How To Be A Happier Person – 25 Ways To Do That!

25 ways to boost happiness

Everyone wants to achieve happiness, but what is happiness? For every person happiness can mean something different. Some people feel happy when they do their favorite activity, for others happiness associates with family and friends.

There are people who feel happy when they can slack of, lay in bed all day and watch movies. What is happiness for you? Obviously, I can’t answer that…

But I can answer one question! Have you ever wondered how to be a happier person? Most of us have!

You don’t even need to be sad or depressed to ask this question. You might just want to be a bit happier than you currently are!

How To Be A Happier Person?

There’s just so much you could actually do to become a happier person, but it all comes down to how much action are you willing to take?

If you’re looking for some magical source that will bring you happiness out of thin air, then you’re in the wrong place! Well… You will never find such a thing!

You have to take action in order to see some results. Especially if your life is filled with anxiety, depression or whatever else that is bringing you down.

The more negativity in your life you have, the more changes you have to make in your lifestyle.

Today, I’m giving you 25 ways that you can boost your happiness!

1. How About Smiling More?

Whenever you smile the brain releases “serotonin” which reduces depression, regulates anxiety, stimulates nausea, maintains bone health, and helps to heal wounds.

So try to smile a lot. Think about what makes you smile, maybe it’s a specific person, your favorite actor, maybe some weird video game or what ever, just smile!

Stand up comedians like George Carlin or Bill Burr makes me smile every time.

2. Exercise!

Exercising helps to fight anxiety and insomnia, and it boosts your confidence. If you have sleeping problems, then exercise!

Many studies show that it reduces stress. With less stress you will have a better sleep, and better sleeps leads to happier life!

Plus, I think I don’t even need to say this, but obviously, exercising has so many health benefits, everyone should do it!

If you have sleeping problems and find it hard to fall asleep, then check out this post: How To Fall Asleep Quicker

3. Healthy Lifestyle Is Good For You

So, just like I’ve mentioned up above, do some exercising, move your body more often, and don’t just sit in one place all day long.

Take care of your body, don’t eat too much unhealthy food, don’t drink alcohol too often, don’t smoke cigarettes and most importantly – don’t do drugs.

If you manage to keep your body healthy, that will reflect in your mental health as well and you will feel better and happier.

4. Nature Is Your Friend

We tend to forget how important nature is to us, that nature is right here and we shouldn’t avoid it. Find some free time at least once per week and reconnect with nature.

Turn off your computer, leave your phone at home and just take a walk in a forest or something. Try to reconnect with nature.

Nature will definitely help you to calm down and forget all of your problems for a while.

I often take a walk in a forest nearby and I feel really refreshed and relaxed. So much positive energy starts flowing into my life!

It might not seem like much, but it can definitely make you happier.

5. Learn How To Breathe

Many people don’t know how to breathe properly, and sooner or later they face some health problems. Deep breathing exercises won’t take a lot of your time, yet you will experience some great benefits!

Just find 5-10 minutes in your day and you’ll boost your energy, reduce anxiety and in general you will feel a happier.

Be more aware of your breath, because that’s not something that a lot of people talk about, but it’s actually very important.

6. Meditate

Meditation can be a complete life changer for many! And you don’t have to do it for hours…

You can start with 10-15 minutes every day and you will experience some great benefits! Personally, once I started meditating, after few weeks I noticed changes in my mood, I became calmer, more relaxed and more confident.

I can honestly say that over a year of meditation changed a lot. I’m very calm even in chaotic situations, I’m more confident than I ever was.

Also, I noticed that my judgment become much better, especially on people, now I have some kind of intuition that helps me choose the correct people to be around and that is really useful.

Obviously, meditation can make you a much happier person because of all the benefits!

If you want to start meditating, you can check out this post: Meditation Guide For Beginners

7. Get To Know Yourself!

Just get to know yourself! It will help you to notice strengths and weaknesses that you have. In every situation try to use your strengths (if possible) and always try to remove your weaknesses.

For example, if you know that you can’t lift some heavy things, stop pretending that you can and try to find another way to get what you want. Get rid of stereotypes and try to be yourself, once you deal with that, your personality will become much more confident and you will feel happier!

8. Love Rules the World!

It’s a very simple fact – love rules the world. It doesn’t matter what god you believe in (if any), it doesn’t matter where you’re from, the culture that surrounds you, because every person in the world wants to love and feel loved.

A loving family is the ultimate goal for most. There are those who think otherwise, but basically they are just fooling themselves. My advice is love and be loved – it’s one of the greatest boost for happiness.

