5 Simple & Effective Ways to Make Yourself Happier Right Now

this is how to be happy

1) Put on your boots and get steppin’

Now, you might be laughing at the notion you can walk your way to happiness — but check this out.

“People who were more physically active overall had higher pleasant-activated feelings than people who were less physically active, and on days when people were more physically active than was typical for them, they reported higher levels of pleasant-activated feelings.”

And it doesn’t end there.

Your challenge:

Take three, brisk 30-minute walks each week for the next two weeks.

2) Grab your favorite pen and let it all out

And I don’t mean journaling.

“That people may enhance their romantic relationships by simply writing down their thoughts and feelings about those relationships has clear implications. The use of expressive writing as a tool for relationship enhancement could be applied to those in families, circles of friends and even work groups.”

Why does this work?

Your challenge:

Write about a positive experience in your life 20 minutes a day for three consecutive days. Take a day off, rinse and repeat.

3) Get out there and spread some love

Who woulda thunk doing something nice for someone else could make you feel better?

“We scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”

Talk about powerful stuff!

Your challenge:

Do as Seligman suggests and perform an act of kindness as soon as you can. Then pause for a moment and reflect on how you feel.

4) Sit down, shut up, and become one with the Universe

The popularity of meditation is undeniable right now.

  • Control anxiety
  • Promote emotional health
  • Enhance self-awareness
  • Improve memory
  • Fight addiction
  • And a ho’ lot mo’

Your challenge:

Meditate two minutes per day for the next two weeks.

5) Revive your heart with love and joy

Would you agree that being happy with simple things makes it simple to be happy?

Your challenge:

At the end of each week for the next two weeks, write down five things you’re grateful for.

It’s not a promise — it’s science!

The battle to be happy doesn’t always seem like an easy one.

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