9 simple habits that will make you truly happy in life

What if I told you that happiness doesn’t have to be an elusive dream?

That you don’t have to hustle, compromise your boundaries, or sacrifice your soul in order to be happy?  

That it’s not too late to fall absolutely in love with the whole process of building your life? 

Will you believe me? 

The truth is, happiness isn’t always found in grand gestures or life-changing transformations. 

Oftentimes, it’s in the small things. 

So in this article, I’m going to share with you the nine straightforward, easy-to-implement habits that have the power to make you truly happy. 

Curious yet? Let’s dive into it!

1) Normalizing rest and slowing down

Many of us have become highly disconnected from our bodies in the pursuit of success. We often rush from one thing to another, trying to cram everything into our busy schedules. 

But guess what? 

That’s not sustainable, and it’s not healthy either. It’s also one of the reasons you might continue to feel stuck or unfulfilled despite hitting your goals. 

In this fast-paced world, slowing down might sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually a game-changer. 

Each time you choose to slow down, you’re honoring the natural ebbs and flows of your unique energy. 

Not only that, it’s easier to take aligned actions and achieve your goals with a clear mind and relaxed nervous system.  

This makes resting the most productive thing you can do for your overall well-being. 

And one of the ways you can do this is by…

2) Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule

You might not realize this, but your body loves routine. It thrives on it.

So when you wake up and go to sleep at the same times every day (yes, even on weekends), you’re giving your body a solid routine to follow

And I know that life can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It can be tempting to stay up late binge-watching your favorite show or squeeze in some extra work or play time. 

But if you truly want to start your day right, balance and consistency are keys.

Sticking to a regular sleep schedule gets your body into a rhythm. 

This helps you hit those magical 7-9 hours of quality sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling more refreshed and alert in the morning.

And speaking of alertness, there’s probably no better way to achieve this than…

3) Staying physically active

In other words, don’t be a couch potato! 

But you also don’t have to go to the gym or do those high-impact workout routines if you can’t or don’t want to.

You can still be active while remaining gentle with your body.

After all, the point of staying physically active is to move your body in a way that feels safe and enjoyable for you. 

It’s about finding an activity you enjoy—whether it’s dancing, hiking, yoga, or even a casual stroll in the park. As long as you do it regularly, that’s all that matters. 

But one of the most amazing side effects of any physical activity is the release of chemicals called endorphins and serotonin. 

These are “happy hormones” produced by the brain, making you less stressed out and more relaxed after a workout

By making time to do things that help your body grow stronger, you’ll also look and feel your best. And this can include…

4) Indulging in things that light you up

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If you truly want to be happy, do what makes you happy

It’s as simple as that. 

When you make it a habit to do things that light you up, you become a vibrational match for your desires. This is because you embody the energy of the things that you want to attract. 

For example, when you allow time to pass while you’re reading your favorite book, you’re energetically saying to the universe that you’re a match for a life of spaciousness and relaxation.

When you make traveling and exploring new places a habit, you’re telling the universe that you’re meant for a life of freedom. 

So go ahead, have that scoop of ice cream, dance like nobody’s watching, or go skinny dipping!

Break free from your normal routine and find a sense of fulfillment doing things that you love, like…

5) Spending time in nature

The moment you step into a forest, park, or even your backyard, something magical happens. 

Your stress levels drop, your heart rate slows, and suddenly you’re at peace. 

It’s like a spa day for your soul, but for free!

A little story time: I spent a decade of my life living in a concrete jungle. 

When my health deteriorated because of my imbalanced city lifestyle, I chose to go home to the province in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now that I have constant access to nature, I notice a dramatic shift in my energy, creativity, and even mood. 

Hugging trees, enjoying the beauty of wildflowers, or spending time on the riverbanks keep me grounded. 

Nature also has this incredible ability to make you feel connected to something bigger than yourself

It’s the perfect place to be if you love…

6) Practicing conscious gratitude

There’s a difference between practicing gratitude and practicing conscious gratitude. 

Practicing gratitude is like being on autopilot, where you occasionally notice the good things in your life. You might say a quick “thank you” when something nice happens, but you don’t necessarily dwell on it. 

On the other hand, practicing conscious gratitude is leveling this up. It’s when you intentionally, actively, and regularly focus on the good things. 

You take time each day to appreciate what’s going well, whether it’s big or small. It’s a deliberate and mindful act. 

Practicing conscious gratitude flips a switch in your brain. Suddenly, you start seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Everything feels lighter when you make appreciation a core part of your life.

And part of living a conscious and happy life is…

7) Being intentional with your energy

In this modern society where people have become so immersed in the culture of urgency, protecting your energy is protecting your overall well-being. 

Remember that your energy is a precious resource, and you only have a limited supply each day; therefore, how you choose to use it can have a big impact on your life. 

Being intentional simply means that you direct your energy toward the things that truly matter to you. 

It means you’re ready to gain control over your life, strip away your “nice girl/boy” identity, and embody the image that you’re not someone who’s easily available to anyone. 

Because the truth is, your energy is sacred, and not everyone should have access to you.

By making it a habit to say “no” to things and people that might possibly drain you, you also start to establish a healthier environment for yourself. 

Which is why you should also consider…

8) Going on a “digitax detox”

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A digital detox can be beneficial for your mental health, especially when your brain is bombarded by notifications and endless scrolling. 

Imagine an introvert stepping out of a noisy, crowded party and into his own private space. 

That’s how it feels, and you can practice it in different ways. 

Going on a digital detox is not just about putting away your phone or logging out of your computer for three hours. 

It’s reconnecting with reality

A detox allows you to reconnect with the sights, sounds, and people around you, giving your senses a much-needed break.

And of course, digital detox also means being intentional about what you consume online.

So make it a habit to unfollow people or pages that are not in alignment with your values. 

This way, you can live a drama-free and more authentic life while…

9) Surrounding yourself by people who lift you up

Your energy is your currency. 

So being around people who lift you up is the same as making a worthwhile investment.

And because life can be full of challenges, choosing the right people to face life’s ups and downs with can make all the difference in the world. 

It becomes easier to see the silver lining in things, come up with solutions, or even forget. 

Being around people who lift you up can also inspire personal growth. 

When you make it a habit to surround yourself with like-minded people who genuinely want the best for you, you also become the best version of yourself

And when you show up as your best self, happiness becomes a given.

Final thoughts

It sounds cliché, but it’s true.

Happiness is a choice.

It all starts with a conscious decision to choose joy each day

And I promise you…

Life still gets to be exciting, your relationships more nourishing, and your career more activating the moment you commit to doing the simple things that embody the energy of your desires.

So go out there and sprinkle some happiness into your world, one small habit at a time. 

Your future self will thank you for it!

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Julienne Merza

Hey, I'm Julienne - a freelance writer with a passion for all things spiritual, wellness, and personal growth. I practice slow living in the countryside, where I have constant access to trees, wildflowers, and bodies of water. I love romanticizing the mundane and finding magic in life's simple moments. Through my work, I aspire to share my stories of healing and overcoming. If you feel aligned with my energy, please say hi to me on Instagram: @irishjulienne

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