
Just as important as forgiving yourself, you must forgive other people. Holding onto a grudge will prevent you from being completely happy in life.
35. Make friends with like-minded people.
On your journey towards happiness, becoming friends with like-minded people can help you along the way. Find people who share your desire for a happy life and who have a generally optimistic outlook.
36. Take action toward your dreams.
Having dreams and goals will increase your happiness, as it encourages you to take action to do something. The feeling of working toward something you desire will boost your happiness.
37. Take control of your habits.
Are you living in a way that is benefiting your mental and physical health? Or do you have some bad habits that you know you need to stop? Make any positive changes you need to in your lifestyle to improve your happiness.
38. Face your fears.
It can be very hard to face your fears, but doing so will empower you. If you have a fear of public speaking, heights, or even bugs, face your fear and conquer it.
39. Eat chocolate.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which gives you a rush of endorphins. Choose dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa. It’s healthier than milk chocolate.
40. Get rid of ANTS.
No, not the insect. ANTS are Automatic Negative Thoughts. They often surface when you are depressed because your mind obsesses over the worst possible things. Teach yourself how to recognize ANTS and try not to react to them. Sometimes just identifying the thought is enough to get rid of it.
41. Express your stress.
42. Ask the dumb questions.
Chances are, your questions are not dumb. There are other people wondering the same thing, but they just are afraid to ask. Immerse yourself in knowledge by asking a lot of questions.
43. Make a list of things you appreciate about yourself.
This will make you feel good about yourself and acknowledge your strong points. Keep this list and look back at it whenever you start to feel down.
44. Give to people.
Give to other people without expecting anything in return. Help a coworker who is overwhelmed. . It’s almost impossible to be angry when you’re genuinely caring for someone else.
45. Switch up your routine.
One reason people get depressed is that they get bored. Life is short, and there are infinite ways to make your life a bit more surprising. Doing new things can make you feel really good.
46. Clean your house.
Having a clean living area will reduce the clutter in your life and in your mind. Clean up your house each night so you can live in a peaceful environment.
47. Stop thinking you're too old.
You're never too old. Want to go back to school or travel or ask someone new out on a date? Go for it. Age is just a number — it doesn't define you or what you can accomplish.
48. Keep your expectations in check.
If you have moderate expectations, you will have a greater chance that your expectations are met. Don't expect too much from other people, and they may surprise you.
49. Don't put so much pressure on yourself.
Relax, because you are doing fine. All of the self-criticism and self-doubt isn't helping your happiness levels. Set realistic goals, do your best, and try to enjoy the process.
50. Don't stay at work longer than you have to.
Work to live, don't live to work. Create balance in your life between your job, your relationships, and your personal priorities. Having a balanced life is key to happiness.
51. Remember what is actually important in life.
Your family, your friends, your community, and your values are truly important. Don't invest too much time, energy, or money on material things, empty pursuits, and people who drain you.
52. Say yes more often.
Even if you don't feel like going out to dinner with your friends, make the effort to go anyway. These are the moments you will remember, not what happened on a television show.
Try to overcome inertia and say, “Yes” to the adventures that come your way.
53. Don't speak unkindly about others.
This only reveals your own insecurities. Try to see and speak the best about people, knowing that we all have flaws. Following this rule will make you feel better about yourself.
54. Remember that everyone is your equal.
The person bagging your items at the grocery store, the person handing you your lunch at the drive-through, the salesperson on the telephone — they all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It's hard to be truly happy when you believe you're better than others.
55. Practice active listening.
When someone is talking to you, realize that they are telling you something for a reason and you might get something out of it. Always try to listen mindfully and attentively. Empathic listening is an attractive quality that draws others to you and makes you feel good about yourself.
56. Avoid fads.
If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Don't get hung up on the latest thing. It will just cause you stress trying to be or do something that may not feel authentic to you. Follow your own path.