9. Do Things That You Love

Find hobbies that you love and find some time for them. If something makes you happy, even if it’s stupid, just do it.

Life is full of problems and you will never solve them all, so you simply MUST find some time for things that you love.

Go play basketball or video games (not too much though), explore your surroundings, watch a movie or play Lego (even if you are in you are in your thirties) if it makes you happy then why not?

Don’t pay attention to how it looks or what other people are saying about the things you do. The less you care about what people think about you, the happier you will be, because you’ll be doing the things you love without negative thoughts!

10. Be thankful for What You Have

We are constantly worrying about what we don’t have. For example, billions of dollars, best kind of cars, a girl or a boyfriend that’s perfect in every way and so on…

We always have something amazing in our lives, and it’s important to be grateful for what you have!

Value everything you have, because you can never know where life will take you. What you have today might disappear tomorrow.

So, simply try to be grateful for what you have, even the little things. At first, it might feel like it’s all fake, like you’re doing this just to do it, but it will soon start feeling very real. This small adjustment would help you a lot!

11. Trust Yourself

Try to be confident, sometimes it really is hard but if you can’t believe in yourself, then nobody else will believe in you.

You are an amazing person, very unique, intelligent in your own way and capable to do things that might seem impossible…

But, to show all of these amazing features, you have to trust yourself!

12. Be Spontaneous

Sometimes we get so deeply in our routine that we often miss amazing things and opportunities that are around us.

Change your routine from time to time or just take a break from all the repetitive things you do daily, and do something spontaneous.

Do something without overthinking it, like go out for a walk or drive a bike, but don’t think about where you are going or driving.

Try to be the observer of this situation and see where you will end up. It might sound stupid, but it’s really interesting.

Something new in your life might just be what you need to become happier!

13. Do Something Good

Try to do something good every day. It doesn’t have to be big.

Go help out that old lady to get across the street, donate a small amount of money to people who need it more, just think of something.

Words can help as well. Say something that makes another person smile and it will automatically make you feel better.

The more good you do to people around you, the more good will come into your life and you’ll be happy!

14. Use Your Imagination

A lot of people ask the question, “how to be a happier person?”, but most of them focus on and imagine only negative things.

Imagination is a powerful tool when used correctly. When you are thinking about what is going to happen in a specific situation, explore as many possibilities as you can, but focus on the best one.

Try to focus and put your mental energy on the best possibilities that could happen. It’s the Law Of Attraction and I talk a lot about it.

Whether you believe it or not, this law will affect your life no matter what. So, start thinking more positively and stop worrying and imagining the worst case scenarios all the time.

15. Choose The Correct People

People that are in your life constantly affect you. You may not be able to choose your parents, but you can definitely choose friends and the people that surround you.

If you are with someone who usually is in bad mood, depressed and negative about everything, then the part of his negativity will reflect on you.

Try to find positive people and be with them. They will slowly help you to become positive as well. Remember that you are reflection of all people you have ever met, and people with whom you spend most of your time has the biggest effect.

Don’t overlook this one, It’s actually very important, because the people around you affect personal success.

‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ Jim Rohn

16. Find Time To Celebrate Things

Try to celebrate things, even little ones like 1 year anniversary with your love or your new car.

Those little moments will have strong effect for at least few days, and when you are hyped about something you will automatically feel happier.

The little things can have a big impact!

17. Get a Pet

Sometimes when you had a terrible day, or when you piss off your closest friends or family, there is 1 creature that will love you no matter what.

Your pet (especially dog) has some kind of emotional connection to you. It feels when you are sad or depressed and it will definitely try to cheer you up.

Pets don’t care if you just did something extremely stupid or wrong, your pet’s number one priority is you!

18. Fight Fears

Fight off fears and insecurities, they are really dangerous and they can to turn you into a completely different person than you would like to be.

All fears can be beaten, even the hardest ones! be confident and trust in your self, go ask the girl that you like to go out with you or take a walk at night in a forest.

It doesn’t sound well at the start but after you have done it you will feel very well about yourself. Also, it’s an amazing feeling to learn new things about your true self. So, stand tall, be brave and get it done!

There’s one place where you can fight your fears, without any risks… A place where you can do absolutely anything… Sounds, crazy? Too good to be true?

If someone would’ve said something like this to me a few years ago, I’d think they’re crazy!

But there actually is a place like that… It’s your dream world!

