25 Little Things to Improve Your Happiness Big Times

Check out these 25 simple things that take little to no effort from your part and yet can change your current life situation around.

  1. Sleep eight hours. I just recently got out of some rather “insane” work mode, where I was pushing my limits and cutting back on the sleep very drastically. I was regularly on a 4-5 hours sleep schedule and even going without sleep for some days in-between if I had to. And all that to just finish some stuff I was working on and I thought are important right now. Somehow I still believe that you have to make some sacrifices to get more than the normal average joe, but yet I now find myself asking: at what cost? Is it really worth it to cut back on everything just to get something you think you want faster than you couldn’t without. Maybe it is more about “enjoying” the stuff you do and being a little bit more focused and present?
  2. Eat two meals instead of three. Never done this before. But I am now trying this myself and see how or if it benefits me. I will report back!:)
  3. No TV. This is a no-brainer for me. I never use my TV at all when I am alone at home. When I have friends over I might turn it on from time to time. But that’s only the rare occasion. When I decided to get something great done for myself and shape my life in other forms, cutting back on watching TV was not that big of a decision for me. It didn’t benefit me in the long run. And most of the time, we are watching out of habits anyway. So the big problem is not stopping to watch TV, the bigger problem is replacing this habit with something that has similar benefits to you. The thing now is: what do you get out of watching TV?
  4. No junk food. Again. Kinda basic stuff here. Don’t put garbage into your body. You don’t want to force your body to recycle all that shit into becoming you. Literally.
  5. No complaining for the whole day. (Also read my thoughts on why stopping to complain can actually transform your life).
  6. No gossip. Don’t talk bad about other people behind your back. There is no use to it, other than to feel better about yourself. But it is never helpful to bring others down or make them look bad in the eyes of others, just so that you can feel superior. Especially since we are all equals! (oh).
  7. Express thanks to a friend. If you are thankful about having a friend or something someone did to you, tell them. Appreciate their efforts and let them know. They will “thank” you back in the long run.
  8. Watch a funny movie or a stand-up comic. Some people like to watch some numbing TV series, or other stupid brain food. Why not fill it with something you enjoy or laugh about? It helps you to see your current life situation in a better (more light-hearted) way.
  9. Write down a list of ideas. It is not important what these ideas are about. The idea behind this is that you force yourself (or your brain) into a creative process where it has to come up with solutions and new things. I found this to be a very fun and liberating exercise.
  10. Read a spiritual text. I always love to read in books from Eckhart Tolle and just recently picked up A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose once again.
  11. Say to yourself when you wake up: “I am going to save a life today.” Keep and eye out for that life you can save.
  12. Take up a new hobby. don’t say you don’t have time. learn the piano. take chess lessons. write a novel. do something that takes you out of your current rhythm. Last month I started taking swimming lessons. This week I am staring out with doing some Kung Fu! (I am super excited already!)
  13. Write down your entire schedule. The schedule you do every day. Cross out one item and don’t do that anymore.
  14. Surprise someone.
  15. Think of then people you are grateful for. Maybe give them a call or let them know too?:)
  16. Forgive someone. You don’t have to tell them. Just write it down on a piece of paper and burn it afterwards. It turns out this has the same effect in terms of releasing oxytocin in the brain as actually forgiving them in person.
  17. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go.
  18. Don’t say “yes” when you want to say “no”. I found this to be very hard from time to time. But I always ended up being very happy with my choice when I was listening to what I really wanted for myself.
  19. Tell someone every day that you love them. Only when you mean it tough:)
  20. Don’t have sex with someone you don’t love.
  21. Shower. Scrub. Clean the toxins off your body.
  22. Read a chapter in a biography about someone who is an inspiration to you. I enjoy reading autobiographies from people like Richard Branson (Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way) or – something way more fun and extreme – like the one from Russell Brand (My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up).
  23. Make plans to spend time with a friend.
  24. Deep breathing. (Meditation)
  25. Focus on abundance. Think about 10 things where you are already experiencing abundance in your life. If you think you cannot come up with 10 at first, try to name one every day and stick with it for some time. Soon you will learn to see the abundance you desire everywhere in your life and therefore attract it even more.
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  • Monica

    Life is short. Let’s make it simple and enjoy it. Being happy is a choice. You can make it a habit. Good thing! MONEY is not included in the list.

  • Thomas Mondel

    I found that money has very little to do with happiness. The only thing money does is, it gives you the freedom to explore more of the stuff of which makes you happy! So money might be allowing yourself to experience more things you enjoy, but never it is the main cause for your happiness in itself! Thanks for stopping by, Monica!