3 Simple Happiness Hacks

Act HappyEveryone wants to be happy! In fact, it is our right to pursue it. Here are some ways to inject happiness into your day – quickly and easily, right now.

Here they are, three ways you can start to feel happy immediately. The first is really the only one you need. Sometimes it’s a little hard to do, though, so you might need the other two now and then.

1. Choose to be happy. It is actually just about as easy as that. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can choose your attitude.

Even if you fake it, something strange happens in your body and its chemistry changes to reflect the mood or attitude you are creating.

Choose to smile. Decide you will smile a hundred times today. Even if you force the smiles, you will begin to feel happier.

Choose to be in charge of your happiness and not let others lead you astray. If you encounter stress or negativity, decide not to let it overwhelm you.

2. Count your blessings. That’s the term I grew up with, but today people say “cultivate gratitude.” The net effect is the same: it makes you feel happy!

Think of one person who has had a good influence on your life or even just your week – and pick up the phone and just say thanks. It is like sharing happiness!

Stop and smell the roses – literally. Take a moment to watch the sunrise or sunset, walk barefoot, run your hands under a cool flow of water…

Do anything physical where you can connect your body with your surroundings. And be thankful.

3. Do something that feels meaningful. Small or big – it doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, just purposeful or worthwhile in some way, like a warm conversation with a friend.

Taking  a special moment for something that feed you spiritually works too.

Think about whatever it is that you are doing. Relishing a moment is like ice cream for the soul. Even mundane things like making a sandwich or doing the laundry have value.

Get geeky about doing them or about what they enable you to do. Sometimes you can get happy just thinking about how far you have come or what you have achieved.

Fire up your memory and think back over the past week or year – simply acknowledge the things you have done or tried. Recall one thing that made you smile.

Hacking happiness is fairly straight forward. Research has proven that the mind-body connection works both ways. Your body responds to your mind, and your mind also responds to your body.

Choose happiness and your body chemistry will respond, loosening you up and reducing stress.

Act as if you are happy, and your subconscious will start up those good-feeling hormones and soon you will actually be happy.

Feeding what is significant lights your inner pilot light and begins to warm you up.

Have a very happy day!!




Author: Sue Hines

  1. maxwell iveymaxwell ivey02-12-2015

    Hi Sue; thanks for this important reminder or set of them. It is so true but we all seem to forget the lesson from time to time. if you choose to be happy or decide to find the positive in your life; you will. however, there are those days where finding that bit of sunlight or a silver lining or a hint of a rainbow requires real effort. i think that’s part of the problem. people think that being happy positive optimistic is easy. well it isn’t at first. like anything else the more you do it the better you get at it. and i also grew up with the phrase count your blessings. and you know what’s amazing about blessings when you count them they grow. 😀 thanks again and take care, max
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines02-13-2015

      Hey Max, Nice to see you back. I think you’re right – practice makes perfect. Life, after all, is a practice. We keep on doing all the right things…

  2. You’re right, you really only need the first one but the other two help you achieve it! Great reminders, I’m going to put some of these into practice today. I love the phrase, “Relishing a moment is like ice cream for the soul.”
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines01-22-2015

      Fantastic! Nothing like inspiring action. Good for you, Meredith.

  3. Susan CooperSusan Cooper01-20-2015

    Hi Sue, these are all good ideas to get to happy even when you might not initially be feeling that way. Just trying to stay conscious of your mood and not let life’s little daily annoyances get to you and keep a smile on your face really helps. The other thing I do to hack into happiness is to do a good deed, hold a door, help an older person, buy someone in line a cup of coffee…even if it’s something small it really can make you feel good to do something for someone else. 🙂

    • Sue HinesSue Hines01-22-2015

      That is a good way to get the happiness flowing again! An act of kindness is another great happiness hack!

  4. Jacqueline GumJacqueline Gum01-20-2015

    Reminds me of the old “fake it til you make it”…and it works:) I so agree about the mind/body connection! Great reminder about that!
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines01-22-2015

      Yes! “Act as if” is a more formal form of that phrase. Both work!

  5. ikechiikechi01-20-2015

    Hi Sue

    You didn’t just list 3 simple happiness hacks. You listed some wise tips. Being grateful always makes you look forward. You pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished.

    Happiness is a choice. No one can define what makes you happy unless you grant them the permission to do so and I agree that doing a meaningful think can make you happy. I just read a wonderful post from Harish about a research that proves what you mention. Here is the link. http://launchyourgenius.com/2015/01/07/prosocial-spending-happiness/. Please do check it out.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines01-22-2015

      Thanks Ikechi, I will check that out. It sounds like something I would be very interested in reading. I think you were right in saying no one can define what makes you happy.

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