Happiness Tips - Actionable Tips To Be Happier Tomorrow

This blog is already littered with real tips on how to be happier.

But there are some specific tips that deserve an extra mention. Most of the existing guides on how to be happy are rather thin and uninspiring. Example: a lot of guides tell you to start meditating if you want to be happier. But where do you start? What actions should you take next?

The articles within this section - and the others on this blog - will give you a toolbox of tips, with actionable ways to implement them straight away. As this guide grows and gets updated, so will this section on Happiness Tips.

Not every tip will be suitable for you, but if you can find 2 or 3 small changes to make to your life, you'll be surprised at how much influence they can have over time!

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Top 6 Things Money Can’t Buy (+ What To Do About It)
March 30, 2020

Having money at your disposal won’t necessarily make you a better or happier human being. It’s things that take work, time and effort. This article discusses the top 6 things that money can’t buy, including methods on how you can still become a better human being without spending money.

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Can Happiness Be Bought? (Answers, Studies + Examples)
March 24, 2020

Can happiness be bought? The short answer is yes, happiness can be bought, but only to a (very) limited extend. In this article, I’ll discuss what these are using peer-reviewed studies and some clear examples of happiness that can be bought.

Tip 1: Write down why you want to be happier

Grab a piece of paper, put a date on it, and start writing down whatever is on your mind. This especially helps if you are currently feeling stressed or anxious. Here are some great benefits of writing:

  • Writing down your thoughts forces you to actually confront them.
  • It allows you to better deconstruct what you're missing without getting your thoughts distracted.
  • Writing something down can prevent it from causing chaos in your head. Think of this as clearing the RAM memory of your computer. If you've written it down, you can safely forget about it and start with an empty slate.
  • It allows you to look back at your struggles objectively. In a few months time, you can look back at your notepad and see how much you've grown.

It might not be hard to imagine that people often start journaling when they are in a difficult situation. Even though writing down your thoughts might sound silly, it can have a direct effect on your mentality. Do not underestimate the power of writing down your feelings!

Tip 2: Create small goals that you can actually reach

Change happens one step at a time. You cannot change your life overnight, which is something that might be difficult to accept. If you determined 6 issues that you want to change in your life, then you would be smart to only focus on 1 at a time.

Why?

Because you have to build habits. There's a chance that the things you want to change have been a part of your life for a long time already. Therefore, it will be difficult to change these things. You have to consider these changes to be long processes that require constant effort. Improving your life is similar to a marathon and not a sprint. You can't work on all these issues today and expect to be happy again tomorrow. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.

Let's say you want to start living healthier. This is, of course, a very big and noble goal, but it's much better if you could narrow it down into smaller sub-goals. Try to figure out smaller, more specific goals, like:

  • Stop eating junk food on weekdays
  • Spend 30 minutes exercising twice a week
  • Wake up before 08:00 5 days a week
  • Go to bed before midnight
  • Take 5,000 steps per day

Notice how these goals seem much easier to accomplish? This makes it much easier to build lasting habits that will slowly transform your life in a great way. And it doesn't happen overnight. These goals can be narrowed down even further. An example:

Want to spend 30 minutes exercising twice a week? Start out with exercising for just 10 minutes tonight. Then, in 2 days, try to exercise 20 minutes. Next week, try to exercise 30 minutes, etcetera. Building habits isn’t about reaching your end goal immediately, it is about engraining doing that one thing you want to achieve every day.

Tip 3: Try to make others happy

Your happiness can actually radiate to other people. Your smile has the power to bring a smile to someone else's face! How can you put this to practice?

  • Smile to a stranger
  • Try to laugh when you're around others (not in an awkward way!). Laughter is one of the best remedies for sadness.
  • Do something nice for somebody else, a random act of kindness
  • Make a compliment to somebody else and notice how it affects their happiness
  • Etc
  • Etc

Why would you want to focus on the happiness of others while you're trying to be happier yourself?

It's easy: Spreading happiness will make you happy as well. Teach by doing, and you'll learn something for yourself as well.

Happiness is truly a subjective feeling that has a lot of myths, biases and different strong opinions. People say it can't be measured, it's a waste of time to pursue it and that happiness is not really measurable at all.

Despite all this, there is one interesting aspect of happiness that most people agree on, and that's:

When you are trying to make others happier, you will paradoxically find happiness yourself.

