Happiness is not something we find from the outside, it is something we cultivate for ourselves from the inside. 

This isn’t a blog about how to be happy all the time.  We are all going to get frustrated, or angry from time to time. 

This is about how to bounce back sooner from that negative emotion to get your happiness back. 

Happiness isn’t just about momentary pleasure; it’s about cultivating habits and mindsets that foster a deeper sense of well-being. 

Here are ten tips to help you increase your happiness level.

1. Practice Gratitude Daily

Gratitude is a powerful tool for boosting happiness. Take 5 minutes at the end of the day and reflect on what you’re grateful for. You can’t be in gratitude and worrying at the same time so it will shift your mood on the down days to just a little more optimistic. 

2. Engage in Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is not only good for your body but also for your mind. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. It could be any type of movement that feels good to you, such as a walk with the dog, a yoga session, lifting some light weights, or even a good deep cleaning session in your house. The benefits of movement include reduced stress, improved sleep, and a happier outlook on life.

3. Cultivate Positive Relationships

Invest time and energy in building and maintaining relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Engaging in meaningful conversations, showing kindness, and being a good listener can deepen these bonds and bring joy to both you and others.

4. Pursue Meaningful Goals

Setting and working towards meaningful goals gives your life direction and purpose. Whether it’s advancing in your career, learning a new skill, or contributing to your community, having goals to strive for can provide a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Break down your goals into manageable steps and celebrate your progress along the way.

5. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation can help you stay grounded and present, reducing stress and enhancing your overall sense of well-being. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Meditation practices, even for just a few minutes a day, can help calm your mind, improve focus, and increase your capacity for joy. These are both practices that get easier over time.  Keep doing them.  Even starting with a few minutes a day will make a difference. 

6. Prioritize Self-Care

Make time for activities that nurture your body, mind, and spirit. This can include getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, spending time in nature, or having fun with hobbies that you love.

7. Give Back to Others

Helping others can bring immense joy and satisfaction. Acts of kindness, whether big or small, can boost your happiness and create a positive ripple effect. Volunteering, helping a neighbor, or simply offering a smile and a kind word can make a significant difference in someone else’s day and enhance your own sense of purpose.

8. Embrace Positivity

Cultivating a positive mindset can transform your outlook on life. Focus on the good in situations and be aware of how you talk to yourself too. Don’t say things to and about yourself practice positive self-talk. Stop replaying negative stories or spending time around negative energy. Positiveness from you will influence the people around you as well. 

9. Learn to Let Go

Holding onto grudges, regrets, or past mistakes can weigh you down and diminish your happiness. Practice forgiveness. This doesn’t mean you have to be friends with someone again that wronged you, it means you are letting go of the hurt so you can heal yourself.  Forgiveness is for you. 

10. Set Boundaries

In order to be able to live a life that fulfills you, you need to set boundaries around your time and space. Avoid overcommitting and recognize when you need to step back and recharge. Declining an invite of any kind is not a bad thing.  It is a way to keep the boundaries that are important to you and can be done in a graceful way and with gratitude for being asked in the first place, but with the understanding that you are doing what is best for you and your wellbeing. 

Happiness is a lifelong journey but it gets easier to keep that optimistic and positive attitude when you are practicing routines regularly that help with that. 

The pursuit of happiness is personal and unique to you. Find what works best for you, change things as times change in your life, and embrace your routines with love.