How to Live a Happy Life

Happiness is sometimes something that people don’t think that they can ever have. This happens because our brains work not to bring happiness but to make us protected and to survive. Our brain helps us to be safe. Of course, there will be times where we all enjoy life, but sometimes this is just a quick bliss and the rest of the time we are stuck in negativity and strong emotions.

How do you find happiness in your life?  Just like working on other things, finding happiness is something you have to practice. This isn’t something that will happen right away, but when you try these things, you can live a happier life:

Focus on the Good

To be happy for your whole life, you have to change your brain thoughts from negative to positive. Take a few minutes each day to think of the good things happening in your life. If you do this for 40 days or more, three times each day, your brain will start to do this on its own.

Find something positive to say to yourself such as, “Today is going to be a great day,” or “I am thankful for everything I have in my life.”  Then when things are not going great, try to see the positive in what is happening.

Celebrate Victories

You will have good days and bad days and there are times that we don’t notice the good things that we have done. Take time to celebrate yourself even if the victory is small. Did you get all of your chores done today?  Victory!  Find a way to celebrate the small things.

Balance Work and Fun

Work is something we have to do almost every day and it can be the thing that consumes us the most. We have to find things to do that are fun outside of work. Spend time with people that you love, go out and find a new hobby, work out, or just do something. Make sure that you are balancing life and work.

Be Mindful

Being mindful can change everything. Take time each day to practice mindfulness by meditating. You can be more aware of what your feelings are. Being mindful means that you are being present, and you are aware of what is going on around you. This can help to get rid of stress and bring you peace.

Be Creative

Being creative doesn’t mean that you have to paint a portrait. You can be creative in the activities that you do. Being creative can make you feel happy for the long term. Try singing, painting, writing or drawing. Find something creative you like to do.

Accept that You Aren’t Perfect

You will never be perfect. This is just how life is. No matter how hard you push yourself, you won’t be perfect. You have to understand that imperfection is part of life. Don’t hold yourself to a place that you can never reach. Be happy that you have imperfections that you can work through.

Find Something You Love and Do It

It is hard to have happiness if you are miserable at your job. If this is the case, find a job that you love to do. Find what you are passionate for and that you love to do and build on getting into that kind of career.

Be Careful What You Spend

Money cannot buy you happiness and you have to be careful how you spend your money. Don’t overspend or do things that will cause you to be stressed. You should spend your money on something that brings you joy such as traveling or doing fun activities.

Live in the Now

You have to stop living in the past. You need to face every moment and love yourself. Escape from your past by living where you are now and appreciating your life.

Be Thankful

The more thankful you are, the happier you will be. Be thankful for what you have. Appreciate the people and things in your life. This will bring you more peace and happiness.


You can volunteer your time and give back to the community. Go and work at a food bank or at a homeless shelter. Being good to others can boost your happiness.

Find Surprises

Don’t let life be boring to you. Set goals for yourself and when you reach them, do something good for yourself. Find yourself in situations that you don’t expect but that you enjoy.

Listen to Music

When you listen to music it can boost your spirit. It helps to release good hormones that bring you happiness. Listen to music, dance, go to a concert.

Be Yourself

You need to be yourself. This can make you happier than almost anything. Once you accept who you are, you will learn to believe in yourself. Doing this can make you feel happy and comfortable.

Find Good Relationships

Meet people that will give you love and friendship. Interact and connect with new people. Don’t forget the people that have always been there for you and let them love you as well.

Stop Comparing

You need to stop comparing yourself to others. No matter what someone else is doing that you know or someone on television, you are you. Be who you are and don’t let negativity creep in just because someone is doing something different than you.

Don’t Worry

Worrying can cause stress and unhappiness. This brings negative thoughts that can ruin your life. There are things that you cannot control, and you need to not let these things take your joy.

Hang Out with Happiness

Find people that are happy and hang out with them. This feeling is contagious and can transfer from someone to you.

Be One with Nature

Go out in nature and go for a walk. Sit by a tree or plant a garden. Just being in nature can bring you peace and make you feel happy.

Think of Good Memories

Take time to think of good memories that have happened in your life. This can make you feel happy and bring back the wonder that you have felt in the past. Embrace these good memories and find happiness.