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9 Quick Ways to Be Happier

Every once in a while, you might find yourself in a bit of a funk. It’s a common feeling where life seems to dull and the days blend into a monotonous grey.

Maybe it’s the relentless pace of the world, with its endless demands and expectations, that’s gotten to be too much.

Or maybe it’s the realization that the path you’re on isn’t quite leading you where you want to go.

It’s during these times that you might decide it’s necessary to change things up, to introduce new habits or activities that reignite your zest for life and make you happier.

Cheesy, but true: Happiness is a journey, not a destination, and it’s up to us to take those small, consistent steps that lead to a more contented, vibrant existence.

So, let’s embrace the challenge to be happier and start by implementing some of the strategies outlined in this article!

1. Turn off the TV

With all that is going on in the greater world these days, you probably need a break.

And chances are, you might not even realize how much you need that break.

So turn off the tv, especially if you use it for background noise.  

Let the quiet linger for a little to clear your mind.

You’ll literally have the headspace to focus on other things and can start to tackle the other eight other fantastic suggestions in this post!

2. Move it

When you get your body moving, it does all sorts of good things for your brain, and you can feel happier!

Exercise also helps to clear the brain and body.

If you’re dealing with some especially bad stuff in your life right now, start moving your body to get some mental and physical relief.

3. Organize a drawer.

You’re probably surprised that this isn’t at the top of the list since this is an organizing blog, after all.

But this list is not in any particular order, so organizing a drawer for more happiness is clocking in at Number Three!

Head to any drawer in your house and give it a quick zuzh to straighten everything for an instant happiness hit.

This tactic is particularly effective if you need a quick win, because generally you can accomplish this task in 15 minutes or less!

And when you feel accomplished like that, you’re also more likely to want to hit repeat and organize another space too!

4. Declutter

The next suggestion for how to be happier is along the same lines as the last one and is just as simple.

Pick up clutter in your home and put it away.

Having less out to deal with and a cleaner, less cluttered space always makes me happier!

And if you’re going to retort with “there’s so much clutter, nothing will make a difference”, let me just say you’ve got to start somewhere!

And taking action right now, does in fact matter.

So get going already.

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And if you need a guided approach to getting your home in order, but prefer to mostly DIY it, then you need to check out the daily organizing calendar.

It’ll help you make a deep dent in your clutter and help you eliminate it entirely as you sneakily form new organizing habits that’ll last!

5. Laugh

The next tip for being happier is delightfully simple and incredibly effective: watch a funny show and have a laugh.

Imagine curling up on your couch after a long day, tuning into your favorite comedy series, and letting the laughter roll.

The magic of a good laugh, stemming from the silly antics of beloved characters or the clever punchlines of a sitcom, can be the perfect antidote to a stressful day.

Or, if you’re in the mood for something a bit different, why not head over to YouTube and dive into the world of funny animal videos?

There’s something irresistibly joyful about watching playful kittens, goofy dogs, or even mischievous parrots getting up to their antics.

These videos can be little nuggets of joy, offering a light-hearted escape that brings a smile to your face.

Laughing is a sure-fire way to reduce stress and feel better almost instantly. It’s like a natural form of medicine, releasing endorphins – the body’s feel-good chemicals – and momentarily putting aside any worries or stress.

It also helps in relaxing your muscles and can even boost your immune system.

When you laugh, you’re not just entertaining yourself; you’re indulging in a therapeutic activity that rejuvenates your mind and body.

So, whenever you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, remember that a good laugh is just a funny show or a cute animal video away.

Embrace the power of laughter and let it lighten your mood, bringing a burst of happiness into your day.

6. Sign Out of Social

Signing out of all social media and taking a break for the day can be a wonderfully refreshing experience.

In the fast-paced, digitally driven world, we often find ourselves constantly scrolling through feeds, inadvertently creating a “need” to keep up with everything that’s happening globally.

This endless stream of information, though sometimes informative and entertaining, can also be overwhelming.

It’s like being in a crowded room where everyone is talking at once – it can be exhausting trying to listen to every conversation.

So, why not give yourself the gift of a social media-free day?

When you sign out of these platforms, you’re not just stepping away from the noise; you’re opening up space for yourself.

It’s an opportunity to shift your focus from the virtual world to the real world around you, to the tangible aspects of your life that bring joy and fulfillment.

This break can be a powerful tool in reducing stress and anxiety, giving your mind a much-needed rest from the barrage of information and social comparisons that often come with social media use.

So go ahead, sign out for a day and discover the peacefulness and clarity that comes from disconnecting and focusing on the beautiful simplicity of your own life.

7. Phone a Friend

Picking up the phone and giving a friend a call can be one of the most uplifting things you do today.

The simple act of calling a friend can feel both refreshing and heartwarming. It’s like opening a window to let in a breeze of camaraderie and connection in your day.

And why stop at just catching up?

Take this opportunity to maybe even plan an outing with them. It could be something as simple as a coffee date at your favorite café, a walk in the park, or perhaps a visit to a museum or a movie.

Planning an activity together not only gives you something to look forward to but also strengthens your bond.

8. Do the Dishes

Start a new habit of doing the dishes before you go to bed.  

Guaranteed you’ll be your favorite person when you wake up in the morning with a clean sink!

This is one of those chores that has to be done on the regular or else it’ll take forever to work through the giant pile.

So start loading up the dishwasher and run it or wash pot and pans up at the end of dinner to save yourself a groan in the morning!

9. Cut out Sugar

And last but not least, cut refined sugar out of your diet.  

Sugar crashes make you crabby and zap your energy, leaving you with just enough energy to be a couch potato.

Once I broke sugar’s hold on me, I started realizing how unhappy life was with so much sugar in my life.

Give it a try to see if you have similar results!

Over to you!

And now you have nine different ways that you can be happier, none of which involve spending any money.

Most take very little time too, so there’s no reason to not given them a try to improve your mood and better your life, starting today!

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