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Here’s How To Spread Happiness (And Why You Should Try)

Studies have shown that happiness can be spread from one person to another. Smiling at strangers, helping somebody in need, or preparing a hot meal are great ways to spread happiness, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s everything you should know in order to spread happiness to others.

Tip 4: Exercise, even if it's just a 15-minute walk outside

Even if you’re not big on running, you should still be getting regular exercise. Not only is it good for your mental health in general, research has shown that people engaged in physical exercise also have higher self-esteem. Find an activity that works for you and get physical! From running to rowing, dancing to duathlon, fencing to football and everything in between, the opportunities are endless.

Tip 5: Get off social media

If your Facebook and Instagram feeds are anything to go by, your friends are constantly on vacation, eating healthy, getting married, getting promotions and generally living a better life than you are.

Deep down you know that you’re not getting the full picture, but it’s still difficult to feel good about yourself when you compare your own life to the highlight reels of others. While a little bit of upward comparison can be motivating, research has shown that in most cases, it just lowers your self-esteem.

So if you’re prone to such comparisons, the best gift you can give yourself is to log off for a while. If you can’t do that for some reason, then use of the mute function and unfollow features that don’t add any value to your life and curate yourself a feed that lifts you up instead of bringing you down.

Tip 6: Be grateful for the things you already have

You've probably heard this one before, but I'm still going to include this here.

Practicing gratitude can have a great effect on your mental health, as shown by numerous studies. How can you practice gratitude?

  • Thank your family for everything they've done for you
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Look back at your happy memories and be grateful for those memories
  • Think about and focus on the positive things you have going on in your life

I find that remembering good memories helps me maintain a happy mind. Thinking back about that time that I laughed my ass off about something silly brings a smile to my face. This is something I try to do daily, whenever I find a moment to stand still and think about my life.

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How Does Gratitude Make Us Happier? (With Actual Examples)

Being grateful is scientifically correlated to a higher feeling of happiness. This article shows how being grateful for something can directly have a positive influence on your happiness. So even when you are not completely in control of all your emotions all the time, showing gratitude can at least help you steer your happiness in the best direction possible. That’s the most important takeaway here.

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The Benefits Of Reading Self-Help Books (With Studies And Examples)
January 23, 2020

Self-help books can be a powerful tool when used properly. They are cheaper than therapy and can be just as effective. In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of self-help books, to help you realize your full potential in your own time and without breaking the bank.

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Here’s How To Spread Happiness (And Why You Should Try)
January 13, 2020

Studies have shown that happiness can be spread from one person to another. Smiling at strangers, helping somebody in need, or preparing a hot meal are great ways to spread happiness, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s everything you should know in order to spread happiness to others.

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Fear Of Starting Something New? Here’s What To Do!
December 30, 2019

Trying something new is scary because there’s an inherent risk of failure in stepping out of your comfort zone. If you ever feel fear when starting something new, here’s what to do to be happy instead!

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Try Something New Today To Be Happy: >15 Tips And Examples!
October 18, 2019

Trying something new can result in unimaginable ways that make you happier. If you want to be happy, you should definitely try something new every now and then. This article will get you inspired to find ideas and go out there and change your life for the better!

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The Many Ways Therapy Can Make You Happier (With Examples!)
September 26, 2019

It’s time to address the many ways in which therapy can make you happier! Therapy exists to help you live a more fulfilled, functional and happier life by helping you deal with your thoughts, emotions and the daily stresses of life. This article is about how you should not be afraid of the word “therapy” and might want to reconsider it!

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How To Be Less Selfish (But Still Enough To Be Happy)
August 31, 2019

Being selfish might be good for you in the short-term future. But this will eventually bite you in the ass. This article is all about how to be less selfish and teaches you about the different types of selfishness you need to know about. A little less selfishness can boost your happiness if you do it right. Here’s how.

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How To Beat Imposter Syndrome (And Be Happy Instead)
August 24, 2019

Imposter syndrome can and does affect people from all walks of life. Feeling like you’re a fraud and fearing the day someone finds out can lead you to self-sabotage. You better learn more about it and teach yourself how to be happier instead!

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7 Activities That Will Boost Your Self-Esteem (With Examples)
July 25, 2019

Low self-esteem can often seem impossible to overcome because someone with low self-esteem doesn’t believe that they can do it. Luckily, there are some simple but effective ways of boosting self-esteem. This post covers 7 self-esteem activities that will help you get there!