10 tiny things pretty much anyone can do to feel happier every day

We all have days when we feel a bit down.

But what if we told you that you can feel happier every day with just a few small changes?

It really is possible!

In this article, we’re going to share ten small things that anyone can do to feel happier each day.

These are easy habits that you can add to your normal routine.

They’re so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

1. Start Your Day with Gratitude

Nothing complex here, just simple thankfulness.

When you wake up each morning, take a few moments to think about what you’re grateful for.

It could be something big like your family, or something small like that first sip of coffee.

Whatever it is, starting your day with a positive thought can set the tone for the rest of the day.

You’ll be surprised at how this tiny shift in attitude can make a big difference in your overall happiness!

2. Smile More Often

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple smile. It’s actually proven that the act of smiling can trick your brain into feeling happier.

So, even if you’re not feeling on top of the world, try to crack a smile. You might just find it lifts your mood.

Plus, your smile could also make someone else’s day brighter. And that’s a win-win!

3. Get Moving

I can’t stress enough how much a little bit of exercise can boost your mood.

I was never really into fitness, and the thought of going to the gym was just plain scary.

But then I decided to give it a shot. I started small – just ten minutes of stretching or a quick walk around the block.

And what a difference it made! I felt more energetic and happier throughout the day.

You don’t have to run a marathon or lift heavy weights.

Just find something that gets you moving, even if it’s just a short dance party in your living room.

Trust me on this one – your body (and your brain) will thank you!

4. Eat a Healthy Snack

Did you know that what you eat can affect your mood? It’s true!

Certain foods, like those rich in omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin D, can actually help to boost your mood.

So next time you’re feeling a bit down, reach for a healthy snack like a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts instead of that candy bar.

Not only will it be better for your body, but it might just give your happiness levels a little boost too. 

5. Reach Out to Someone You Love

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we sometimes forget to connect with the people who matter most to us.

Take a few moments each day to reach out to a loved one.

It could be a phone call to your mom, a quick text to an old friend, or a heartfelt note to your partner.

This simple act of connection can warm your heart and remind you of the love in your life.

After all, our relationships are the heart and soul of our happiness.

6. Enjoy Nature

I used to be a complete indoor person, always buried in books or glued to the screen.

But then, I decided to take a short walk in the park near my house one day. It was a game-changer!

Being surrounded by greenery, listening to the sound of birds chirping, feeling the breeze on my face – it was all so calming and uplifting.

Now, I make it a point to spend at least a few minutes outdoors each day.

Whether it’s having my morning coffee in the backyard, or taking a stroll after dinner, being in nature never fails to lift my spirits.

And the best part? It’s free and accessible for most of us. Give it a try. 

7. Allow Yourself to Feel

We live in a world that’s constantly telling us to be happy, to put on a brave face, to keep it together.

But you know what? It’s okay not to be okay sometimes.

Allow yourself to feel your feelings, even the not-so-pretty ones. It’s okay to feel sad, or angry, or just plain tired.

You don’t have to be “on” all the time. Letting yourself experience your true emotions, without judgement, can actually lead to a deeper sense of overall happiness.

Because when you stop fighting your feelings, you make room for acceptance and growth.

So go ahead, feel your feelings. It’s more than okay – it’s necessary.

8. Listen to Music

Did you know that listening to music can actually make you happier?

Listening to upbeat music can significantly improve your mood and get you focused.

So whether you’re into pop, rock, jazz, or classical, crank up the volume and let the music flow.

Dance like nobody’s watching or just sit back and enjoy the rhythm. It’s a simple, fun way to give your happiness a big boost. 

9. Do Something Kind for Someone Else

I learned this one from my grandmother. She always said, “When you do good, you feel good.”

And she was absolutely right. It doesn’t have to be something huge. You can hold the door open for someone, pay a compliment, or even just send a kind text message to a friend.

These small acts of kindness not only make the other person feel good, but they also give your own happiness a boost.

Trust me, try it once and see how it makes your day a little brighter!

10. Let Go of Perfection

Let’s be honest here, the pursuit of perfection is a happiness killer. The truth is, nobody’s perfect and that’s perfectly okay.

We all make mistakes, we all have flaws, and we all have bad days.

Instead of beating yourself up over every little thing that goes wrong, embrace your imperfections.

They make you human, they make you unique and they’re a part of who you are.

Remember, it’s our quirks and our flaws that make us real and relatable.

So let go of the need to be perfect and instead, strive to be authentically you.

Remember, happiness isn’t about big, life-changing events. It’s about the small things we do day in and day out that add up over time.

So why not give these tips a try? You might just find that happiness is closer than you think!

Did you like my article? Like me on Facebook to see more articles like this in your feed.

Picture of Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

Enhance your experience of Ideapod and join Tribe, our community of free thinkers and seekers.

Related articles

Most read articles

Get our articles

Ideapod news, articles, and resources, sent straight to your inbox every month.