What makes you happy?
Everyone wants to be happy, but how exactly does one go about it?

Sometimes life just gets all a bit “too hard” and we forget about being happy.  Everyone’s definition of “being happy” is quite different depending on their priorities in life.  Have you ever sat back and taken time out to think about what really makes you happy?

Here are a few simple things that could make you happier.

Nourish your relationships

Family and friends mean everything in life, and research shows that spending social time with loved ones and friends generally makes people happier.

Always appreciate your family and friends and remember to tell them regularly and thank them for the things they do, never overlooking the small things.  As the saying goes “life is too short” so never let an opportunity go to say something nice to the ones closest to you to make them smile and make their day a happier one.

Exercise more often

Exercise can help you immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier and better about yourself.  It can also help buffer some of the effects of stress, overcoming depression and indeed it can have a dramatic impact on your mental health.

Not to mention the numerous health benefits of regular exercise.

Spend time outdoors

Simply going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine boosts mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory.


Thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier. When you smile at others they’re also more likely to smile back in return, creating an ongoing feedback loop that may lead to more positivity in your life and the lives of others.

True happiness comes from within

Starting each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for is one way to put your mind on the right track. Also, remember that your future depends largely on the thoughts you think today. So each moment of every day is an opportunity to turn your thinking around, thereby helping or hindering your ability to think and feel more positively in the very next moment.

Get a good nights sleep

A lack of sleep makes it more difficult to remember pleasant memories.  A lack of sleep may also make you more susceptible to negative emotions like fear and anger, while taking a nap in the afternoon may enhance positive emotions.

Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression.  Getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.

Accept what we have

A lot of people complain about what they don’t have or what happens to them instead of appreciating what they do have.  Complaining about it is a waste of time and effort.  Learning to accept things how they are will move you forward and help you let things go that may be causing you stress and lowering your mood.  If you aren’t happy the way your life is going then set some goals and make positive steps to change things.

Live for today

Happy people live for today.  They have positive mindsets.  Don’t dwell on the past.