You won’t be able to fight your fears or do whatever you like, if you can’t control your dreams… BUT!

it’s not too hard to actually start controlling your dreams. Check out this post: The Best Lucid Dreaming Techniques

19. Live In The Present

Stop living in the past and don’t think too much about the future. Just try living in the present.

You can’t change the past, but you can think about it. Learn from your mistakes and move on, or you might get lost in your negative thoughts.

There’s no harm to think about the future, but don’t worry about it too much. Life can go in any direction at any moment even if you planned it out really well.

You can’t plan and be prepared for everything, life is unpredictable.

But you definitely can enjoy the present moment! So, start living in the present moment, enjoy all the feelings and sensations that you experience every day.

Enjoy the food that you get to eat. Enjoy everything that is present.

20. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

As I said earlier, routine isn’t always good. Don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone.

Don’t be afraid to change or do something new in your life. You got sick of living in the city? Move somewhere else, maybe you will meet new people, find new opportunities and feel good about your choice.

You got tired of your lame job? Find a new one. Just try out something new and don’t sit in one place if you’re feeling bored with something.

Just get out of your comfort zone!

21. Take Charge Of Your Life

Stop doing what others tell you to do. You are the only one who should make decisions for your own good, so don’t be afraid to take them.

Just like everyone else, you have responsibilities to deal with. It might sound like a stupid personal development plan, but once you deal with things like that, you will feel better and more confident.

Ain’t that a great boost for happiness? Yes it is!

22. Find Purpose

Find your purpose, set some goals. Start with something small, like finally cleaning your room!

Even if your goal is really small, once you complete it you will feel pretty good about yourself.

Stop wasting your time on meaningless activities and work on your goals each day. You don’t have to work on them tirelessly 24/7 but you have to put some effort into it.

23. Think Before You Say

Stay away from meaningless conflicts or arguments that are not important. If you can’t get away from the place where people are arguing, then just observe…

Remain calm and neutral because if you will get involved into something like this, you probably won’t feel very happy after it’s over.

If you can’t escape it, first listen what the other person has to say. Try to honestly answer yourself if the person has a point or not.

Don’t criticize or blame anyone even if you know that it’s their fault, always think before you say stupid things. It would be best if you manage to stay away from conflicts like this, it never ends well and you energy and mental health is way more important than any of this.

24. Don’t Take Other People Too Seriously

I’m sure that sometimes we all face a lot of criticism about various things. Before taking any of it seriously, think if the person has a point or not. Criticism just doesn’t work most of the times.

Also, think about it… Most people only criticize others to feel better about themselves, so is it worth listening to this person?

If the criticism you are getting isn’t constructive you shouldn’t spend too much time on thinking about it. Know your worth.

It doesn’t mean that you have to jump into arguments with someone, all you have to do is find a peaceful place in your mind and avoid this floating negativity.

You can’t feel happy if other people can get into your nerves very easily. You must resist it!

25. Don’t Control Other People

Some people believe they are so awesome and smart that they can constantly tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.

Don’t be that person. If you see that someone is making a mistake you can advise, however don’t be pushy about it, because all you will accomplish is a totally ruined relationship with that person.

You can make other people feel uncomfortable around you. Also, what if you’re making or pushing people to do the wrong things.

You might think it’s the right thing, but what if it’s not?

When people are happy to be around you, they’ll share the energy with you and that will make you happy as well. Being pushy won’t make other’s to be happy around you.

Just Choose Happiness!

There are many things that can make you unhappy in life. But, how many of those things make us unhappy just because we allow them to make us unhappy?

Happiness can actually be a choice. For example, if you think about the past and you let it bring negative emotions to you, it’s your choice.

You let it happen. But, you can also choose to be happy for certain things.

For example, you can choose to be happy when you get food on your table. You can choose to appreciate everything in your life.

So many things in our lives give us specific emotions, because we allow those things to make it happen.

Start observing yourself more. Observe and see when and what makes you unhappy. Try to change it up. Don’t allow specific things to bring you down.

How to be a happier person? Just choose happiness!

20 thoughts on “How To Be A Happier Person – 25 Ways To Do That!”

  1. Dale says:

    This is an incredible page that everyone should read. Personally I think everyone should book mark this page. I know I have it saved and it is something I will come back to quite often. You should make sure you are telling everyone about this. I know I am going to tell others. Everyone deserves to read this and enjoy it.

    1. Donny says:

      Haha, thank you!

  2. ValerieJoy says:

    Your post covers some very important factors of life, the first one being – a Smile.

    It is amazing what a smile can do to change someone else’s day, or our own day if we are the receiver of a smile.