57. Learn from your failures.
Failure doesn't have to drag you into the pits of despair. Failure shows you had the courage and motivation to try. Be proud of that and look for the lessons you can learn from failure.
58. Adopt a positive outlook about bad weather.
Don't allow an unexpected turn in the weather undermine your happiness. If it's raining outside, choose to be happy about it. Find something fun to do in the rain, or use bad weather as a reason to do something inside you've been wanting to do.
59. Treat yourself.
Every once in a while, go ahead and splurge. Whether that is on a dessert or on an expensive outfit, treat yourself and enjoy it without an ounce of guilt.
60. Treat other people.
Pick up the tab on occasion, even if you don't really know the person you are with. Surprising someone this way always makes you feel good and makes the other person feel special.
61. Be patient.
Don't get angry when things take longer than you expect them to take. Take a deep breath and accept this waiting time as an opportunity to do something positive — even if it's meditating while waiting in line.
62. Spend time with children.
Appreciate their innocence and sense of wonder. The smallest things can make them deliriously happy. You can learn simple but important lessons from children.
63. Talk to your grandparents.
Ask them what life was like when they were growing up. Ask about their first car, their first date, what it was like at school. It will be fascinating to compare their life to yours. The interaction will boost your happiness and theirs.
64. Leave anonymous notes.
Leave nice notes for people without expecting them to know who the note is from. Making other people feel good is one of the keys to happiness.
65. Keep learning.
Continue to expand your knowledge throughout your life. Knowledge is power and opens the door for new opportunities and experiences which can boost your happiness.
66. Embrace that hard times will pass.
Don't get too wrapped up in negative situations that happen. Yes, they can be painful and upsetting in the moment, but remember that “this too shall pass.” Knowing that life challenges aren't a life sentence can help your overall happiness levels.
67. Don't try to please everyone.
It will never happen, and you are setting yourself up for frustration and resentment if you try. Be yourself and learn how to not care what people think. Those who accept you as you are are those who contribute to your happiness.
68. Accept it's ok if someone doesn't like you.
Not everyone who you come in contact with in life is going to like you. That's fine — and you certainly won't like everyone you come in contact with either. You'll be happier if you surround yourself with people who do like you.
69. Explore your spirituality.
You don't have to be religious to be spiritual. Being spiritual is just connecting to something that is bigger than you are. Search for your own spiritual touchstones and use them to foster contentment.
70. Relax about small inconveniences.
Maybe you are stuck in a traffic jam, or you're put on hold for what seems like hours. Take this time to relax — there is nothing else you can do.
71. Don't always assume you're right.
When you acknowledge that there are many perspectives, opinions, and beliefs, you free yourself to listen to others, to learn something new, and to be flexible in your thinking. Being rigid isn't compatible with happiness.
72. Quit the job you hate.
Life is too short to be miserable for most of the week. Even if you have to take a salary cut, your happiness should trump the financial considerations if at all possible.
73. Listen to the waves.
Listening to the ocean is one of the most peaceful things you can do. For most of us, the beach is a “happy place” that rejuvenates us and lifts our spirits.
74. Watch the stars.
This will remind you of how big the universe is and how insignificant your worries and problems are.
75. Put your phone away.
When you are with someone else, make sure to give them your full attention. Keep your phone on silent and stay in the moment with the person you are sharing it with. Do this when you're by yourself too, as spending a lot of time on your smartphone has been linked to unhappiness.
76. Simplify your life.
If there is a task or a habit you do every day that doesn't have a purpose, stop wasting your time on it. If you've overscheduled yourself, cut out some tasks or obligations. A simple life is a happy life.
77. Find a way to laugh.
Listen to a funny podcast or call that friend who always cracks you up. Laughing will bring you lasting joy. Even smiling and laughing in the mirror at yourself will trigger happiness chemicals in your brain. Give it a try!
78. Practice random acts of kindness.
For example, leave a small gift card on someone's car windshield for no reason. Buy coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks. Take your neighbor's trash can to the street on trash day. Spread the kindness around.
