15 Easy Ways to Be Happy

Do you often feel down or upset? Do you just need a lift? Here are 15 easy things to do that could make you feel happier. Experiment and let us know what worked for you.

1) Smile

Even if you feel unhappy smiling can make you feel better. Smile even when you don’t feel like it and as often as you can.

2) Laugh a lot

As with smiling this can make your happiness increase as laughing helps with the release of endorphins and other happiness-inducing hormones.

3) Do something crazy

If you are feeling unhappy do something crazy, weird or pointless. It may lift your mood because afterwards you may feel glad that you did it. Some suggestions: scream out loud, do a silly dance, rearrange your room in a weird way, or talk in a funny voice.

4) Give gifts to your family and friends

Giving gives as much pleasure as receiving.

5) Compliment people

Complimenting a person makes them feel good about themselves and could make you feel happier too.

6) Get your hair done

Changing or neatening your hairstyle can make you feel better about yourself.

7) Stay close to nature

Have plants at home and at work. Go out into the park or countryside.

8) Listen to music

Rousing and happy music can be especially effective in increasing your feeling of well being.

9) Treat yourself to a low cost treat

Buy yourself something that costs a few pounds such as some chocolate, a magazine or a DVD, whatever takes your fancy. You are worth spending the money on.

10) Surround yourself with pleasing scents

Use potpourri, scented candles, air fresheners or oil diffusers to fill the air with pleasant scents. Lavender is good for relaxation and rosemary is good for decreasing anxiety.

11) Go and see a good movie

Watch a positive and fun film to uplift you.

12) Do something creative

You could paint, make cards for birthdays and Christmas, write a poem or play an instrument. Do whatever suits you best.

13) Take time out

If you have a busy life, be certain to take some time out each day to do what you want. This could be anything that you enjoy doing from reading a book to baking to cycling.

14) Keep close to family and friends and others you care about who care about you

Personal relationships can have a much greater impact on your happiness than other parts of your life, such as seeking to earn a big salary. Consider living near to some family members or friends to keep in closer contact with those who are close to you. Do not be afraid to tell the people closest to you if you feel down as talking can make you feel better.

15) Be positive about your current job

Do have career goals but also be positive about the job that you are in: What you do today, whatever it is, is key to your present moment happiness.

Try out a few of these ideas and you could be a happier person. And remember, your happiness is important. Let us know how you get on.

Hannah Harrison

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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