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How To Be A Happier Person: 10 Daily Happiness Practices

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This week I’m honoured to have Kelsie from Simply Bentley guest blogging about her fantastic daily happiness practices to help you become a happier person.

I’ve tried some of these practices and they definitely work!

Over to you Kelsie.

10 Daily Happiness Practics

How to be a Happier Person: 10 Days of Daily Happiness Practices!

It seems like people are obsessed with the idea of happiness.  Everyone wants to learn how to be a happier person.  However, we seem to get so many mixed messages about happiness practices between the media, our friends, and varying self-help books. 

With all of these messages and ideas about how to be a happier person, where should we even start? 

The simplest way to begin would be to find small habits and daily happiness practices that we can make part of our routines.  The ones that are guaranteed to reduce stress, provide satisfaction or novelty. 

These will then give us the boost of happiness that we are looking for! 

Daily Happiness Practices

  1. Filter What We Watch on TV

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While drama and chaos can certainly be entertaining, what we don’t realize is that sometimes they can also drag us down. 

If you’re looking for a happiness boost, try checking in with what type of television you’re consuming. This can be especially important if you’re the type of person who watches the news. 

Often, after my husband has turned off the news for the morning to go to work, I find myself feeling negative and cynical because of the drama and hate spewed by the media networks. 

Changing that filter, and making sure to offset it with some of these other daily happiness practices will provide a quick happiness boost!

2.  Turn off Notifications on Our Phones

Phone notifications can be distracting, annoying, and even stressful. It seems like every app needs to alert us of its importance. 

“New deals on Amazon!” 

“Seven unread emails!” 

“Twenty-five new Facebook notifications!” 

Each of these takes our attention out of the present moment and away from what matters. 

Study after study has been done proving how distracting our phones are…even if they’re off.  It’s even worse if we are getting every one of those notifications! 

I recently turned off all phone notifications except for texting and calling.  It was like immediate relief.

I didn’t have that LED indicator constantly flashing at me, begging for attention.  I didn’t feel the urgent need to respond to every email or Facebook notification that came my way.  And I didn’t waste time creeping on the profiles of Instagrammers who had followed me. 

If you’re wondering how to be a happier person, start with the happiness practice of adding focus and reducing stress by turning off cell phone notifications. 

3.  Schedule Time for Enjoyable Hobbies

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The whole point of a hobby is having something that we enjoy doing.  Something that gives us fulfilment, and maybe even helps us to connect with other like-minded individuals. 

What happens too often is that as we take on schooling or careers, start families, or just have to start adulting in general, our hobbies tend to be one of the first things to lose priority in our lives. 

If we want to learn how to be a happier person, a seemingly obvious place to start would be by spending more of our time on things that we enjoy doing and get fulfilment from. 

4.  Connect with a Friend or Family Member

Busy. 

When we run into people out and about at stores or events, we always use the same excuse for why we haven’t been in touch…that we are busy. 

I could go into a whole rant about whether or not those things that are keeping us “busy” are really important at all, but I will save that for another time… 

It (usually) feels good to run into a friend or family member somewhere, so why not be intentional about this act.  I don’t mean following them around and “accidentally” running into them somewhere.  That is called stalking and is illegal in most places.  (Not to mention, super creepy.)

What I mean is that we should all make a conscious effort to choose at least one person a week to get in touch with.  This can be as simple as a text message or as elaborate as throwing a dinner to have them over. 

The point is not to create some grand gesture, but simply to show another person that we care and to nurture the connection that we have with them. 

5.  Start the Day with Gratitude

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As soon as my alarm goes off in the morning, I have been training my brain to go instantly to gratitude.  Fair warning, this takes practice. 

What we so often want to think about is how tired we are, how we don’t want to get out of bed, how we don’t want to go to work, and on and on. 

Instead, I’ve been working so hard at catching myself in these thoughts and training my mind to switch gears as soon as I notice complaining and negativity creeping in.

This daily happiness practice works best when you have a list of go-to items to start with.  You can then branch out to less obvious things. 

Some go-to’s for me are: 

  • How comfortable my bed is and how lucky I am to get to sleep in it each night
  • That I’m fortunate to have a roof over my head
  • My gratitude that I’m just a few steps away from a warm, comforting cup of coffee
  • How it makes me laugh when my dog comes over to get me out of bed by banging his tail off of whatever will make the most noise

Once I get my mind on to these things, then I can spend a minute or so thinking of other things that I am grateful for.

This is one of the most important daily happiness practices that I have started to practice in my quest to be a happier person.

6.  Listen to an Uplifting Podcast

This is a really fun way to learn how to be a happier person!  Using podcasts that make us happier as our background noise while cleaning, meal prepping, or commuting is a daily happiness practice that doesn’t take up any extra time. 

Probably one of my favorite podcasts for a happiness boost is “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin. She gives a happiness tip each day and makes her sister try them out and give feedback. 

There are so many great podcasts to choose from that can provide a happiness boost.  Ask around, search Pinterest, and see which ones you would enjoy for a quick happiness boost!

Also, check out 7 Uplifting & Inspirational Podcasts to Jump Start your Day

7.  Look for the Positive in Situations

One of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Soukup, gives one of the best lessons on how to be a happier person.

She says, “We can’t control what happens to us, only how we respond.”

