Instant Happiness

25 ways to improve your mood, enliven your spirits and increase your happiness

  1. Exercise. It doesn’t matter how, just move your body. Get your heart pumping. 

  2. Laugh.  Watch a funny movie.  Go to a local comedy show. Tell a joke. Or just laugh at life’s little surprises.

  3. Talk. Open the floodgates and let it all out.

  4. Play. Let out your inner child. Don’t worry about looking foolish. Swing on the swings. Splash in rain puddles. Lie in the grass and watch the clouds roll by. Allow yourself to have fun. You deserve it.

  5. Color. Embrace color.  Colors are widely known to influence your mood. Surround yourself with happy bright colors.

  6. Music.  Listen to upbeat happy music with positive messages.

  7. Get outside. Natural settings enhance your mood. Spend time appreciating nature, even if it’s just a walk in the park.  

  8. Novelty.  Do something different.  Anything positive as long as it is out of your normal routine.

  9. Aromatherapy. Take advantage of uplifting scents such as basil, bergamot, lemon, Clary sage, rose, rosemary and sandalwood.

  10. Smile.

  11. Appreciate.  Count your blessings, literally.  Make a list of all the good aspects in your life. You may be surprised.

  12. Do a kindness for someone. It feels great. a win win situation for everyone.

  13. Sing. Sing along to your favorite song. Any song will do. Be loud and proud.

  14. Challenge yourself.  Go out of your comfort zone.  Whether it is climbing a mountain, learning a language or just saying “Hello” to the mail carrier.

  15. Friends. Look up an old friend. Make a new one. Friends are like gold.

  16. Vacation.  Play tourist in your own town.  Visit the local attractions, take pictures.

  17. Dance. Wherever, whenever you can.  

  18. Garden. Dig in the dirt. Plant a tree. Pot up a tomato plant. No space is too small. Even a few herbs on the windowsill can lift one’s mood.

  19. Animals.  Pet your pet and if you don’t have one consider getting one.  Maybe befriend a neighborhood cat or visit the animals in the zoo.

  20. Touch.  Reach out and touch someone. Give a hug.  Get a hug. Human contact is essential to happiness.

  21. Create.  Make something, anything counts. You are only limited by your own imagination.

  22. Listen. Stop. Be still and just listen for 5 minutes. Notice all the sounds you hear and try to identify each one.

  23. Eat. Healthy food is happy food.

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  24. Sleep. Take a nap.  Linger in bed on the weekends a little longer. Sleep can do wonders.

  25. Nothing. Learn the art of nothingness. Allow yourself this luxury once in a while. 

There are really a million actions one can take for an excellent dose of instant happiness.  These scant 25 are only a beginning….what I think is of real importance here is a person’s attitude.  Happiness is a state of mind, after all.

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

**Helen Keller**

What do you do for a dose of Instant happiness.  Let me know and we can add it to the list.

Have a happy day!

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Strawberryindigo.

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18 thoughts on “Instant Happiness

  1. What a great collection of ideas. I would like to do everything on that list today! 😉 (Eating an ice cream is at the top of my list at the moment though! 😉 )

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  2. Reblogged this on Serendipity 13 and commented:

    I wrote this on my other blog a few years ago. I have updated it; put on a fresh layer of paint and switched it up a bit. I think it is a very important subject (HAPPINESS) and this post is deserving of a little airing out. 😀 I dare you NOT to be happy after reading this!

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  4. Have a happy weekend. Happiness is an everyday thing, it is something a wow thing when I come across a friendly spirit who stops by to say, ‘I like this.’ Happiness must be infectious. Thanks strawberryindigo.

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  5. An awesome post! I agree 100% with all of the points you have made – I may print your post and hang it up in my house to be a constant reminder that there are so many things we can do to put ourselves in a good mood. My favourite things are going for walks, dancing, doing photography and reading a book with a cup of warm tea and honey 🙂

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    • Hello Love Out Loud: I share all those favorites with you. It’s the simple things in life that matter. Thanks for stopping by and for the positive comments, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. I will have to pay a visit to you soon. 🙂

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  6. I saw that you read on of my blogs (though I never thought anyone would stumble upon them) and so I came to visit your blog! Loved this one. Sent it to my teenage daughter and put it on my Facebook page. What a wonderful way to start the day. Should have a morning check-list for everyone. Thanks!

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