    I once wrote an article about smiles, and the responses I received were amazing and heart warming.

    The other important factors you mention such as Exercise and Diet can turn our lives around for the better. Correct food, exercise and fresh air and what contributes to a healthy body.

    Add meditation to all of those and we’re set for a good lifestyle ahead.

    Thank you for a great post.

    1. Donny says:

      Smiles can indeed make quite an impact on the mood. I often just smile even if I’m feeling sad, because it instantly makes my a bit happier!

  3. Eli says:

    Hello and thank you for a very inspiring and informative article, that brings the subject of happiness to the focus of attention. I would like to comment on smiling which is an amazing instant change to a human, just by stretching the muscles of the face backwards. If people smiled more, genuinely and work out more to get read of rubbish the world would be a better place to live. Just these 2 from the 25 you write about. I am keeping the article near me.
    cheers and thanks
    eli

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, Smiling can instantly make you happier. I’ve noticed this so many times. If I’m feeling sad or something, I just smile and I immediately feel a bit better. 

  4. Dennis says:

    Thank you for this article on how to be a happier person. My wife and I recently retired and we are full time RVers. Of your list of 25 ways to be a happier person I am doing pretty much everything on the list. I like how you have included additional links to obtaining more information. The thing I do not have is a pet. I love dogs and have had several but I also love the independence my wife and I have at this time. We love the outdoors and have a motorcycle. We will plan a day exploring on the bike and have nothing keeping us from staying out and enjoying ourselves. Everyone could benefit from your list of how to be happier as most are common sense but you do have to be willing to take action as you say. I am curious, out of the 25, how many of these things do you do?…Dennis

    1. Donny says:

      I do absolutely everything on this list! Except, I don’t have a pet either. I had one just recently, but he passed away after 12 years. At the moment, I don’t want a pet, because I’m enjoyed the peaceful silence everyday!

  5. Jeremy says:

    This is the most spot on article I have read ever about self-happiness!

    People try to always find happiness from external things but self-worth and appreciation is where it all starts!
    I know that when I’m not taking a break and doubting myself all the time for things I couldn’t achieve I’m never going to be happy.

    Taking time to appreciate the little things is the first step to being happy, humble and then successful.

    Thanks for this:)

    1. Donny says:

      It’s always the little things that actually matter the most 🙂 Like I’ve said in the post, it can feel kinda fake at the beginning if you start telling yourself how much you appreciate everything you have, because you never did appreciate those things. But, it really starts to feel freaking amazing after a while! The appreciation and gratitude becomes real, and happiness comes along…

  6. Babacar says:

    Hi there,
    I agree with all your 25 points. The one I will put in first place though is the number 15. Choosing the right people is key to our happiness. We can have all the point together but if the surrounding is not right you can’t get it right. I believe that we are somehow determined by whom we are surrounded.
    I truly love this article and will bookmark your page and look forward to more posts.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, the people that surround us definitely have a huge effect on us and it’s very important to choose and be with the right people. If you spend all your time with drug addicts, alcoholics, etc, you’ll probably become somewhat like them. Maybe, you’ll even be one of them! 

  7. Furkan says:

    I think I neglect spending time outside and we just moved a new place. I think I can explore here when I have free time. These days I just feel sad and I don’t know the reason I hope this will be good for me.

    1. Donny says:

      Definitely! Spending time in nature is so refreshing… Try doing it occasionally and you’ll notice the difference. It’s almost like meditation 🙂

  8. peter says:

    I definitely enjoy the nature part of being happier. I also take vacations-off my residence to enjoy natures beauty elsewhere. I also love to assist other people as I feel happy doing that. I love other points you raised here. They are points I am happy to study and develop to always stay happy. Life is too short to allow worries and challenges rob me off my happiness.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes! Nobody should allow negative feelings take over their lives. Why allow something to bring you down and slowly ruin your life, while you could be enjoying every second of it? It’s the choices that we make 🙂

  9. Ronnie Jordan says:

    I like your advice. I have and still, am doing about 20 of those things you mentioned. I think if a person sets goals and stick to carrying them out they will find some happiness the feeling because of the feel of accomplishment. Plus as long as you are working on something positive there is really no room for negativity. All the while you are doing what makes you happy.

    1. Donny says:

      Doing the things that make you happy is really important. Like you’ve said, there’s no room for negativity left.

  10. Marie Corfield says:

    Very good advice. Happiness is so simple, but many times, so hard to achieve. Love the GIFs!

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, it can be hard, but only if you allow it to be hard! Thanks.

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