79. Embrace that difficult person in your life.
If you have someone in your life who is difficult or irritating, try to embrace them and their differences. Have empathy for them, and learn to appreciate their existence. You may crack the shell and discover a wonderful person inside.
80. Think before you speak.
Are you saying something for your own benefit or for the benefit of others? Don't give people advice they didn't ask for just to make yourself feel good.
Don't burst forth with an opinion before you consider how it will impact those around you. Speaking imprudently causes regret and gets in the way of happiness.
81. Stand up for what you believe in.
Remember you have a voice. Use it. Having the courage to stand up for your convictions empowers you, which in turn boosts your happiness.
82. Don't conform to what other people are doing.
Do try to fit into a mold that isn't quite you. You will be uncomfortable and feel inauthentic. Be yourself and find happiness in marching to the beat of your own drummer.
83. Don't let others tell you how to live your life.
You know yourself better than anyone else what is best for you. Feeling controlled, manipulated, or coerced by others will make you deeply unhappy.
84. Follow your intuition.
If you have a feeling that something is a bad idea, trust your gut. If you get an inkling you should try something, use common sense in tandem with your gut, and give it a try. Your intuition is accumulated knowledge and wisdom that arises from your subconscious. It can lead you to happiness if you pay attention.
85. Listen to live music.
Music speaks to your soul, evokes positive memories, and makes you feel good. Whenever you have the chance to listen to live music, even if it is on the street, stop and do it. Maybe even dance a little.
86. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
Keep things in perspective, and try not to make a problem bigger than it is. Drama and chaos can get attention and are titillating in the moment, but they lead to unhappiness.
87. Tell the people you love that you love them.
It will make you feel good that people know how you feel about them. Don't stop saying I love you. And don't stop showing it either.
88. Live up to your promises.
Always follow through when you promise something. Being a person of good character who honors commitments will make you feel proud of yourself and happy with who you are.
89. Take time to stretch.
Stretching out your muscles will feel good, and it is important to keep your body healthy. Stretch in the morning as soon as you wake up. Stretch after you exercise. Preventing injury and staying flexible will help keep you free from pain and discomfort — which aren't happy feelings!
Do some volunteer work. Your time is priceless, so giving it away it once of the greatest gifts you can give. Doing something for others increases your feelings of happiness.
91. Give positive feedback.
When you see someone doing something well, tell them, even if they don't ask. Being able to acknowledge the accomplishments of others shows emotional intelligence, which is a happiness fostering quality.
92. Take advantage of the parks in your area.
This will help you spend time outside, enjoy nature, and people watch. Nature has a natural calming effect, and there are so many opportunities for fun and joy in a local park.
93. Post inspiring quotes around your house.
Write your favorite quotes that inspire you on post-it notes, and put them around your house so you can be reminded of them each day. These are mini happiness-boosters that will brighten your day.
94. Read inspiring books.
This will keep you motivated throughout your life to follow through with your goals and accomplish the things you want to do.
Put on some great music and cut a rug. This will loosen up your body and make you feel free and energized. It's hard to be unhappy when you're dancing.
96. Take a new route.
Switch it up every once in a while and drive the road less traveled. You will see new things and have a new experience aside from your everyday, regular routine.
97. Get creative.
Spend some time writing, painting, or making music. Invite creativity into your life, and you'll notice it has a positive effect on your mood and outlook.
98. Tell yourself you can succeed.
Believe in yourself and your strengths. Always tell yourself that you can do this. You can use positive affirmations to boost your happiness.
99. Choose to be happy.
You can choose happiness. The only thing that makes you happy or sad is your reaction to your life events and the decisions you make to feel either positive or negative.
Tell yourself every morning that the day is going to be a great day because that is what you have decided. Even if you have stress in your life, see what difference you can make when you choose to be happy regardless.
Try some of these habits to create a happier life for yourself. Start small and once your new habits become routine, you will see your life start to change for the better.