We all know that person who, on a sunny, 75-degree day, where they didn’t have to go to work would still complain that the sun is too bright, it’s not warm enough to swim, but too warm to drink coffee, and their boss stresses them out. 

The good news is that we don’t have to BE that person. 

When it rains, we can enjoy the sound of it.

If we spill our latte, we can decide that it was probably better not to have the extra calories anyway.

When someone cancels plans last-minute, we can be happy to have the time to work on a hobby or read a book we have really gotten into. 

When we make conscious effort to look for the positive aspects in any given situation, we start to re-train our brain towards positivity and it will show in every aspect of our lives. 

8.  Get Plenty of Sleep

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Even as adults, sometimes we are just giant toddlers. 

Want to know how to be a happier person?   Make sleep a priority

When we are sleep deprived, we can become irritable, moody, and generally irrational. (I speak from plenty of experience in turning into a nap-deprived toddler on this one!) 

And a quick caveat on this…if you’re not the type of person who can lie down and go right to sleep, you need to allow for MORE than 8 hours in bed. 

If you are waiting until 10 pm to get ready for bed, but you have to be up at 6 am, you’re losing sleep. Literally.

You may have 5 or 10 minutes of actually getting ready for bed.  Then there’s who knows how much tossing and turning and counting sheep before you actually fall asleep! For some people, this can take them down to 6 hours or less of sleep per night! 

Know yourself well enough to create the sleep habits that you need to avoid turning into a sassy toddler by the middle of the afternoon. 

For more tips check out 7 Little Known Tricks to Help you Sleep Well

9.  Savor More

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This daily happiness practice might seem a bit more abstract, but it is actually fairly simple. 

Why do we do the things we do?

For instance, why do we eat the food that we eat? Hopefully, it is because that is the food that we like.

Why do we wear the clothes that we wear? Again, we probably chose them because those are the ones that we enjoy wearing. 

Take a moment (or several) each day to slow down.  Ask yourself, how can I savor this thing that I enjoy? 

Most recently for me, I have started to take my morning coffee out to the front porch. The temperatures are starting to drop and the leaves are slowly changing in my neighborhood.  I take my favorite, bright yellow, oversized cup of coffee out to the porch and I savor just a few moments in the crisp air each morning. 

This has been such a happiness boost for me because it gives me a few minutes of quiet and I pause long enough to appreciate my coffee. 

Find moments or things throughout your day and learn to savor them.

10.  Practice Altruism

Have you ever had the opportunity to do something nice for someone else without them knowing? 

It can be a truly fun experience to think of something helpful or generous to do, take the steps to make it happen, and watch in secret to see how the person responds. 

Sometimes, it’s not always possible to stay anonymous when doing these acts of kindness.  However, if they can be done with an air of secrecy, it makes them all the more enjoyable.

It’s almost as if you’re up to no good, when in fact, it’s a good deed that is giving the thrill! 

When we do kind things for others (whether anonymous or not) we get to see and sometimes share in other peoples’ joy.  Acts of kindness have even been proven to reduce our negative emotions and provide more satisfaction in our own lives! 

If you’re looking for opportunities that can teach you how to be a happier person, look for opportunities to be kind and see how it changes your perspective and outlook. 

Want to Know How To Be A Happier Person? Practice!

Each of these daily happiness practices usually provides us with a sort of instant happiness boost. The true way to become a happier person is by building these happiness tips into our lifestyle. 

This doesn’t mean that we need to be doing each of them every single day (although that would make for some truly special days!)

As I mentioned before, Ruth Soukup says, “We don’t get to choose what happens to us, only how we respond.”   I would like to add though that we choose how to show up.

We have the choice to learn how to be a happier person or not.  Ultimately, when we make that choice to be a happier person the benefits will reach into every aspect of our lives.  We may be amazed at how our lives change for the better.  

About Kelsey

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Kelsie Bentley is a self-care and personal development blogger at www.simplybentley.com.

She got her unlikely start after nearly a decade of meeting struggling, burnt-out women from behind the chair as a hairstylist.

Kelsie’s keen sense of observation combined with an empathic nature and an insatiable desire to help others led her to the online world.  Here she teaches women that caring for themselves is the key to living the fulfilled life that they dream of.

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Email: kelsie@simplybentley.com

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Thank you, Kelsie, for sharing your daily happiness practices with us.  Let us know if you have tried any of these tips.  Or do you have any other happiness practices you find useful?

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7 comments
  1. Olivier Devroede

    People often forget that what you take in affects you in many ways. And this is not only true for food. I therefore emphatically agree with your suggestion to filter what we watch on TV. It can bring us down or lift us up.
    Unfortunately, the uplifting shows are often cheesy or overly preachy. I also like Game of Thrones, but reflect on the show afterwards so as to not let it affect me su much.
    Great list. I pinned it 😉

  2. Chloe Chats

    Love it. Some really helpful ways to practice happiness, when I get enough sleep compared to when I don’t I can definitely tell how much that affects my happiness! I never really thought about the affects of what you watch can affect your happiness, although I don’t have a TV anyway so when I’m getting ready in the mornings or just at home in the evenings I don’t have the option to switch on the news, but I can see how the news can have a negative affect on you with all the horrible things going on! Great post, thank you for sharing <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. Alison

      Thanks Chloe, sleep is so important isn’t it? Perhaps not having a tv at all is also the answer!

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