5 Little Ways to Add Happiness in Your Life

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 18, 2015


Happiness is something we all want in life. Whether we realize it or not, life can throw some heavy curve balls at usโ€”making happiness more difficult to feel on a day-to-day basis. Some days, we are grumpy and can’t seem to find our pocket full of sunshine. All good things in life take time, energy and effort. If you work at it, you can still find the good within a bad day. Here are five little ways to add happiness in your life.

Be the miracle in someone’s day:

It can be easy to be selfish and only think about ourselves, especially when we’re having a rough day. But instead of ignoring your coworkers at the office, why not treat them to a morning coffee? It’s a small gesture that truly makes an impact on someone’s day. A quote that I live by is “If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.” If your day isn’t going so well, help someone else by brightening their day. I promise, you’ll be happy making someone else happy because happiness is contagious.

Cultivate gratitude in your daily life:

I keep a gratitude journal. I write down what I’m thankful for and give thanks to all of the blessings in my life. Sometimes, we don’t think about all the things we have that MANY other people don’t have: clean, accessible water, a home, a job, an education. These are really big things that we might take for granted every day. It’s time to wake up and count every blessing in your life. You’ll instantly feel happier once you realize all of the good in life.

Positive vibes only:

You are a product of your environment and your thoughts. Or in the wise words of Buddha: what you think, you become. If you’re constantly putting out negative energy, you’re going to receive a negative outcome. Instead, begin the day by telling yourself it’s going to be a good day. Out loud. Yes, tell yourself all the positive statements you need to hear before you begin the day.

Practice productivity:

Did you know that a sense of accomplishment make you happy? The combination of checking something off your to-do list and the relief of completing a task is beneficial for us because we become more relaxed. So set aside time each day to accomplish five important tasks, and make sure their done before you go to bed. You’ll sleep easily at night knowing you were productive during the day.

Move it, move it:

I begin each morning with a walk with my dog. Why? It makes me feel good to begin the day doing something active. Even if you HATE mornings, begin your day with a workout in some way. It’s easy to hit snooze, but get your body moving. It’ll amp up your endorphins and make you happy throughout the day. Still don’t believe me? Take a word of advice from Elle Woods:

Adding happiness in your life doesn’t have to be a big lifestyle change. All it takes is a little time and effort to add these practices in your life.

How do you add happiness in your life? What makes you happy? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Love it! The productivity one is huge for me. I really love how it feels to get things done.

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Definitely agree! It’s great going to bed at night when you know EVERY task on your to-do is done. Thanks so much for the comment.

  • Liz

    Love this!! The gratitude one is especially important.. I’ve started to write down all the things I am grateful for each night and it is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      I give you so much props for remembering to write every night. I write two or three times a week (sometimes two full pages at least in my journal). It’s wonderful to keep count of all the good in life. Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love all of these tips! Especially the last three. Sometimes I have to catch myself with negative vibes, and tell myself that it’s not okay! But I also sometimes set a timer for five minutes and try and pick up my desk or a little area of my room so that I can feel productive and it really helps! Great tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thank you so much for your kind words in your comment! Positive vibes are the best vibes ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love your insight on setting a timer. I tend to set a timer for an hour to clean the house–it really helps amp up the productivity within the hour!

  • I think constantly having a mind for gratitude is one of the best not only to have a better, happier day, but simultaneously become more like Christ.

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      I couldn’t agree more with your comment! Of course, it’s a great tip for your personal growth and health, but it’s also of us living more like Him. Thank you for your insight!

  • Positive only is EASILY the most important thing! Like no one needs negativity. ๐Ÿ™‚ loved this!

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      So true! Negativity isn’t the way to live. My goal is to always try and be positive (even when it gets really really hard). Thanks for your comment!

  • Major props for the Legally Blonde reference!!

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thank you! I love the movie–the reference was completely necessary, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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